Stranger Things creators are not planning to add new characters in season 5

By Melanie Aiden August 14, 2022
Stranger Things season 5 will include no new character

The creators of the massively popular Netflix series, Stranger Things, have announced that the fifth and final season will centre only on the "OG" characters.

The show's creators, Ross and Matt Duffer, told Indiewire that they are eager to finish the tales of the characters they debuted to the audience back in season 1, which began in 2016.

"We're doing our best to resist [adding new characters] for Season 5," Matt said.

"We're trying not to do that so we can focus on the OG characters, I guess."

Although it could be unsettling, adding new people to the plot might be necessary to "give it the engine that is needed," according to Ross.

"Whenever we introduce a new character, we want to make sure that they're going to be an integral part of the narrative," he said.

"We've got a great cast of characters here, and actors, and any moment we're spending with a new character, we're taking time away from one of the other actors," Ross mentioned.

Season 1 introduced the story of the characters of Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin, as well as Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono and Matthew Modine.

Joe Keery and Noah Schnapp were bumped to series in season 2, which also debuted Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery. Maya Hawke and Priah Ferguson joined the cast in later seasons of the show.

Joseph Quinn was the breakthrough star of Season 4, but as the show's scope grew beyond its original Hawkins, Indiana-based location, new characters were also introduced.

The Duffers have stated that by concentrating on Schnapp's character Will Byers, season 5 will complete the narrative.

"The Duffers are saying for next season that they're going to focus more on Will and build that storyline. I think that's super exciting," the actor said in an interview with Variety.