Stranger Things Season 4 Vol. 2 dropped over the weekend, and it was nothing short of EPIIIIIIIIIIIC.
So here is everything we know about Season 5 so far (and a picture of me absolutely refusing to say goodbye to this series).
****MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD****
Season 5 is the END.
The first thing we know about Season 5 is that THIS. IS. IT. I know it's hard to accept, but the fifth season will serve as the series finale, and from what the Duffer brothers say, it is almost a continuation of Season 4.
Season 5 is "gonna start pedal to the metal."
There is likely going to be a time jump.
Even though this seemingly goes against what I literally just said (lol), the Duffer brothers were quoted saying, “I’m sure we will do a time jump.”
Season 5 is going to take place in Hawkins.
On a recent of the podcast Happy Sad Confused, the Duffer brothers said that they anticipate the whole season taking place in Hawkins, much like the first season. Taking it back to where it all began, baby!
We'll be returning to Season 1 character groupings.
In Season 4, our Hawkins pals spent most of the episodes split up, which, while it was great for storytelling purposes, WE WANNA SEE ALL OF OUR BABIES BACK TOGETHER!
Vecna is THE big bad.
Will is going to be a "primary focus" of Season 5.
Will started this whole thing off in the very first episode of Stranger Things, "The Vanishing of Will Byers." And it's only fitting that we let this boy have his moment after all he's been through (and IMO, kinda being kept on the sidelines for Season 4).
We're going to learn why the Upside Down is a replica of Hawkins on the day Will went missing.
I don't know about you, but ever since Nancy looked at the Upside Down version of her diary and saw that the last entry was November 6, 1983, this question has been taking over my thoughts in such a way that I can barely do anything else! So I am SO HAPPY that we are going to find out why.
Eddie is going to play a big part in Season 5.
We're going to learn how the experiments at the Hawkins National Laboratory started.
This has been a huge lingering question, hasn't it? How and why did these experiments on children start? Where did they find these little telekinetic babies?
The episode runtimes will be shorter — except for the finale.
Some fans had trouble with the length of the episodes this season (*personally* I wish every episode was five and a half hours long, but that's just me). The show's creators have noted that Season 5 will likely not "be quite as long, both in length and narratively as Season 4 was."