The final season of the Duffer brothers’ sci-fi behemoth is set to bring the tale of Eleven, Hawkins, and the Upside Down to an epic conclusion.
Who is returning for Stranger Things Season 5?
Series regulars Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Noah Schnapp (Will), Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan), Joe Keery (Steve), Maya Hawke (Robin), Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), David Harbour (Jim Hopper), and Priah Ferguson (Erica) all survived the Season 4 finale and are expected to return. It’s also possible that we’ll be seeing more of Eduardo Franco’s irreverent stoner Argyle and Brett Gelman’s always-anxious conspiracy theorist Murray.
There will, however, be some notable absences. Joseph Quinn’s Hellfire Club captain Eddie, a new fan favorite, sadly perished after being attacked by a swarm of Demobats in Episode 9. Mason Dye’s vengeful jock Jason Carver was also killed—his body ripped apart by an interdimensional gate in the Creel House—as was Matthew Modine’s Dr. Martin Brenner, who was shot by a U.S. army sniper.
Less certain are the fates of Paul Reiser’s Dr. Sam Owens, who was last seen inside the Nina Project as it was attacked by the military; Jamie Campbell Bower’s Vecna, who though temporarily defeated is believed to still be alive; and, of course, Sadie Sink’s Max. In the season finale, Vecna’s attack on the latter caused her heart to stop for over a minute and, even though Eleven was able to revive her, she was shown in a later scene to be in a coma. When Eleven then reached into her mind, she was unable to find her consciousness. While it’s still unclear if Max will ever wake up, it’s almost certain that Sink will make an appearance of some kind in Season 5.
What can we expect from Stranger Things Season 5?
The fourth season ended with the battle between Vecna and the residents of Hawkins coming out into the open for the first time: his attack on Max allowed the gates to open and rip through the neighborhood, causing an earthquake that claimed many lives. As the Upside Down began to invade Hawkins, the camera cut to black. So, as it stands, the mission for Season 5 appears to be to kill Vecna once and for all, and save what remains of their hometown.
While further details are, understandably, being kept carefully under wraps, the Duffer brothers did speak about the project at a Netflix event on November 13. They described the final season as “kind of a culmination of all the seasons, so it’s got a little bit from each, whereas before, each season was so distinct—three is our big summer blockbuster season with our big monster; four was the psychological horror. I think that what we’re trying to do [this time] is go back to the beginning a little bit, in sort of the tone of one. But also scale-wise, it’s more aligned with what four is. So, hopefully, it’s got a little bit of everything.”