Take a deep breath: That Stranger Issues episode 7 ending wasn’t, y’know, The Finish. We promise. Snatching a web page from the Ozark playbook, Netflix’s deliriously anticipated thriller Stranger Issues is stretching its fourth season into two components—sorry, volumes—which implies followers must wait a teensy bit longer for the ultimate, precise, we-mean-it-this-time ending.
Maybe much more confusingly, the seasonal cut up is lopsided. Quantity 1, out as of Could 27, options seven episodes, however quantity 2 will function solely two. However every of these two episodes might be, as one Jason Bateman as soon as put it, “tremendous sized”—extra like function movies than conventional tv. (We will all stick round after the credit roll and argue if “tv that’s extra like movie” is admittedly a good suggestion.) As Netflix makes an attempt to squeeze some juice out of its money cow, right here’s what we all know concerning the subsequent chapter.
When does season 4 quantity 2 come out?
Okay, so don’t shoot the messenger, nevertheless it’s gonna be a painful wait. The ultimate two episodes are anticipated to drop at 12 a.m. PST on July 1, simply in time for a Fourth of July weekend binge. Unhealthy information: These 5 weeks between Could 27 and July 1 are going to cross slowly. Excellent news: Extra time for theorizing!
How lengthy will quantity 2 be? What number of episodes?
Put together for an, er, prolonged binge. Quantity 2 may encompass solely two episodes, however they’re every feature-length: Episode 8 clocks in at 1 hour and 25 minutes, whereas the grand finale runs 2 hours and half-hour. So, not so long as The Batman, however nonetheless actually lengthy!
Wait, so how does this work once more?
Let’s break it down merely. The next episodes premiered on the similar time on Could 27:
- Episode 1: “Chapter One: The Hellfire Membership” (runs 1 hour and 16 minutes)
- Episode 2: “Chapter Two: Vecna’s Curse” (runs 1 hour and quarter-hour)
- Episode 3: “Chapter Three: The Monster and the Superhero” (runs 1 hour and three minutes)
- Episode 4: “Chapter 4: Expensive Billy” (runs 1 hour and 17 minutes)
- Episode 5: “Chapter 5: The Nina Mission” (runs 1 hour and 14 minutes)
- Episode 6: “Chapter Six: The Dive” (runs 1 hour and 13 minutes)
- Episode 7: “Chapter Seven: The Bloodbath at Hawkins Lab” (runs 1 hour and 39 minutes)
After which the remaining episodes premiere on the similar time on July 1:
- Episode 8: “Chapter Eight: Papa” (runs 1 hour and 25 minutes)
- Episode 9: “Chapter 9: The Piggyback” (runs 2 hours and half-hour)
Why do that to us??
Apparently, the Duffer brothers—the masterminds behind Stranger Issues—felt it was warranted. “Episode 7 is as large as any season finale we’ve ever had, so it made sense to everybody concerned to separate the season there,” they informed Selection in a joint e-mail interview. “Episode 7 actually serves as the top of the second act—and we really feel that our ultimate act had sufficient meat on the bone to make up Quantity 2.”
As for why a cut up was warranted within the first place: “As we started turning over episodes, everybody started to really feel the season was too large to be launched in a single batch—at practically 13 hours, it’s actually extra two seasons than one. We mentioned varied launch choices with Ted [Sarandos, Netflix’s CEO], and early on he proposed the 2 quantity cut up, which might enable us to interrupt up the season whereas additionally staying true to Netflix’s binge mannequin.”
In different phrases, blame Ted Sarandos!
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