For the first time ever, not all of the episodes in a season of Stranger Things are available at once. Season 4 was divided into two volumes: The first seven episodes (Volume 1) were released on May 27, with the final two (Volume 2) scheduled to land on July 1. But there are not to be confused with Season 5, the final instalment in the Stranger Things franchise, which should be released sometime in 2023 or 2024.
Is Volume 2 of Stranger Things Season 5?
Volume 2 of Stranger Things is not Season 5.
The creators of the hit show, the Duffer Brothers, decided to split Season 4 into two volumes because of the runtime of the last two episodes, with the eighth coming in at 1 hour and 25 minutes, and the ninth, the season finale, at 2 hours and 30 minutes. These still weren’t finished as of June 16, so we’d have had to wait even longer for Season 4 if they’d have been included from the start.
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“During the six-month pandemic hiatus, we outlined Season 5 and pitched it to Netflix,” the Duffer Brothers told Variety in an interview that coincided with the release of season four in 2022.” The “gap should be quite a bit shorter this time, due to the fact that we already have an initial outline, and we can’t imagine there will be another six-month forced hiatus,” the duo added when asked about the Season 5 release date.
If you’re all caught up and are frantically waiting for Volume 2, take a trip down memory lane with some of the most iconic Stranger Things songs in Volume 1, including Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill, which is now charting number one in the UK singles chart almost four decades after the song first debuted, and number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and The Beach Boys’ iconic take on California Dreamin’.