In an interview with German website The Telegraaf, ‘Stranger Things’ star Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin, was asked how long the hit Netflix series will last and he reiterated that it sounds like five remains the magic number.
As he stated:
“I know that [creators] Matt and Ross [Duffer], their goal is not to go as many seasons as possible… It’s to go until they finish their story, and I’ve heard the magic number is either four or five. We just finished up three – three is not the last one planned.”
This echoes a statement by the Duffer Brothers last year, who stated “I think, you know, four to five seasons is likely where we’ll end up, but who knows? I mean, none of this official, and we know where we want to go.
“We’re trying to figure out still how long it’ll take to get there, so we’ll see. It’s hard, like four seems short, five seems long. So I don’t know what to do.”
Part of this timeline is no doubt the fact that the concept for the show evolved over time. When ‘Stranger Things’ launched, the Duffer Brothers toyed with the idea of making it an anthology with a rotating cast, but after falling in love with Matarazzo and his young costars Millie Bobby Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, and Finn Wolfhard during the making of Season 1, they decided to keep the focus on them. But considering the amount of time required to craft each season, it’s no secret that the kids are growing up. Past a certain age, part of the charm will be gone.
There is the possibility that the fourth season will be the last, but it seems as though the story will dictate that. As sad as it would be for fans to lose the show, it would be better for everyone for it to go out on top rather than dragging along for too long and losing its luster that way.
At any rate, Season 3 has wrapped and will be released in 2019.
What do you think? Does five sound like a good number of seasons to end on for ‘Stranger Things’?