Stranger Things season 5 is halfway done filming: Everything we know so far

Ross Duffer stared the cast and crew are halfway through filming Stranger Things season 5
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Stranger Things season 5 just received a major production update courtesy of co-creator Ross Duffer on July 3, 2024. Oh, and there's been another update in the will-they-won't-they situation with Joseph Quinn possibly returning for season 5.

Earlier this month, Duffer shared a picture and video on Instagram from the set of Stranger Things season 5. In the caption, Duffer announced that the cast and crew were officially 24 weeks into production on the new season, which is exactly the halfway mark on filming season 5.

As Millie Bobby Brown's father-in-law said a bunch of times, "Whoa, we're half way there."

And, we're going to be living on a prayer until Stranger Things season 5 comes out, which unfortunately looks like it's going to be 2025. More on that shortly!

Stranger Things season 5 finally started filming in January 2024. The cast and crew started working on the final season of the Netflix original series almost two years after the fourth season premiered on Netflix.

When will Stranger Things season 5 be done filming?

We've heard from several members of the Stranger Things season 5 cast about how long the final season will take to film. Obviously, Ross Duffer dropped the biggest hint by sharing that they were officially halfway through production on July 3. Based on our calculations, Stranger Things season 5 should be done filming in mid-December 2024. If everything goes according to plan, the series will go into post-production at the end of the year.

Earlier this year, Linda Hamilton, who is confirmed to star in the final season, revealed production will last until the end of the year. While speaking with Business Insider, Hamilton revealed they'll be shooting season 5 for a full year.

"It's a year of shooting, so I couldn't be happier. Their season takes a year to shoot, which is just an unheard-of luxury of time. But the size of their day is also so beyond any scale that we're used to."

David Harbour and Jamie Campbell Bower have also shared similar statements about how much filming they have to do.

There's no way, as the Business Insider report mentioned, that the season will be ready for an early 2025 release date if production lasts until the end of 2024. Even if they filmed until the fall, there's virtually no way the season would be ready for early 2025 or even spring 2025.

Back in December, Matt and Ross Duffer finally spoke about Stranger Things season 5 for the first time, basically, since the fourth season ended. In an interview with The Guardian ahead of the premiere of the Stranger Things stageplay, Stranger Things: The First Shadow, the Duffers revealed some very interesting details about the season and potential spinoffs coming soon.

Here's what Matt Duffer told The Guardian:

"This season – it’s like season one on steroids,” says Matt. “It’s the biggest it’s ever been in terms of scale, but it has been really fun, because everyone’s back together in Hawkins: the boys and Eleven interacting more in line with how it was in season one. And, yes, there may be spin-offs, but the story of Eleven and Dustin and Lucas and Hopper, their stories are done here. That’s it…"

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Is there Stranger Things season 5 release date yet?

As of July 2024, Netflix has not announced the Stranger Things season 5 release date yet. Based on what has been said about the production timeline, there's basically no chance we'll see season 5 on Netflix before 2025.

Back in February, Deadline reported that Netflix was eyeing a 2025 release date for Stranger Things season 5. There have been a few rumors, which we'll discuss shortly, about the season coming in 2024, but I just don't see how those could be true, given that the Duffers were still working on Stranger Things season 4 right up to the days before its premiere.

Assuming production takes about a year, as Harbour and Ross Duffer mentioned, production will likely wrap sometime in late 2024, as mentioned. Unfortunately, with that timeline, we're going to see season 5 sometime in 2025, and that's assuming everything goes well. If they have to do re-shoots or there are interruptions, it could be much later into 2025 that Stranger Things season 5 is released.

What's interesting, though, is that there are rumors that season 5 is a Christmas season. That has not been confirmed by anyone associated with the series. The rumor also claims that there will be a time jump to the winter of 1987, which is quite a big jump from where we leave these characters. It's possible we could see a Christmas season or even Christmas episodes, but there's no way we'll see that season in the winter of 2024.

