The creators of the Netflix hit show Stranger Things have announced that the fifth and final season of the show will depart from a frequent narrative tradition found in the prior four seasons. At the start of each season, a segment introduces new characters to the fold.
These have included Noah Schnapp’s Will Byers, Maya Hawke’s Robin Buckley and Joe Keery’s Steve Harrington. The recent fourth season introduced Eddie Munson, played by Joseph Quinn.
However, it has now been revealed by Ross and Matt Duffers, the show’s writers, that the forthcoming final season will not be focusing on the introduction of new characters.
Ross Duffer recently stated, “Whenever we introduce a new character, we want to make sure that they’re going to be an integral part of the narrative. But every time we do that, we’re nervous because you go, ‘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.’ So we’re just very, very careful about who we’re introducing.”
His brother Matt added, “I just like shaking it up, so we shake it up by changing the plot or adding in a new monster. We’re doing our best to resist [it] for Season 5. We’re trying not to do that so we can focus on the OG characters, I guess.”
The final season of the hit show is potentially marked to hit the screens in late 2023 or early 2024, seeing as the programme has a history of laboured production. It has also been reported that a time jump will occur in the series, bringing the youths of the show to the age of the actors that play them.
Ross Duffer recently added that he would have liked to film the fourth and fifth seasons of the show back-to-back, but it was not possible.