Stranger Things Season 5: Plot, Cast, and Release Date Revealed

Don’t get too comfortable atop Netflix’s most popular TV shows list, Jenna Ortega: Stranger Things is returning soon. Well, maybe “soon” is overstating it. How about this? Stranger Things is returning for its fifth and final season… eventually. It’s been nearly two years since season 4 of the hot Netflix series from the Duffer Brothers concluded, and fans have been pleading for information about the ending ever since.

Stranger Things was officially renewed for a fifth and final season in February 2022. Since then, scant few details about the plot have been revealed. We know the premiere begins with the sound of “COLD WILD” and that the season consists of eight episodes, but there’s no official synopsis yet. Back in 2022, however, the Duffer Brothers did share that season 5 is “pulling” a lot of ideas that weren’t used in a previous season. That includes answering a lot of questions about the mysterious Upside Down — many of which involve the return of Vecna. But the “epic” final season won’t be all lore, according to Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler).

Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) is busy being a “wifey” to Bon Jovi’s son in Universal Studios, but she’ll be back for season 5, as confirmed by a cast photo. Also returning: David Harbour (Jim Hopper), Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), Maya Hawke (Robin Buckley), Brett Gelman (Murray Bauman), Priah Ferguson (Erica Sinclair), Jamie Campbell Bower (Vecna), Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler), and Amybeth McNulty (Vickie).

Newcomers include The Terminator legend Linda Hamilton, who considered retiring from acting before landing a role on the show. Even if season 5 stinks, it’ll have been worth it to keep Hamilton around.

Release Date
Alas, Netflix hasn’t revealed the release date for season 5. But it will be in 2025.