The creators of Stranger Things have explained that the ending of season five was originally intended for season two. While discussing the surprise success of Stranger Things’ first season, Matt and Ross Duffer said that they decided to keep some important plot points in their collective back pocket after becoming aware of just how much was at stake.
Speaking at WG Festival, Ross Duffer said: “The success of season one freaked us out and then we knew we needed to build up this bigger world, that this was going to be ongoing. But it was way too much — [five times] more ideas than we needed, or [10 times].”
He went on to reveal: “For season five, we’re pulling from a lot of those big season two ideas… A lot of our big ending stuff has pulled from stuff that we thought was going to be in season two.”
The show’s architects have recently teased a few details about the ending of season five, explaining that they only cemented their “overall plan” for the long-running series while making season two. Until that point, they were piecing plot points together without a full picture of the series.
Ross continued: “We turned in the first script a couple of weeks ago, and we’re onto the second. It’s full steam ahead. I remember season one we were just amazed that Netflix was letting us do this at all, but season two was when we really, with the writers, we developed an overall plan and a backstory for all of this and make sure that, with the Upside Down, everything about what it was.”
Principle photography for the final season of Stranger Things is set to commence at some point in 2023, meaning it will probably be ready to air in 2024. According to the Duffer brothers, the new season will not feature any new characters.