'Stranger Things' Season 4: Duffer Brothers say episodes 7 and 9 are 'full-blown movies'
Steady updates continue to pour in as 'Stranger Things' Season 4 gears up for its premiere on May 27. With the season being split into two volumes, the first part releases in May, while the second volume debuts in July. The latest update comes from creators, the Duffer Brothers themselves, The duo revealed that episodes 7 and 9 (the latter being the epic finale) will be the same length as a feature film.
"Episode 7 and 9 are very, very long episodes," Ross Duffer confirmed, to which Matt Duffer added, "Oh, yeah. Those are full-blown movies, they told Collider. This explains the reason behind the delay and why season 4 took ages to finally make it to Netflix.
Initially, the Duffer brothers intended eight episodes for Season 4, but when it came time to plot out the season, they realized they needed one more to tell the story they'd actually thought of, and Netflix had their backs. Ross Duffer's said, "I think we were at least halfway, but I think probably over halfway through this season, were trying to squeeze the story in, and we sat down with our writers, and we said, "I don't think this is feasible in eight episodes".
He added, "So we went to Netflix and said, "Hey, are you okay if we do one more episode?", and luckily they were very supportive of that, but that's how we ended up with that extra episode. But it was not originally planned that way. It wasn't outlined that way. It was always going to be eight. And then it just ended up being too much story."
Matt Duffer said the outline of Season 5 was ready as well. "We had all the scripts before we started shooting, so we could look at the whole thing as a whole, and we outlined all of Season 5. ... This was due to the six-month hiatus that we had due to the pandemic. We don't typically have as much time. It usually feels like the train is going down the tracks and Ross and I and our writers are just throwing down track as we're going, once we're halfway through the season. For the first time ever, we were able to look at it globally, not just Season 4, but Season 5 as well, and they really are of a piece."
'Stranger Things' Season 4 premieres May 27 on Netflix.