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Stranger Things creators the Duffer Brothers have implied we won't be getting series five any time soon after series four came to its explosive end last week.
Millions of Netflix users across the globe streamed the final two episodes of series four this weekend after a mid-series break forced us to wait weeks for the conclusion, but if you thought that was tough, you better buckle up.
There's one more series of Stranger Things to go - hopefully one in which every storyline will be wrapped up in a neat, ideally not too deadly bow - but production looks to be a long way off as the writers' room hasn't even sat down to tackle the plot yet.
The Duffer Brothers no doubt have some sort of general outline for the series in mind, but in an interview with Collider co-creator Ross Duffer said the team were 'going to take a little vacation in July' after series four came to an end.
He continued: "Then we're going to come back. I know that the writers' room is going to start in that first week of August.”
Though August is only a matter of weeks away, it's worth noting that casting for the most recently released series actually began all the way back in 2019.
Admittedly we did have a pandemic to contend with shortly after that, but after a six month break the cast picked up filming and concluded their scenes around August 2021. It then took almost a whole other year for the series to arrive on Netflix, so it's safe to say the production of a series is a pretty long process, even without global lockdowns.
Another indication that Stranger Things series five won't be arriving any time soon comes from one of the stars himself, David Harbour - otherwise known as Hopper.
In an interview with GQ released this week, the actor expressed belief the cast would likely reunite to shoot their final scenes next year.
He explained: "They’re finishing writing it this year, and they need to prep and stuff, so hopefully it’ll be this year. But I think that’s the plan."
Based on the show's 'track record', Harbour added that the show would 'probably come out mid-2024'.
It's admittedly hard to hear we might have to wait more than a year to find out what happens to our Eleven, Mike, Steve and the gang after the events of series four, but I'm sure it will be worth the wait.
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