How long will Stranger Things continue? That is a big question that has been on many fans’ minds long before Season 3's impending debut on Netflix, with the horror series being a favorite among streaming audiences. (Even Hulu is a fan!) The younger cast has an idea of how much longer Stranger Things should last that fans may agree or disagree with.
Stars like Finn Wolfhard said another one or two seasons should bring Stranger Things to a proper conclusion. That would put the show ending at either the Season 4 or 5 mark. Why do they feel this way, though? Wolfhard (who plays Mike) and Gaten Matarazzo (who plays Dustin) fielded the question of when they think Stranger Things should end, saying:
Gaten Matarazzo: I think we should stop whenever the story feels like it needs to be completed. I don't think any story should be pushed. If there's no more story, there's no more story.
Finn Wolfhard: I think we only need one more to like, tie it all up. Either one or two more. At least one more to tie it all up. Sometimes we're like,' It would be cool to have five seasons, and they're [Matt and Ross Duffer] like, 'We're not telling you anything,'
Could one or two more seasons really be enough to finish Stranger Things? Well, there have been hints from Stranger Things' creators Matt and Ross Duffer about the overall plan is to take their sci-fi series. In the past, Ross Duffer told Vulture they were “thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out.” Not that pulling the plug before a fifth season will be the easiest thing to do.
Last year, David Harbour (who plays Chief Hopper) said that he already knows the series’ overarching ending arc, saying that either Season 4 or 5 would containing that narrative stretch. So, the best case scenario would be for Season 3 to not be the penultimate season of Stranger Things.
The Duffers' and Harbour's comments fall in line with what Stranger Things stars Finn Wolfhard and Gaten Matarazzo told ET. "Not overstaying one’s welcome" seems to be a pretty popular trend among TV execs these days.
If Stranger Things were to only have one more season left that would fit with that motif. Keeping a show’s creative integrity is also a critical factor in things. As for fans, they are probably in no hurry to say goodbye. Oddly enough, they share that ideal in common with Mark Harmon, who has similar creativity-based ideas about when NCIS should end its run
Last year, Millie Bobby Brown shared an emotional picture after Season 3 wrapped, which some people took to mean the show was possibly ending. She later explained that the photo was from the final day of filming Season 3, and not the entire series, which was undoubtably a source of relief to many Stranger Things viewers.
For now, fans can focus on the season ahead. The third installment is less than a month away from touching down, and Stranger Things’ cast has not been shy about teasing it. Finn Wolfhard shared that he thinks Season 3 works better due to it incorporating “everything,” saying that it's a solid combination of the horror and adventure tones of the first two seasons.
The usual go-to source for Stranger Things info, David Harbour, teased the end of Season 3 with a hint that could be considered ominously theory-provoking. Whatever ends up happening, the '80s-movie-inspired installment should give fans a lot to talk about, and none of which should involve the end of the series.
Why bring an early end to something that is so incredibly popular? The Stranger Things cast arguably has a good point. Along their lines of thinking, if there is no compelling story to return to, you do not have a genuine reason to continue. Accordingly, you want to go out with everyone remembering how great the show is, rather that wondering how great it might have been if the ending had come a lot sooner.