We’ve seen three seasons of Stranger Things released in July, basically. Season 2 and the first half of season 4 were the only episodes not released during the month of July. And, that seems to be a really good time to release this summer blockbuster series. We’re predicting season 5 will be released in July 2025. And, you're probably going to see season 5 split into two parts. Hopefully, it won't be split into three parts like Cobra Kai season 6.

Release Prediction: Summer 2025

Netflix officially renewed the series for a fifth season, sharing a letter from the Duffer Brothers on social media. In the letter, the duo shared the exciting news about the Stranger Things season 4 release date but also revealed the show is coming to an end. Check out the photo below.

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David Harbour told Discussing Film that he knows it is time for Stranger Things to end.

"What’s funny is when I started the show, I never ever wanted it to end. That’s why I love the show. I think it’s a great show, even if I wasn’t in it. Now we’re almost nine years from filming the first season, and I think it is time for it to end. But it is, of course, very bittersweet. You know, there’s a sadness there. But also, we’ve all grown up. It is time for us to leave that nest and try other things and different projects. And to let the Duffer Brothers try different things as well. I mean, those guys are so talented. I want to see what they come up with next. So it is bittersweet, but it’s definitely time."

Stranger Things fans might not agree, but that’s what is happening.

Recently, Joe Keery shared his feelings on Stranger Things season 5 being the final season of the series in an interview with Women’s Wear Daily. The interview took place before the SAG strike started in July 2023.

Here’s what he told WWD:

"It does feel like it’s time. It won’t be easy for it to end. I mean, I owe my whole career to being on that show and all the opportunities that I had since are because of that show. So it’s very convoluted. There’s a sense of relief, there’s a sense of sadness. I guess my goal is to just really soak it up as much as I can while we’re doing it, and not take any of it for granted because it’s been an amazing ride with such great people. And then once it’s done, move forward and try to just hold on to the joy that we had when we were making it….Everything has a beginning and the middle and an end. It’ll be nice to have the end of this too."

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What we know about season 5's story

We have to imagine the plot of Stranger Things season 5 will revolve around the giant hole that was created in the center of Hawkins that is definitely linked to the Upside Down. The Duffers have already revealed that will be a big focus of the season.

Variety released an interview with Matt and Ross Duffers ahead of the Stranger Things season 4 volume 2 release, where they gave multiple plot teases about season 5. At this point in time, they do not know whether or not season 5 will be split into two parts like season 4 was, but they are aware of a few major plot points that will be explored.

For one, the Duffers say we will finally learn about the origins of the Upside Down come Stranger Things season 5, with them explaining:

"The only thing we don’t delve into in [season 4] volume 2 is Upside Down lore. We hint at it. I’m sure someone on Reddit will be able to maybe piece it together, but a lot of those answers for the Upside Down or that is really what the basis of season 5 is about."

So we can expect the history of the Upside Down and all of its mysterious lore to be the main plot of season 5. I love it! Additionally, the creators revealed we will get answers in season 5 as to why the Upside Down is frozen in time on the date that Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) went missing. We find this out in Stranger Things season 4 volume 1, but it’s not explained.

In addition, Will is set to be a focal point of season 5. In an interview with Collider, here’s what Matt Duffer had to say:

"Will’s going to be a big part and focus, is really all I can say of Season 5, in his journey. We’re starting to see his coming of age, really. Which has been challenging for a number of reasons, some of which are supernatural. But you’re starting to see him come into his own."

On Twitter, the writers revealed that the new season will be like “if season 1 and season 4 had a baby. And that baby was injected with steroids.” Of course, just that short tweet got fans excited!

Harbour also joined the Happy Sad Confused Podcast and shared when the season begins, according to Variety.

"After where Season 4 ended — when you watch us on that hill looking at the ash and the smoke fires — we’re going to start somewhere after that. So you’ve gotta imagine the world is a different place."

There are so many unanswered questions about season 5, and it all feels like we’ve been building to this moment for so long. We have to assume that Vecna still has a major role to play in Stranger Things season 5, although he was vanquished by Nancy, Eleven, and the gang in the fourth season.

