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    "Stranger Things": Here's What We Know About The Final Season

    You probably have a million questions about Season 5. Here's what we know so far...

    From its inception in 2016, Stranger Things has consistently broken records.

    The cast of season 1 holding MTV awards

    1. It's likely to hit our screens in 2024

    The cast of Stranger Things season 4 smiling at an event, standing in front of backdrop reading "Stranger Things" with a large red number 4 behind it

    2. The episode lengths won't be as mega as Season 4's

    The Duffer brothers wearing suits at the Stranger Things season 3 premiere

    3. There will likely be a time jump

    Photo shows the cast back in 2016 when season 1 filmed, all looking very young! The photo includes Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Noah Schnapp (Will), Winona Ryder (Joyce), Matthew Modine (Brenner), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), and Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin)

    4. There's no Russia and California in Season 5

    explain the upside down in 10 words or less: https://t.co/6GDuP2qPcA

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    As we say goodbye to the gang and the locations we've grown to know and love, we'll also be bidding adieu to some of the lesser-explored locations Season 4 brought to the fore, namely Russia and California.

    On the Happy Sad Confused podcast, creators Ross and Matt Duffer confirmed that the final season would be right back where it started in Hawkins, Indiana, so we can truly say goodbye to the characters and locations that have become a second home for many fans. Of course, there will also be a lot of time in the Upside Down, too!

    Joe Keery, who plays Steve, told Esquire: "Hawkins is the origin of everything and also where everything will end."

    5. Vecna's not gone

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    When the Byers boys and Eleven return to Hawkins, Will senses Vecna's presence, and chillingly states that he's "hurting but still alive." He goes on to say that Vecna will not stop until he's taken everything and everyone — so the gang must kill him if they want the terror to end.

    As if Will's Spidey senses tingling and his ominous speech wasn't enough to confirm that Vecna will be returning, Vecna actor Jamie Campbell Bower teased that he knows all about Season 5. "Take from that what you will," he said!

    6. Season 5 will have the same vibes as Season 1

    Image shows a van flying through the air over four kids on bicycles

    7. There WILL be tears

    8. Will Byers will be the main focus

    9. Eddie's death will have huge repercussions

    i’d like to see a demo bat try to take my eyes off this masterpiece

    @stranger_things / Via Twitter: @Stranger_Things

    And no, that's not me idly threatening the Duffer brothers!

    The latest in the batch of lovable characters introduced and killed in front of us in the space of one season, Eddie Munson quickly secured his status as a fan favorite, with many eagerly sharing ways he could make a reappearance in Season 5. It wouldn't be out of the realms of possibility — I mean, Hopper did it in Season 4 after his implied death in Season 3!

    But unfortunately, the Duffer brothers have confirmed Eddie is most definitely dead. They told the Happy Sad Confused podcast that his death will have "huge repercussions" among the survivors in Season 5, so it will be interesting to see how Eddie's spirit permeates the final stretch of the show.

    10. The series will be action-packed from the get-go

    11. Max is brain dead, as fans speculated following Season 4

    12. Even Sadie Sink has no idea about Max's fate

    Sadie Sink says she doesn't know if Max lives or dies in season 5 of Stranger Things. #max #sadiesink #strangerthings #StrangerThings4

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    While Vecna actor Jamie Campbell Bower seems to have an idea about where his character is headed, Sadie Sink is as much in the dark about Max's fate as we are.

    She told Deadline: "They've been very secretive about Season 5 in general. I have no idea what's coming and what that looks like. Max's storyline is very up in the air, 'cause obviously, she's in a coma, and Eleven can't find her in the void. So who knows where she is and what state she's in."

    She also said that the Duffer brothers called her before she read the script for the ninth episode to tell her Max dies, so she wasn't caught off-guard when reading it through!

    13. Season 5 will be the last season

    @stranger_things / Via Twitter: @Stranger_Things

    There has been some confusion around the final season of the show, with many believing Season 4 to be the last. Ultimately, the Duffer brothers decided to extend to a fifth season to do the storyline justice and not go down in history as an epic show with an epically bad ending, à la Game of Thrones.

    In an open letter to fans, the Duffers said: "Seven years ago, we planned out the complete story arc for Stranger Things. At the time, we predicted the story would last four to five seasons. It proved too large to tell in four, but — as you’ll soon see for yourselves — we are now hurtling toward our finale. Season 4 will be the penultimate season; season 5 will be the last."

    14. Season 5 will all release at once

    15. Will's sexuality will be more overtly explored

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    The latter part of Season 4 (and a few hints in the earlier episodes) left viewers speculating that Will is gay, but his sexuality was never overtly discussed during the show. While some complained that the show was too vague and metaphoric, Noah Schnapp, who plays Will, was quick to point out that his character is a freshman in high school back in the 1980s and may not have been ready to come out.

    As for the show's writers, Matt and Ross Duffer told Variety that the full arc of the story hasn’t come to pass yet, and that applies to Will’s arc, too.

    They said: "It’s going to be much easier to talk about for everyone — the actors and us — once those final two episodes [of Season 4] have played. But certainly, his journey and arc is far from finished."

    UPDATE: Noah Schnapp has confirmed his character, Will Byers, is gay and in love with Mike. After speaking to the Duffer brothers about what's next for Will, Schnapp said: "Obviously, we hope for a coming out scene, and I also want to see them address this connection to the Mind Flayer and how that fits into the world.”

    16. The season is set to be "pure chaos"

    17. Millie Bobby Brown wants more main characters to meet their maker in the final season

    18. The ending is already confirmed

    19. There might be a spin-off show in the pipeline

    20. The Duffer brother have formed Upside Down Pictures, a new production company

    The Duffer brothers talking on stage at a conference

    21. The final season will explain why the Upside Down is stuck in the past

    Eddie looking shocked, with the subtitle "you, Nancy Wheeler, have guns, plural, in your bedroom?"

    22. There will be a "full blown Upside Down invasion"

    A monster silhouetted against a red sky in the Upside Down

    23. Eddie Munson is definitely dead

    STRANGER THINGS SPOILERS AHEAD! Here the Duffers discuss who lived and died and who the internet was sure would die in ST4. Watch the full hour long spoiler chat at https://t.co/e84WokCDhq

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    There has been fan chatter and plenty of theories about how Eddie's body not being shown to be brought back to Hawkins could mean he simply skipped town since everyone had it out for him, but the Duffers have shot down fan hopes and confirmed that our boy Ed is in fact, dead. Definitively. Sigh.

    (Although, there is a Kas the vampire theory being thrown around that would allow for him technically being dead, since Kas is resurrected. And the Duffers also "confirmed" Hopper was dead and look how that turned out! But yeah, it looks very unlikely we'll see Eddie again unfortunately, unless in the form of flashbacks or something similar).

    24. David Harbour knows the ending

    Millie Bobby Brown hugs David Harbour at a red carpet event. They are both smiling

    That's what we know so far. Ignore Will's advice and bookmark this article, as it will be updated as more news breaks!