Now that the «Stranger Things» writers are hard at work on season five, small bits of intel are finally trickling in from Hawkins. The latest of which, thanks to series star David Harbour, is when the show will begin filming its final season. «We’re walking into season five. I’ve got a couple more months to train. We start shooting that in June, though, and that will be the final season,» the actor shared at the 2023 Middle East Film & Comic Con in Abu Dhabi, per Collider.
Harbour’s update comes a few months after «Stranger Things» creators Matt and Ross Duffer told IndieWire in August 2022 that the show’s final season is unlikely to introduce any major new characters, adding that their goal is to keep season five’s focus firmly on the existing cast. «We’re doing our best to resist [adding new characters] for Season 5,» Matt said. «We’re trying not to do that so we can focus on the OG characters, I guess.»
The Duffers admitted it’s hard not to expand the world of Hawkins in the final stretch. After all, «Stranger Things» has only become richer thanks to the addition of characters like Max (Sadie Sink), Robin (Maya Hawke), and Eddie (Joseph Quinn). But at this stage, the brothers are all too aware that they have limited screen time available to wrap up the story.
«Whenever we introduce a new character, we want to make sure that they’re going to be an integral part of the narrative. . . . But every time we do that, we’re nervous,» Ross explained, «because you go, ‘We’ve got a great cast of characters here, and actors, and any moment we’re spending with a new character, we’re taking time away from one of the other actors.’ So we’re just very, very careful about who we’re introducing.»
Aside from revealing that season five will focus on the original cast, the creative team are keeping their plans top secret for now. But still, a few other nuggets of information have been announced to keep viewers satisfied in the interim. For starters, the «Stranger Things» writers have already announced that they’re working on season five, as the series confirmed in an Aug. 2 tweet that read «Day 1» above a photo of a whiteboard. Additionally, the season four finale definitely looks toward a final season that will have more chaos, more drama, and more monsters than ever before. As we wait for more news about the show’s ending — plus its spinoff and newly announced prequel stage play — take a look at what we know so far about «Stranger Things» season five, including the plot, cast, and why it’s the final chapter of the series.
— Additional reporting by Pallavi Bhadu and Victoria Edel