While Netflix is desperate for more megahits on the scale of Stranger Things, once they find them, there’s the additional problem that new seasons of these epic series often take forever to arrive.
We may now have some estimate of when season 5 of Stranger Things will be debuting, but the potential release date is miles and miles away, according to one of it stars.
In an interview with GQ, Finn Wolfhard commented on the timing of season 5:
“I can’t believe it’s already Season 5,” Wolfhard said. “I will be 22 by the time it comes out, I think, and I started working on the show at 12. That is insane. I’ll be able to drink with Gaten [Matarazzo], Caleb [McLaughlin] and Noah [Schnapp] and the whole cast at the premiere of Stranger Things 5. [You] couldn’t have said the same thing at the Season 1 premiere, which blows my mind.”
If Wolfhard is saying that he thinks he will be 22 when Stranger Things season 2 comes out, that leads to some math:
- Wolfhard is currently 20, and his birthday is December 23, 2002.
- So, the earliest he will be 22 is December 23, 2024.
- While it’s possible Stranger Things season 5 may drop on Christmas, it’s somewhat unlikely, and more probable that “when Finn Wolfhard is 22” actually works out to some time in early 2025, which would be around 2.5 years after season 4 first premiered/ended.
This is not all that unusual for Stranger Things. Wolfhard talks about a decade worth of filming, meaning the show will have done 5 season in 10 years, so that’s an average of one season every two years. The gap between season 3 and 4 especially was insanely long, nearly three full years, delayed in part because of the pandemic, but also, it seems because of the size of the season itself and how the show became essentially a full on, 9 hour blockbuster movie with the level of special effects it employs.
So, 2.5 years to wait until season 5 of Stranger Things does not seem implausible, as exhausting as it may be for fans who would rather see it much sooner. As for Netflix itself, however, if its goal is to have more big series out more often, they have to account for how much time it takes to make those series into the monsters they are. That does not seem to be a point of consideration for them as they push for more Stranger Things, Squid Games and Wednesdays.
More on Stranger Things 5 down the road, but not for a good long while, it seems like.
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