'Stranger things’ Season 4: Netflix show will cost a whopping $30M per episode
After a wait of three years, the much anticipated Season 4 of ‘Stranger Things’ will finally premiere on Netflix in May — well, part one at least. Season 4 will be broken into two parts this summer (the second half will be out in July). There certainly seems to be enough promise for the season that promises to be the darkest and funniest yet.
The show has received much critical acclaim with four Golden Globe nominations and three Grammy Awards nods. However, the most astounding news is that the upcoming season of the critically-acclaimed science fiction show cost $30 million per episode to make. It will consist of nine episodes, which means the approximate budget for the full season was $270 million.
Each episode cost $30 million
An article from Wall Street Journal shared that ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 “has a per-episode cost of $30 million, according to people close to the show.” One reason for this is mainly the cast's salaries. David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, and Winona Ryder are making the most on the show, with each of them earning $350,000 per episode. Many other members of the main cast including Finn Wolfhard and Noah Schnapp are commanding salaries of $250,000 an episode.
Netflix has increased cost of production
The beloved fantasy-horror series has found thrilling and shocking new ways to get better with each new season, but in doing so, has increased the cost of production in order to successfully level up and meet audience expectations. The strategy comes as Netflix prepares for the end of its biggest original series, as season 5 is set to wrap up Eleven's current storyline. The Duffer Brothers, who created the series, have compared this season to ‘Game of Thrones’ as Hopper is in Russia, Eleven and the Byers are in California, and the rest of the characters are still in Hawkins, Indiana.
‘Stranger Things’ has become the streaming service's most recognizable franchise and anticipation is through the roof to see what Season 4 will bring. Viewers are very excited to see Eleven's journey to regaining her powers, figuring out what happened to Hopper, and seeing how the collective 'Stranger Things' team takes down Vecna.
The first half of season 4, dubbed part 1, will include the first five episodes of the season set for release on May 27. The latter four episodes are set to come out on July 1.