Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin) shares his hopes for Stranger Things 5

Stranger Things - Credit: Netflix
Stranger Things - Credit: Netflix /

The final season of Netflix’s beloved Stranger Things won’t arrive until sometime next year. We’ve got a lot of teases to come between now and then. The hype is real, and according to star Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer will deliver a satisfying endgame.

The final season has not begun filming yet; production is slated to start in June on this year. Appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Matarazzo revealed that his biggest fear isn’t how well audiences will react to the final season (he’s convinced of its success) but rather for his own future as an actor. Having hit a home run with one of his first major roles, he’s got a “deep fear” of continuing his career after the show, since it has offered him “pretty great job security.”

He continues to land exciting roles though. Most recently, he’s playing Tobias Ragg on stage in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Gaten Matarazzo hopes the Stranger Things characters can “move on from the trauma they’ve endured”

Given that we’re still a long way off season 5, not even Matarazzo has a full grasp of what’s in store. “It’s in the best hands it can be,” he said. “Matt and Ross know these characters better than I think we might, and it’s really interesting because they trust us all very much to make our own decisions and go about the scenes the way we’ve always instinctually wanted to.”

"I’ve never really given myself an opportunity to think of what they might want to do, and now’s the best time to start, just really thinking about what can happen. I’d love to see a good launchpad for growth, and I’d love to see these characters thrive and move on from the trauma they’ve endured over the past few years. Quite a wild ride."

Stranger Things writers tease season 5

In every season of Stranger Things, the world continues to expand, dangerous new monsters are introduced, and new characters get added to the circle — it gets altogether more epic. In a recent tweet, the writers on the show shared a cryptic message. It’s a bit weird, but definitely builds excitement. Read it for yourself:

Season 1 was confined to the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, while season 4 was spread over several different locations. So which way will it go, if it’s a mix of both? We’ll have to wait and see.

Expect the fifth and final season of Stranger Things to air on Netflix sometime in 2024.

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