The Final Season Of STRANGER THINGS Officially Begins Production With First BTS Photos

The Final Season Of STRANGER THINGS Officially Begins Production With First BTS Photos The Final Season Of STRANGER THINGS Officially Begins Production With First BTS Photos

Following a significant delay thanks to the Hollywood strikes, cameras are finally rolling on the fifth and final season of Stranger Things, and Netflix has shared some official behind-the-scenes photos...

By MarkCassidy - Jan 09, 2024 12:01 PM EST
Filed Under: Stranger Things
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After a series of set-backs, the fifth and final season of Netflix's incredibly popular '80s throwback sci-fi horror series, Stranger Things, has officially entered production.

Cameras were all set to roll last year when the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes forced a significant delay, but the streamer has now announced that filming is underway.

We also have our first official look at season 5 via a production still featuring the entire returning cast.

The image features Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), and David Harbour (Jim Hopper).

A second photo with Joe Keery and Maya Hawke was also posted.

Several new cast members joined for this final run, including Terminator star Linda Hamilton, but they don't appear to be in the shot.

Season 5 of Stranger Things is expected to consist of eight episodes, with the first confirmed to be titled "The Crawl". No premiere date has been announced, but the show was set to return to our screens early next year prior to the delay. It may still arrive before the end of next year, but there's a slim chance it won't be ready until 2026.

During a recent interview, executive producer/director Shawn Levy was asked about the delay and whether the show's cast noticeably ageing is a concern.

"We’ve already watched the cast of our show grow up in the public eye, and between 12 and 22, every human being changes profoundly," he responded. "This passage of time is definitely not helping. That being said, our hair and makeup and wardrobe department are pretty exceptional, using costumes and wigs and makeup. The ’80s are also our friends in returning these young adult actors to their iconic Hawkins characters. So we’re going to use all of the tools available to us. And I know our cast is as eager to get back to work as the rest of us."

Since the events of the show play out over a much shorter time period than the seven years (can you believe it?) it's been on the air, the actors have been playing younger than they actually are for a while at this stage. However, it did become more noticeable for certain characters during the most recent season.

In the season 4 finale, Eleven and her friends managed to defeat the evil entity known as Vecna, but at great cost. Eddie was killed (there's been some speculation that he might return, but we're not buying it), and Max was left blind, broken and in a coma.

Vecna - who was ultimately revealed to be the deranged Henry Creel - was vanquished, but It was only a temporary victory, as the concluding moments of the episode confirmed that dark forces in the Upside-down are amassing for what will almost certainly be a massive final battle.

Are you up to date with Stranger Things? If so, what do you hope to see from this final season?

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HegoD - 1/9/2024, 12:34 PM
Kaitlyn Dever is cast as Abby in The Last of Us TV series
TheVisionary25 - 1/9/2024, 12:40 PM
@HegoD - interesting since she was the popular fancast for Ellie

Makes me wonder if they are going for a dark mirror thing even more in this with Bella’s Ellie
MotherGooseUPus - 1/9/2024, 12:42 PM
@HegoD - is that a good thing? i never played the games but LOVED S1. All i know is Abby is supposed to be a badass bitch
kg8817 - 1/9/2024, 12:50 PM
@MotherGooseUPus -I’m no gamer but played both…she’s a pretty girl so maybe the gamer fanbois won’t be as toxic with her as they were with Ellie.