Deadline also reported on the news from Motor City Comic Con, where Harbour answered questions from fans on Sunday, Nov. 12. Harbour was asked if season 6 was happening, but Harbour confirmed season 5 is the last season. He also added that “the storyline where we started in the lab and the Upside Down is a complete story.” He also confirmed that Netflix will likely do spinoffs, but as these characters are concerned, this is the end of the story. That should be incredibly refreshing for fans of the series given what’s been speculated about potential sequels. I think we’re all just ready to see how this story ends, although it’ll be a sad day when we won’t see these great characters again.

And, what about our guy, Steve Harrington? While Steve has had many near-death experiences over the course of four seasons of Stranger Things, no, Steve does not die in Stranger Things. Not yet, anyway!

Somehow, he survives the events of Stranger Things season 4 even while many fans thought the season was setting up to kill off Steve Harrington.

While speaking with The Movie Dweeb, Joe Keery confirmed there are some "good things," on the way for Steve in season 5. He turned down a question about his favorite scene in season 5 because he couldn't reveal anything. Obviously, Keery isn't going to say if Steve is on the chopping block in season 5, but it's good to know something good is headed Steve's way in the new season.

Heading into Stranger Things season 5, there’s no reason to think that Steve is in any more danger than any other character. We obviously don’t imagine that all the important characters will survive the final season, but we’re hopeful Steve will be around, kicking, and looking for love when the Upside Down dust settles in season 5.

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Netflix confirmed the Stranger Things season 5 main cast in a photo from a table read before the official start of production. The photo included a few surprises, mainly of cast members who were missing.

We shared the full main cast of season 5 below:

  • Milly Bobby Brown as Eleven
  • David Harbour as Jim Hopper
  • Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers
  • Noah Schnapp as Will Byers
  • Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler
  • Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair
  • Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson
  • Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler
  • Joe Keery as Steve Harrington
  • Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers
  • Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield
  • Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley
  • Brett Gelman as Murray Bauman
  • Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair
  • Amybeth McNulty as Vicky
  • Jamie Campbell Bower as Vecna
  • Paul Reiser as Dr. Sam Owens
  • Linda Hamilton in an undisclosed role

Amybeth McNulty appeared in Stranger Things season 4 as Vicky. McNulty has been confirmed to return as Vicky, in a larger role, in season 5, which is really exciting for the Robin-Vicky storyline! Robin has a big crush on Vicky throughout season 4.

Unfortunately, Eduardo Franco, who starred as Argyle in season 4, was missing from the cast photo. Franco confirmed that Argyle will not be in season 5.

Throughout each season of the Netflix Original, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting some fantastic new characters, including Max (Sadie Sink), Bob (Sean Astin), Eddie (Joseph Quinn), and more. Of course, we’ve also met a few new villains, like Billy (Dacre Montgomery) and Vecna (Jamie Campbell Bower), too. But what about in Stranger Things season 5? Well, we know of one new cast addition.

To our surprise, Netflix announced on June 17 that iconic actress Linda Hamilton will appear in the fifth season! That’s awesome. Hamilton is best known for playing Sarah Connor in the Terminator movies. I love that Stranger Things keep casting actors who rose to fame in movies from the ’70s and the ’80s. We don’t know who Hamilton will be playing but we’re excited to find out!

Netflix confirmed that Dan Trachtenberg, best known for helming the movies 10 Cloverfield Lane and Prey, will serve as a director for one episode in season 5. In addition to his critically-acclaimed movies mentioned, he’s also directed an episode of Black Mirror and the pilot of The Boys.

Needless to say, Trachtenberg has experience in the business and has directed really great movies and episodes. We’re in good hands with him, we promise!

In June 2023, the Stranger Things writers’ Twitter account had to shoot down a major rumor when word spread that Jodie Foster was supposedly joining the cast of season 5. The report came from the site Giant Freakin Robot, who has since deleted their tweet. The show’s writers caught the rumor and responded to the site directly, writing back, “no she’s not.”

The account didn’t stop there, however, as they also urged the site to stop sharing inaccurate information and actually confirm rumors with their sources before publishing them onto the internet.

