The creators of Stranger Things are dropping more hints about what to expect from the upcoming fifth and final season.
During an FYC panel Sunday night, creators Matt and Ross Duffer, director Shawn Levy, and stars Millie Bobby Brown (who were present virtually), Caleb McLaughlin, Priah Ferguson, Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Quinn, and Eduardo Franco spoke about their fourth season processes.
At the end of the conversation, host Patton Oswalt sought information from the executive producers about the tone of season five and asked if there were any new horror legends or pop culture moments they wanted to reference.
“Five, the way we look at it, is sort of the culmination of all seasons, so it has a little bit of each,” said Ross Duffer at Tudum Theatre. “Whereas before each season was so distinct… [Season] 3 is our big summer blockbuster season with big monsters and [Season] 4 was the psychological horror. I think what we’re trying to do is go back to the beginning a little bit, in a kind of 1-tone.”
He added that the final group of episodes “in terms of scale” is “more aligned with what [Season] 4 is.” Ross told the audience, “Hopefully there’s a bit of everything.”
While no spoilers were revealed during the 45-minute discussion, the team shared that the premiere episode (titled “The Crawl”) has wrapped and that the two-hour pitch meeting with the Netflix team has taken place, at which they worked out the overall plan for the end, the execs had tears in their eyes.
“As important as the supernatural, we have so many characters now, most of whom are still alive,” Ross said. “It’s important to complete these arcs because a lot of these characters have grown since Season 1. So it’s a balancing act between giving them time to complete their character arcs and also tying up those loose ends and making our final reveals. ”
Levy remarked that although he was “paralyzed with fear” of spoiling anything, he never ceased to be impressed by the Duffers’ work.
“Even though the show has become so famous and the characters are so iconic and it’s so much about the ’80s and the supernatural and the genre, it’s about those people,” he said. “It’s about these characters. Season 5 is already addressing those character stories so clearly because that’s always been the lifeblood of Stranger Things.”
The team previously discussed not adding any new characters in the final season in order to fully focus on the large ensemble they already have.
“Whenever we introduce a new character, we want to make sure that they become an integral part of the narrative,” Matt said in August. “So that’s something with Eddie this season that we’re going to be like, ‘Well, we need a character here to really make this story work, and to give it the engine that it needs.’ But every time we do that, we’re nervous because you’re like, ‘We’ve got a great cast of characters and actors here, and every moment that we spend on a new character, we take our time with one of the other actors. ‘ So we’re very, very careful about who we introduce.”
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