As for for the character? Abby is WAY more than a badass bitch. I hope this girl is ready for what’s gonna happen to her. No spoilers but damn, stay unspoiled.
CoHost - 1/9/2024, 1:40 PM
@HegoD - My pick for Anna in a live action Frozen remake.
Blergh - 1/9/2024, 3:15 PM
@kg8817 - hope they prepare her for the vitriol she'll get. Remember how Laura Bailey got PLASTERED by crazed fans?
slickrickdesigns - 1/9/2024, 12:35 PM
MBB better enjoy this last season as Stranger Things is the best thing she’s been a part of in her whole career. Inola Holmes is probably her second best and I don’t even know what her purpose is in Godzilla movies. After that I couldn’t name another thing she’s been in.
Blergh - 1/9/2024, 3:16 PM
@slickrickdesigns - she allegedly got 10Mil for Enola Holmes 2, think she'll be fine financially.
slickrickdesigns - 1/9/2024, 3:39 PM
@Blergh - not talking financial. Just talkin what she’s done that’s successful.
TheVandalore - 1/9/2024, 6:23 PM
@slickrickdesigns - being financially set grants actors the ability to no longer chase roles but instead sit back and pick and choose what she wants. Seems to me after growing up in the business, and having more money now than she could ever dream of, she can at this point do her own thing free from the stress of other people's ideas for her career.
Rosraf - 1/9/2024, 6:32 PM
@slickrickdesigns - She's 19. How much more of a successful acting career do you think she should have at this point?
EnergyVamp - 1/9/2024, 9:47 PM
@slickrickdesigns - She is more of a influencer than an actress tbh.
Usernametaken - 1/9/2024, 12:37 PM
I hope this last season will be better than the 4th and the series won't end as a bitter disappointment.
HammerLegFoot - 1/9/2024, 12:39 PM
@Usernametaken - Game of Thrones anyone
mountainman - 1/9/2024, 1:00 PM
@Usernametaken - The 4th season was miles better than seasons 2 and 3.
MotherGooseUPus - 1/9/2024, 1:47 PM
@mountainman -
mountainman - 1/9/2024, 1:52 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - My man you just posted my exact season ranking. Great minds…
MotherGooseUPus - 1/9/2024, 2:04 PM
@mountainman -
Blergh - 1/9/2024, 3:16 PM
@Usernametaken - the less of Charlie Heaton, the better.
Thus season 4 was good for me.

This guy just creeps me out
MotherGooseUPus - 1/9/2024, 12:45 PM
Ive loved this show. will miss it when its gone. just hope they end on a solid note unlike some other shows....
kg8817 - 1/9/2024, 12:51 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - Same here man. Just loved everything about it, and going to be sad when it’s gone. But I’m ready for the story to be finished.
MotherGooseUPus - 1/9/2024, 1:47 PM
@kg8817 - agreed. even S2 which was the worst, imo, is still better than 90% of the Disney+ shows and alot of other garbage on Netflix and Prime.
TheVisionary25 - 1/9/2024, 12:49 PM
Sweet , looking forward to seeing how they wrap it up and hopefully it’s done well!!.

This might be an unpopular opinion but I have liked the last 2 seasons of the show moreso then the first 2…

ST Ranking (favorite to least)
1. S3/S4
2. S1
HulkisHoly - 1/9/2024, 12:49 PM
Personally I think every season has been good minus season 2.
Im hopeful this last season will be good. I just hope the CG they use to de-age the teens looks good 😬
Rosraf - 1/9/2024, 6:35 PM
@HulkisHoly - They should really just time jump. Everything they did last season to make them look younger was cringeworthy.
HulkisHoly - 1/10/2024, 1:03 PM
@Rosraf -

Just be hard to time jump considering the cliff hanging end of season 4
Rosraf - 1/10/2024, 7:19 PM
@HulkisHoly - It's been so long, I honestly had to go look up what happened. Yeah, I know that's the upsidedown, but it also looked like lava/a volcano growing from cracks created by earthquake. So they could time jump, with the rest of the world believing the earthquake created deep enough cracks to create a new lava flow but the kids standing guard for years waiting for the other shoe to drop. Not great but it could work.
HulkisHoly - 1/11/2024, 12:30 PM
@Rosraf -

Or it was the upside down and we start the show in the middle of the epidemic and through flashbacks see what happened between S4-5. So we don’t have to start right at the end of S4. We could see how the world has been handling the upside down for a couple of years maybe and the whole world is apocalyptic; I mean, that would be pretty epic.
DocSpock - 1/9/2024, 12:55 PM

Great goofy show.

I look forward to an epic finish.

TheLobster - 1/9/2024, 1:04 PM
All my homies hate Noah Schnapp tbh
EnergyVamp - 1/9/2024, 9:46 PM
@TheLobster - Cause he's gay?
TheLobster - 1/9/2024, 11:25 PM
@EnergyVamp - not sure if you’re trolling but nah. It’s cause he’s a Zionist who posted stickers all over town saying “Zionism is sexy” and made a cringe video doing it too.
marvel72 - 1/9/2024, 1:12 PM
I don't think I have finished the last season.
dracula - 1/9/2024, 1:12 PM
Honestly havent been able to watch the show since i finished season 3

Erica just ruined it for me.

I tried rewatching the show before season 4 came out, but after i watch season 2, I just cant bring myself to watch season 3, despite knowing its better than season 2. Erica was just so annoying
Blergh - 1/9/2024, 3:17 PM
@dracula - Erica is barely in s4
kylo0607 - 1/9/2024, 1:17 PM

Jon Favreau directing The Mandalorian film.

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