Foster is, of course, an incredibly talented and seasoned actor who’s been impressing moviegoers since the late ‘60s. She’d be an awesome addition to the Stranger Things season 5 cast, but that just won’t be the case. However, we will be seeing her on our Netflix screens at some point in the future with her upcoming movie Nyad alongside Annette Bening, so at least there’s that!

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Sadie Sink will return as Max Mayfield, but what's next for the character?

The finale of Stranger Things season 4 shocked us all by killing off Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink) and then soon bringing her back. At the end of the episode, she’s in the hospital in a coma. They don’t know when or if she will come back. The Duffers did confirm to Deadline that at the end of season 4 she is alive, but “brain dead, blind, and all of her bones are broken.” So unless something big happens between seasons, we’re assuming Max might still be in a coma when season 5 starts.

As for what Sadie Sink thinks, she doesn’t know what will happen for Max in season 5, but she told Vulture: “I think she’s at a place where she now really wants to fight.” At this time, we don’t know if Max will make it in the end, but we predict she will.

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There are some rumors Joseph Quinn will return as Eddie Munson, but Quinn will star as Johnny Storm in Marvel's The Fantastic Four

A real death we have to deal with in Stranger Things season 4 is when Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) sacrifices himself to save the rest of the group while distracting the Demobats. The character is introduced in season 4 and instantly became a fan-favorite with viewers. People are now obsessed with Joseph Quinn (even Doja Cat!) and want him to return somehow in the final season.

At this time, it has not been confirmed by the Duffers whether or not Eddie could return in some capacity, but Quinn would love to come back if he was asked. While speaking to E! News, he said of the possibility:

"Me and Joe Keery (Steve Harrington) were discussing ways in which I could kind of [return] …maybe I’d be like a figment of Gaten’s imagination or something, like if there could be some kind of room for something like that, something a bit supernatural."

There’s a popular theory going around that Eddie could come back as a vampire, with Dungeons & Dragons lore to back it up. Honestly, I’d think that’d be pretty cool. But could the Duffers fit that storyline in with everything else going on? We’ll have to wait and see.

Unfortunately, at Comic-Con in Abu Dhabi, Quinn also spoke about his involvement in Stranger Things season 5. According to Winter Is Coming, Quinn told the crowd, “I think it’s probably unlikely. That’s my honest answer.”

Quinn was cast as Johnny Storm, also known as the Human Torch, in Marvel's The Fantastic Four. This is a huge, massive role for Quinn. It's not filming yet, though, so there's a chance (and even some rumblings) that Quinn could be filming season 5, but he has not been confirmed. In fact, it looks quite doubtful.

Yikes. That doesn’t sound good for a possible Eddie Munson appearance. There is a chance, obviously, that we could see a cameo appearance via flashback or memory or something like that, but that might happen way down the line. And, we know Quinn wouldn’t ruin that possibility by announcing it at a convention.

In June 2024, Quinn told Entertainment Tonight that "chances are high" that he'll be working with the Stranger Things team again soon. He was also asked to elaborate on fans' feelings about him returning. He told EW: "I have that feeling, too. Or, maybe I don't. I don't know! Who knows?"

We'll just leave that there for now!

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There will be a time jump in season 5

Another thing we know about Stranger Things season 5 already is that it will likely feature a significant time jump. While speaking to TV Line, the Duffers explained that they had hoped they could have filmed seasons 4 and 5 back to back, but that wasn’t the case, explaining that there was “no feasible way to do that.”

One reason for a time jump could be because the child actors of Stranger Things are no longer children and it might be difficult to make them look like they’re still in high school. We’ll be sure to update you once we know for sure what this potential time jump in season 5 will look like.

The only rumors we've heard about the time jump are that it will move the story to winter 1987, but again, this has not been confirmed.

Stranger Things season 4 introduced new locations as we get to see Jim Hopper (David Harbour) living out in Russia as a prisoner, while Joyce (Winona Ryder), Will, Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) are getting used to their new home in Lenora Hills, California.

According to the Duffers, season 5 will see the main characters together again in Hawkins, Indiana, meaning the majority — if not all — of the upcoming season will take place where it all began. Oh, and you know we’re going back to the Upside Down. For sure, for sure.

