‘Stranger Things’ Creators Say Final Season Has Tone of Season 1 but Scale of Season 4

  • The Duffer Brothers teased what to expect from the final season of “Stranger Things.”
  • They explained that the last chapter of the show will be a mix of season one and season four.
  • The creators also joked that they made Netflix executives cry with their pitch for the season.

“Stranger Things” quickly became a pop culture phenomenon when it debuted on Netflix back in 2016, and six years later, the Duffer brothers are gearing up for the final fifth season.

Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and the Hawkins gang have faced a number of threats from the nightmarish realm of the Upside Down over the years. But season four introduces big bad, Vecna ​​(Jamie Campbell-Bower), who has been manipulating things from before the series began, and the end of the penultimate season sees him break the walls between Hawkins and the Upside Down, meaning an even bigger battle is on the horizon.

The show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, recently teased what to expect from the last episodes of the hit show when speaking at an event in Los Angeles last week (via The Hollywood Reporter). The duo explained that it’ll have the tone of season one, matched with the scale and scope of season four.

Ross Duffer said: “I think that what we’re trying to do is go back to the beginning a little bit in the tone of [season] one, but scale-wise it’s more in line with what [season] four is. Hopefully, it’s got a little bit of everything.”

The showrunner also explained that “Stranger Things” season five will have a bit of each previous season in it along the way, clearly as a way of paying homage to the series as a whole.

He called it a “culmination of all of the seasons, so it’s sort of got a little bit from each, whereas before each season was so distinctly — three, this is our big summer blockbuster season with our big monster; four was the psychological horror .”

Ross Duffer noted that they have “quite a bit more to get in,” before noting that they’ve got plenty of character arcs to pay off by the end.

He said: “A lot of these characters have been growing since season one so it’s a balancing act between giving them time to complete their character arcs and also tying up loose ends and doing our final reveals.”

Meanwhile, Matt Duffer joked that they managed to make Netflix executives emotional during the pitch meeting for the final season.

He said: “We did get our executives to cry, which I felt was a good sign that these executives were crying. The only other times I’ve seen them were crying, like, budget meetings.”

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