Stranger Things Creators Promise This Big Change for Final Season

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The final season of Stranger Things is in the works, and the last season will aim to avoid one considerable criticism that has plagued prior seasons.

The series has been known to introduce a wealth of new characters each season, and in many cases, it takes away from the characters we started the journey with.

Thankfully, Ross and Matt Duffer are being vocal about the focus being on the original characters.

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In a new interview with Indiewire, they confirmed as much.

"We're doing our best to resist [adding new characters] for Season 5," Matt said.

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"We're trying not to do that so we can focus on the OG characters, I guess."

Ross shared that bringing new characters into the story has to "give it the engine that is needed."

"Whenever we introduce a new character, we want to make sure that they're going to be an integral part of the narrative," he said.

"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," Ross added.

Reasoning With Vecna - Stranger Things Season 4 Episode 9

The series has introduced many supporting players throughout its run, and if we look at Season 2-4, they introduced beloved characters and went on to kill them off.

Many have theorized that the reason behind this is to avoid killing off the longer-serving characters, and honestly, it makes sense.

But, heading into the final season, no character should be off the table.

Netflix renewed Stranger Things for a fifth -- and final -- season earlier this year.

Peaceful Max - Stranger Things Season 4 Episode 9

“Seven years ago, we planned out the complete story arc for Stranger Things,” the Duffer Brothers said in a statement at the time.

“At the time, we predicted the story would last four to five seasons. It proved too large to tell in four, but — as you’ll soon see for yourselves — we are not hurling toward our finale. Season 4 will be the penultimate season; Season 5 will be the last.”

The series is not expected to return until 2024.

What are your thoughts on the show scaling back on new characters?

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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.