• Stranger Things season 4 will premiere later this year
  • The show's format will be different than past seasons
  • Stranger Things creators also share plans to end show

Stranger Things fans finally got the season 4 news they've been waiting for, as it's been revealed when the show will return! The creators of the wildly popular Netflix show shared a special letter on social media on Thursday that's both exciting and bittersweet— here's what they revealed!

Stranger Things season 4 to be released in "volumes" 

Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer said that season 4 is "the most challenging season yet but the most rewarding one," calling the show "bigger than ever." They also revealed it will be the longest season so far, released in two "volumes" just a couple of months apart! May 27 will see the premiere of Volume One, while July 1 will conclude the season with Volume Two.

David Harbour as "Sheriff Jim Hopper" in Stranger Things season 4 

The Duffer Brothers explained that season 4 is "nearly twice the length" of a typical Stranger Things season, which accounts for its split release. While these new details are exciting, the creators also shared some bittersweet news. There has been speculation about the show's end for some time, but now the Duffers have officially confirmed that season 5 will be the last. They hinted at the fact that the franchise could live on though, saying "there are still many more exciting stories" within the universe.

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Stranger Things season 3 was released back in July 2019, so fans have been waiting quite a while to see how the adventures of Millie Bobby Brown's "Eleven," Noah Schnapp's "Will," Winona Ryder's "Joyce," and more will continue. While the fourth season first began filming in the spring of 2020, the pandemic caused its production to be delayed until October of the same year. It sounds like the wait will be worth it though now that we know season 4 will be super-sized!