Per the Hollywood Reporter, the long-awaited fourth season of the show will be split into two parts. “Volume 1” is set to arrive on May 27, almost three years after the arrival of Season 3, whole “Volume 2” will debut on July 1. To coincide with the release date announcement, Netflix shared a teaser poster with the tagline, “Every ending has a beginning.”
“It’s been a little while,” series creators the Duffer Brothers said in a statement. “With nine scripts, over eight-hundred pages, almost two years of filming, thousands of visual effects shots and a runtime nearly twice the length of any previous season, Stranger Things 4 was the most challenging season yet, but also the most rewarding one. Everyone involved is incredibly proud of the results, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Given the unprecedented length, and to get it to you as soon as possible, Season 4 will be released in two volumes.”
Season 4 will be followed by the just announced fifth and final season. “Seven years ago we planned out the complete story arc of Stranger Things,” the creators added. “At the time, we predicted the story would last four to five seasons. It proved too large to tell in four, but—as you’ll soon see for yourselves —we are now hurtling toward our finale. Season 4 will be the penultimate season; season 5 will be the last."
Additionally, they teased that there “are still many more exciting stories to tell within the world of Stranger Things,” indicating that a spinoff series could be in the works. "But first, we hope that you stay with us as we finish this tale of a powerful girl named Eleven and her brave friends, of a broken police chief and a ferocious mom, of a small town called Hawkins and an alternate dimension known only as the Upside Down,” they added.
Netflix finally unveiled the first proper look at Stranger Things Season 4 late last year with the arrival of a teaser trailer.