Stranger Things Season 5 Episodes Will Be Shorter Than Season 4

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Stranger Things returned in a blaze of glory at the end of May.

The Netflix juggernaut had everything fans wanted and more, but the episodes were much longer than the previous seasons.

Creators and showrunners Ross and Matt Duffer have revealed that Stranger Things Season 5 -- the final season -- will return to shorter runtimes for the most part.

Facing Vecna 16:9 - Stranger Things

“The only reason we don’t expect to be as long is, this season, if you look at it, it’s almost a two-hour ramp up before our kids really get drawn into a supernatural mystery," the duo teased on the Happy Sad Confused Podcast. 

"You get to know them, you get to see them in their lives, they’re struggling with adapting to high school and so forth, Steve’s trying to find a date, all of that."

Nancy Runs - Stranger Things Season 4 Episode 8

"None of that is obviously going to be occurring [in season 5],” Matt said.

“However, look for the series finale to be as long as a feature film.

“We’re more likely to do what we did here, which is to just have a 2.5 hour episode.”

The series will pick up where Stranger Things Season 4 left off.

Reasoning With Vecna - Stranger Things Season 4 Episode 9

“Characters are already going to be in action, they’re already going to have a goal and a drive, and I think that’s going to carve out at least a couple hours and make this season feel really different,” Matt continued.

“I’m sure the wrap-up will be a lot longer, it’s going to be ‘Return of the King’-ish with, like, eight endings.”

Netflix confirmed earlier this year that the series would end with its fifth season, and given the way Stranger Things Season 4 wrapped, it makes sense.

The lines between the Upside Down and Hawkins are no longer blurred, and Vecna is well and truly ready for the next phase of his master plan.

Peaceful Max - Stranger Things Season 4 Episode 9

Naturally, the characters must prepare for a battle of epic proportions.

What are your thoughts on shorter episodes?

Would you prefer them?

Hit the comments.

Stream the first four seasons on Netflix.

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Stranger Things Quotes

Dear Billy, I don't know if you can even hear this. Two years ago, I would have said, 'That's ridiculous, impossible.' "But that was before I found out about alternate dimensions and monsters, so... I'm just going to stop assuming that I know anything. So much has happened since you left. Your dad was a total mess. He and my mom started getting into fights. Bad fights. I don't think he could stand being here without you. So he left. And he didn't leave Mom much. She's taken an extra job, and we moved to that lovely trailer park off Kerley. Basically, ever since you left, everything's been... A total disaster. And the worst part is, I can't tell anyone why you're gone. I can't tell them that you saved El's life. That you saved my life. I play that moment back in my head all the time. And sometimes I imagine myself running to you, pulling you away. I imagine that if I had, that you would still be here. And everything would be... ( sobs ) ...everything would be right again. I imagine that we... That we could've become friends. Good friends, like... like a real brother and sister. And I know that's stupid. You hated me.I hated you. But I thought that maybe... Maybe we could try again. But that's not what happened. I just... I stood there and I watched. For a while, I tried to be happy. Normal. But I... I think that maybe a part of me died that day too. And I haven't told anyone this. I... I just can't. But I had to tell you. Before it's too late. If you can even hear this. I really hope that you can. I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry, Billy. Love, your shitty little sister, Max.


Hatch said that music can reach parts of the brain that words can't. So maybe that's the key, a lifeline. A lifeline back to reality. It's worth a shot.