It was reported last month that Stranger Things was likely to end with Season 4, but the showrunners now say that a fifth season is still possible.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Russ Duffer stated that he and his brother Matt don’t want the show to go on too long, but he wasn’t firmly committed to Season 4 being the last one.
“It’s not wrapped up this season,” Ross Duffer said. “I think [Season 2] will be a satisfying end but there’s still danger out there. There’s too much to deal with in one more season. If we’re able to, there will be at least four, there could be more. I think there’s going to come a point where why aren’t these people leaving Hawkins? Like we’re going to stretch credibility. It wasn’t intended to be a seven-season thing.”
Matt Duffer agreed, saying that Stranger Things simply isn’t built to sustain a lengthy narrative. Executive producer Shawn Levy added that Season 5 is possible, but he found it extremely unlikely that the show would keep going after that.
“Hearts were heard breaking in Netflix headquarters when the Brothers made four seasons sound like an official end, and I was suddenly getting phone calls from our actors’ agents,” Levy said. “The truth is we’re definitely going four seasons and there’s very much the possibility of a fifth. Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely.”
The comments that originally earned a lot of attention came in Vulture last month, with Ross Duffer telling the publication, “We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out.” Matt Duffer added, “We just have to keep adjusting the story. Though I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year.”
One other reason Stranger Things can only last so long is that it relies so heavily on a young cast. Assuming one season is produced every 15 months, by the time a potential Season 6 was released, Millie Bobby Brown would be 18 years old. The showrunners could simply have the characters age as the actors do, but the series would definitely be losing something without the youthful innocence that characterized Season 1.
Stranger Things has become a complete phenomenon, and so it seems safe to say that if the Duffer Brothers want to do a Season 5, there will be a Season 5. Netflix would probably love for there to be even more after that, but at the same time, Matt Duffer told Entertainment Weekly that the streaming service was supportive of the idea of ending the show in just a few more seasons.
The second season of Stranger Things will debut on Netflix on Oct. 27.