Stranger Things season 4 managed to push just how far you can make a TV series episode in terms of length. We got 2 episodes (Ep. 7 and Ep. 8) that each ran for about 90 minutes, or the length of your average film. Then we had the season 4 finale episode that lasted a whopping 150 minutes, or 2.5 hours long. There are blockbusters that don’t last that long, and yet, it seems the Duffer Brothers are intent on turning their Netflix series into an epic series of blockbusters. So intent that they don’t just want to repeat that length for the upcoming season 5. No, they actually want to make that upcoming final season even bigger. How so? Well, let’s find out, shall we?
Stranger Things Season 5: Lengthy Details
Total Film magazine has just published an interview they conducted with Shawn Levy: one of the top executive producers for Netflix’s Stranger Things. During this interview, in fact, right at the start of it, Levy gives us a teaser for the upcoming season 5 of this hit sci-fi horror mystery drama series. In fact, you can read Levy’s exact words below:
There’s no way to be contiguous with season 4, and not, frankly, expand scale and depth. It’s major, major, cinematic storytelling that happens to be called a TV series. Stranger Things 5 is as big as any of the biggest movies that we see.
So nothing concrete, and in fact, Shawn Levy is being pretty vague about his Stranger Things season 5 teaser. Such is the nature of a teaser though, and what he’s teasing is intriguing. Even if you assume that he’s going to increase the average length of each episode, it’s going to push the runtime per episode up to feature-length film length. Perhaps we might even get a finale episode that hits 180 minutes long, or even exceeds it? Well, we can hope so. Granted, this is just speculation for now. Take it with a grain of salt until we hear anything official from Netflix. Tune back into THS later to find out more Stranger Things news when we get it.
Source: Total Film