Stranger Things season 5 s’ plot might have been revealed; we have D&D to thank for it.
After a three-year gap, Netflix s’ hit series Stranger Things returned to the screens. The riveting story coupled with a cast who might have aged off screen but on screen, they still share the same chemistry and dynamism.
The show completed its fourth installment on 1st July, and fans have already been looking forward to Stranger Things Season 5. A two hours-twenty minutes long season finale set up the much-awaited fifth season.
The fourth season had many easter eggs, which the keen-eyed fans spotted as a possible plot point for the final season. While the actual storyline is yet to be revealed by the creators, it looks like Stranger Things Season 5’s Plot has already been presaged in a few scenes from the fourth season.
Show s’ creators Duffer Brothers, have also dropped hints about the possible storyline for Stranger Things Season 5. Let’s delve into these details and breakdown down what could happen in the final season of Stranger Things.
DID THIS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS GAME REVEAL THE PLOT FOR SEASON 5?
In Stranger Things season 4, episode 1, “The Hellfire Club,” we see Mike, Dustin, and Lucas take part in a game of Dungeons & Dragons with Eddie Munson, who is the leader of the school s’ D&D society called Hell Fire Club.
Erica takes her brother s’ place and Eddie as the dungeon master for this D&D campaign. The game begins, and the players run across some cultists wearing hoods. They reveal their identity by removing their hoods except for one who is unrecognizable with shriveled skin and a missing left arm and eye.
The mysterious cultist is believed to be the dead Vecna as Dustin rolls an 11 but is unsuccessful in killing him. Fortunately, Erica saves the day by rolling a 20 and wins the game for her team.
Fan theories have been circulating this D&D campaign as a plot point in Stranger Things season 5. Cutting forward to the finale of Season 4, we find that Vecna is still alive, which makes even more sense that the D&D game foreshadows a battle against the villain in the fifth season.
INFLUENCE OF DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS ON STRANGER THINGS
Dungeons & Dragons have been cleverly used by the creators not just to bring the cast together but also to narrate the story as well. Speaking to Netflix, the Duffer Brothers highlighted the importance of the game in shaping the characters, monsters, and storytelling. Read below:
What we wanted to do with the kids in Season 1 is that, as they’re encountering these extraordinary circumstances and these supernatural events, we started to think about how we would react to that if we were kids. We would reference pop culture. What the kids in the show love are Dungeons & Dragons. They know monsters from D&D, so they’re going to go, “Well, this reminds me of this from Dungeons & Dragons.” That became shorthand for referring to these monsters or other supernatural events that are happening to them.Netflix
Matt Duffer commented on the importance of D&D and role-playing game for plot progression as he said:
This is why the kids are better at handling this than the adults; they live in this fantasy world. We particularly wanted to use Dungeons & Dragons [since] it is so much more immersive than any other game because of the role-playing element. In a way, Stranger Things is like a massive D&D campaign, where the role-playing completely takes over their lives. It’s almost like they’re sucked into a D&D game.Netflix
The cast of Strangers Things also engaged in a D&D one-shot campaign for Netflix Geeked Week, which series writer Dave Walters hosted. You can watch the video below:
BUILD UP FOR STRANGER THINGS SEASON 5
Before a new season drops, the production team must consider different factors such as location, episode length, release schedule, etc. Let’s look at each of these factors as Netflix builds up for Stranger Things Season 5.
Duffer Brothers have confirmed that Stranger Things season 5 will primarily take place where it all started, i.e., Hawkins, Indiana. Matt Duffer also shared a funny story about the VFX of the Upside Down leaking into the real world:
Yeah. It’s mostly in Hawkins, and there’s a lot in the Upside Down. Which is exciting and also not exciting because I swear half my life is spent looking at spore shots and going, ‘That spore’s too big. That spore just flew through the body of our character.’ Anyway. I don’t want to think how many hours of my life have been spent watching spore shots and will be watching and looking at spore special effect shots.Collider
Stranger Things Season 4 was comparatively longer with nine episodes than the eight episodes in past seasons. Speaking to Collider, Matt Duffer confirmed that Stranger Things Season 5 would be of Eight episodes only:
I think we’re aiming for eight again. We don’t want it to be 13 hours. We’re aiming for more like 10 hours or something. I think it’s going to be longer than Season 1 because we just have so much to wrap up, but I don’t think it’s going to be as long as Season 4.Collider
After the conclusion of the fourth season, most fans would be happy compared to the show’s premiere. The main reason behind the fan’s anger was the release schedule of season 4 which came out in two parts.
Luckily, the final season will come out in a single release as Netflix’s head of scripted series for the U.S. and Canada. Peter Friedlander suggested that Season 5 would not get split up, at least not into weekly episodes. Peter says:
We fundamentally believe that we want to give our members a choice in how they view,” the Netflix exec said. “And so giving them that option on these scripted series to watch as much as they want to watch when they watch it is still fundamental to what we want to provide. And so, when you see something like a batched season with ‘Stranger Things,’ this is our attempt at making sure we can get shows out quicker to the members.Variety
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