There’s also been a lot of chatter about using de-aging effects to age down the cast of Stranger Things. Levy confirmed that would not happen.

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How many episodes are in season 5?

Stranger Things season 5 will be eight episodes. The Stranger Things Writers account posted a picture of the storyboard they were using to outline season 5. It only consists of eight episodes, although we can’t see the full board. At this point, it looks like there’s going to be eight episodes.

A huge part of Stranger Things season 4 that people couldn’t stop talking about was the episode lengths. We basically got movies for each episode, and the finale runs at a whopping two hours and 19 minutes long. Hey, I’m not complaining! The more Stranger Things the better. But what about for season 5? The Duffers have already started discussing the episode lengths.

According to the show’s creators, the episodes in season 5 are not expected to be as long as the ones in season 4. However, the Stranger Things season 5 finale will clock in at over two hours. “We’re more likely to do what we did [with the season 4 finale], which is to just have a 2.5-hour episode,” Matt Duffer said about the series finale on the Happy Sad Confused.

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Stranger Things season 5 episode 1 title and first scene revealed

During Stranger Things Day on Nov. 6, 2022, Netflix officially shared the episode title for the season 5 premiere. Though fans were hoping for more news on the special day, we’ll take it! Stranger Things season 5 episode 1 will be titled “The Crawl.” Of course, people have been speculating what it means, with many hoping it could be a hint at Eddie’s return. We’ll have to wait and see.

We still don’t know the names of the other seven episodes of Stranger Things season 5, but we do know the first scene of Stranger Things season 5.

On Stranger Things Day 2023, the Stranger Things writers released the first scene of the new season.

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Stranger Things spinoffs are on the way

Even though Stranger Things is ending with season 5, that most likely won’t be the end of this universe. In the season 4 release date and season 5 renewal letter from the Duffer Brothers which you can see above, the creators also tease that, “There are still many more exciting stories to tell within the world of Stranger Things; new mysteries, new adventures, new unexpected heroes.” Of course, this signals that spinoffs are coming. And we even got some details about one earlier this year.

In May 2022, the Duffers teased one spinoff idea they have, noting that only Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard knows what it’s about. They told Variety:

"We do have an idea for a spinoff that we’re super excited about … but we haven’t told anyone the idea yet, much less written it. We think everyone, including Netflix, will be surprised when they hear the concept, because it’s very, very different. But somehow Finn Wolfhard, who is one crazy smart kid, correctly guessed what it was going to be about. But aside from Finn, no one else knows!"

There are so many different avenues the Duffers could take with a Stranger Things spinoff, and fans already have their theories. Famed horror writer Stephen King says they should do a spinoff all about Yuri (Nikola Đuričko), the Russian smuggler who we’re introduced to in season 4 volume 1. We’ll have to wait and see what the showrunners choose to explore next.

While being interviewed on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the Duffers revealed the spinoff will not focus on Eleven or any of the central characters. The Duffers also confirmed that bit of information in the interview with The Guardian.

We know at least one of the spinoff ideas is happening! In April, Netflix confirmed an animated Stranger Things spinoff is in the works. Oh, and there's also the Stranger Things play, which premiered in London on Dec. 14.

Season 5 behind-the-scenes photos

There's no trailer or official photos for Stranger Things season 5 yet, but thanks to Ross Duffer and the Stranger Things official Twitter account, we're getting more updates from set than ever before. You can see the most recent photo from set is of Nancy Wheeler, played by Natalia Dyer.

There's also a new photo from set of Millie Bobby Brown with Matt and Ross Duffer. Rumor has it that this photo is from a radio tower around Hawkins, but that has not been confirmed.

We also have a behind-the-scenes look at Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler. Not going to lie, Finn looks bored, bored, bored, and misses his friends, to quote one of my favorite children's books, Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson.

And we can't forget about the real faves, Joe Keery and Maya Hawke, also known as Steve and Robin!

You know Stranger Things is one of the best Netflix shows right now! When it’s all over, there’s no doubt this will be the biggest and likely best Netflix show to date.