Season 5 of Stranger Things will be shorter than Season 4, but it could feature a “Return of the King-Ish” ending, according to Matt and Ross Duffer.
They predict the final season of Stranger Things to be shorter than Season 4’s 13-hour duration because there won’t be as much of a buildup this time “before our kids actually get dragged into the supernatural mystery,” the Duffer Brothers told Josh Horowitz on the Happy Sad Confused podcast.
If you look at Season 4, it’s over two hours of ramp-up before our kids truly get drawn into the supernatural mystery, so that’s the only reason we don’t expect [Season 5] to be as long,” Matt Duffer remarked. While they are adjusting to high school and life in general, you get to know them and see them as they really are. Steve is currently on the dating scene. That’s all of it, basically.
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Obviously, none of that will happen in the first two episodes. For the first time in history, things aren’t resolved at the end of season 4. So, it will be in motion; the exact speed at the start of Season 5 is anyone’s guess, but it will be faster than in previous years. I think that will carve out at least a couple of hours and make this season feel extremely different because the characters are going to already be in motion; they already have a goal and a drive.
The Duffer Brothers intend to take their time wrapping up the series, so while the premiere may move at a faster clip, they won’t rush the conclusion. Matt Duffer has claimed that the series finale will be “Return of the King-ish with eight endings,” and that the episode length will be comparable to the two-and-a-half-hour final episode of Season 4.
Some viewers may have been dissatisfied with how the last Lord of the Rings film concluded, but Matt Duffer argues that it was worth it to give the characters a fitting send-off.
Matt Duffer has claimed that there are “too many endings” in Return of the King. If you watch them all in succession, which I have done numerous times, you will see that I am dead on. It would be cheap and inappropriate if it were any shorter.
Stranger Things Season 5 will be shorter than Season 4 and will have a Return of the King-like ending. pic.twitter.com/CIEX4qLvnl
— IGN (@IGN) July 6, 2022
The Duffer Brothers have discussed how the return of our heroes to Hawkins will “naturally streamline things.” Furthermore, the crew focuses on bringing the plot “full circle.”
According to Matt Duffer, “it’s going to seem a lot larger-in-scale than Season 1.” “We want to return to a lot of the things we did in Season 1 as well as a lot of the original groupings and pairs that we had in Season 1.” It’s satisfying to complete a circle. There will be a greater sense of scale and greater stakes than in Season 1, but we also want to explore a lot of the same ground.
As a last disclaimer, Matt Duffer stresses that anything can change as they seek to wrap out Stranger Things.
Matt Duffer laughed and said, “We’ll see.” If you had talked to us when we were first planning out [Season] 4, I would have told you that there would be eight episodes and that they would run for roughly an hour apiece. I, therefore, do not believe a word I say.