Will ‘Stranger Things’ End After Season 4?

For fans of Netflix’s Stranger Things, there isn’t any better way to usher in October than hear the show will have a fourth season at some indefinite date. It might also feel a bit emotional realizing it could be the final season, or at least a penultimate one.

As we’ve all heard, the Duffer Brothers have said Stranger Things would likely only run four or five seasons before coming to a close. Much of that is still speculation, though. Don’t be surprised if things turn on a dime considering the amounts of money the show continues to generate for Netflix alone.

Actors Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard of "Stranger Things"
(L-R) Actors Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things. | Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

With the teaser trailer, maybe we can make an educated guess on what the end might look like. If it goes any longer, the show could end up being without some of their star players.

What does the new ‘Stranger Things’ teaser tell us?

All the teaser trailer showed everyone was the title of Stranger Things in neon lights and a big “4” superimposed over the sign. We also see a shot of a very dark place with growing vines, which most fans say is obviously the realm of the Upside-Down. This underworld appears to be coming out to seek the kids in Hawkins rather than the other way around, which could wreak havoc on what we’ve seen so far.

It was also a bit chilling to hear a clock bell ring four times as the words “We’re Not in Hawkins Anymore” appear on screen to hint the show is going elsewhere. For many, the clock was also a metaphor for a possible doomsday clock related to the Russians from season 3. Or, it’s a countdown to rescue Chief Hopper from either the Upside-Down or the Russians.

Yes, there’s a lot hanging in the air for season 4. What’s most telling, though, is the upcoming season might be setting up the chance to extend the Stranger Things franchise.

News has come out the Duffer Brothers have signed a multi-year, nine-figure deal with Netflix to develop other projects. Then again, why take a chance when Stranger Things is already a proven moneymaker?

Would the entire cast stay beyond five years?

We’ve seen many examples over the years of hit TV shows with a cast becoming stars in their own right. Some of those notables end up becoming major movie stars while a series is still going, yet elect to stay with a show anyway — at least for a while.

Millie Bobby Brown is already a good example, outside of her vowing to stick with Stranger Things to the end. Whether you can consider her a major movie star yet is debatable considering Godzilla: King of the Monsters was a bit of a box office disappointment. Even though Brown was very good in her role as Madison Russell, this and the upcoming sequel (Godzilla vs. Kong) are the only movies she has on the slate any time soon.

The other cast members are also starting to branch out into movies, making it likely they’d grow restless if stuck in the show for another few years. They’re all still on board for where the Duffers intend to end the show. Some will remember the Duffers said a couple of years ago they intended to go no longer than five years, if not really being sure how they’ll wrap things up.

Would the Duffers stick with ‘Stranger Things’ as a franchise?

You can almost count on the Duffer Brothers using their new Netflix deal to continue with Stranger Things in some form. There is evidence they’ll be doing other things at Netflix as well, but there just isn’t any logic to them walking away from ST completely.

A lot of potentials already exists for spinoffs, including a few actors deciding to stick around for much longer since they know nothing else would probably

There’s even the possibility Millie Bobby Brown would stay put and continue to play Eleven in her own series if it came to that. When finding themselves in a massively successful franchise, some actors clearly realize they shouldn’t bother with risks when walking away could jeopardize their careers.