The first Volume of Season 4 of Stranger Things recently released on Netflix, and with two more episodes left to release in July, Stranger Things director and executive producer Shawn Levy teased a big ending for the fourth season.
“I’ll just tell you that we are hard at work on Volume 2,” Levy said to The Hollywood Reporter, before teasing an emotionally charged final two episodes. “There’s so much being written as far as the runtimes of these episodes, and the hefty runtime of episode nine, in particular. Having seen both those finale episodes, they are as emotional as they are cinematic. Holy shit, they are definitely a treat for the eyes, but they punch you right in the heart. So, that’s what I’ll say about that.”
The final two episodes of Stranger Things‘ fourth season are set to premiere on the streaming platform on July 1, 2022, and each will feature some hefty runtimes, with the final episode clocking in at more than two and a half hours long. After that, Stranger Things will return for a fifth and final season, one that Levy says will try its best to stick the landing.
“Season five, I’ll just say this, we talk a lot — the Duffers and I — about sticking the landing,” said Levy. “We tried to stick the landing with the final five minutes of every episode, and we definitely tried to stick the landing with the end of every season. So, ending next season is all about finishing strong. We have phenomenal ideas for season five, and we don’t want to stick around past the point where we see our path with clarity and confidence. So, season five will no doubt be epic. It will be bittersweet for us to shoot and very bittersweet for audiences to watch. But hopefully, it’s also deeply satisfying because, as we all know, as fans of many other shows, there’s few feelings as crummy as an unsatisfying ending — and there’s no chance in hell that we are going to give our passionate, loyal fans anything less than a deeply satisfying close in the final chapter.”
Recently, Stranger Things Season 4 set a record for Netflix, having been viewed for more than 287 million hours during the week of May 23-30. That’s not only good enough for the top spot of the week for Netflix, but it’s also more than enough to break the record for the streaming platform’s biggest-ever premiere weekend for an English-language series, which was previously held by Season 2 of Bridgerton (193m hours).