When does Stranger Things season 4 part 2 come out? Release date confirmed

Fans are eager for those final two episodes

a close up of the cast of Stranger Things 4 volume 2

As fans sink their teeth into the first installment of the new sci-fi series, many are curious to know when does Stranger Things season 4 part 2 come out?

Nostalgic, action-packed and at times all-out strange, Netflix's Stranger Things has earnt a huge cult following since it first aired on the streaming platform in July 2016. Audiences welcomed Winona Ryder back to screens, revelled in the 80s soundtrack and fell in love with the young and sweet Hawkins High kids who found their world turned upside down with the introduction of Millie Bobbi Brown's Eleven.

Season 3 ended on a huge cliffhanger with the welfare of Sheriff Jim Hopper - aka Lily Allen's husband David Harbour - certainly under question. Thankfully, the wait is over and Stranger Things season 4 is here to entertain and thrill fans once more. Though some patience is required - as the new series is split into two volumes to keep the anticipation alive. We share when part 2 comes out and give you the low-down on the new characters joining Season 4.

When does Stranger Things season 4 part 2 come out?

Part 2 of Stranger Things season 4 will be released on Netflix on Friday 1 July, 2022. The final 2 episodes will drop at midnight (Pacific time), 2am (Central time) and 3am (Eastern time). Whilst UK viewers will have to wait until 8am that day to watch it.

The first installment of the new season arrived on Netflix on 27 May. So there's a five-week wait between the two volumes. Stranger Things creators - the Duffer brothers - have explained that they decided to the split season 4 into two parts because the episode lengths are longer.

"Episode 7 is as big as any season finale we’ve ever had, so it made sense to everyone involved to split the season there," Matt Duffer told Variety (opens in new tab). "Episode 7 really serves as the end of the second act — and we feel that our final act had enough meat on the bone to make up Volume 2."

Ross Duffer agrees. In terms of the season 4 structure he breaks Volume 2 down as essentially the "third act". "We really see Volume 1 as the first two acts of this story, and then Volume 2 is the final act," he tells Netflix's Tudum (opens in new tab).

How long are the Stranger Things 4 episodes?

  1. The Hellfire Club (Chapter One) – 1hr 16mins
  2. Vecna's Curse (Chapter Two) – 1hr 15mins
  3. The Monster and the Superhero (Chapter Three) – 1hr 3mins
  4. Dear Billy (Chapter Four) – 1hr 17 mins
  5. The Nina Project (Chapter Five) – 1hr 14mins
  6. The Dive (Chapter Six) – 1hr 13mins
  7. The Massacre at Hawkins Lab (Chapter Seven) – 1hr 38mins
  8. *Released: 1 July* Papa (Chapter Eight) – 1hr 25mins
  9. *Released: 1 July* The Piggyback (Chapter Nine) – 2hr 30mins

New episodes in Stranger Things season 4 range in length from just over an hour to around an hour and a half. However, the grand finale - released 1 July - will run for 2 hours and 30 minutes. There are nine episodes in total in Stranger Things season 4.

"They truly are movies, at least in terms of length," Ross Duffer says of the new episodes. Fellow brother Matt argues that Chapter Nine is actually longer than your regular movie. This being said, they both agree that the last episode is like "a long movie."

David Harbour as Jim Hopper in a still from Stranger Things season 4

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A ninth episode was originally not part of the Duffer Brothers' plan for Stranger Things season four. But as time went on, the two creators realised a need for it:

"Partway through outlining, we realized we needed another episode," Matt shares. "It was originally going to be eight episodes, and we asked Netflix if they would be open to us having another episode, Episode 9. Which they were super supportive of."

Season 2 is the only other series of Stranger Things to have nine episodes in total. Seasons 1 and 3 both have eight.

What is Stranger Things season 4 about?

"It’s been six months since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins," reads the official season 4 synopsis from Netflix. "Struggling with the aftermath, our group of friends are separated for the first time – and navigating the complexities of high school hasn’t made things any easier.

"In this most vulnerable time, a new and horrifying supernatural threat surfaces, presenting a gruesome mystery that, if solved, might finally put an end to the horrors of the Upside Down."

Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, and Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair in Stranger Things season 4

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Stranger Things season 4: Cast members returning

  • David Harbour (Hellboy, Black Widow, Suicide Squad) returns as Jim Hopper
  • Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands) returns as Joyce Byers
  • Millie Bobby Brown (Enola Holmes) returns as Eleven.
  • Finn Wolfhard (IT, Ghostbusters: Afterlife) returns as Mike Wheeler
  • Gaten Matarazzo (Prank Encounters) returns as Dustin Henderson
  • Caleb McLaughlin (Concrete Cowboy) returns as Lucas Sinclair
  • Noah Schnapp (Abe) returns as Will Byers
  • Sadie Sink (Fear Street) returns as Max Mayfield
  • Natalia Dyer (Yes, God, Yes) returns as Nancy Wheeler
  • Charlie Heaton (The New Mutants) returns as Jonathan Byers
  • Joe Keery (Free Guy, Spree) returns as Steve Harrington
  • Maya Hawke (Little Women, Mainstream) returns as Robin Buckley

The show's breakout star Millie Bobbi Brown told Jimmy Fallon (opens in new tab) that Stranger Things season 4 is set to emotional. Fans should expect "lots of answers — lots of crying, lots of laughing," she joked.

"The main part, and the slogan of this storyline, is it’s the beginning of the end," she told the talk show host. "We really have to dig deep into [Eleven’s] beginning and how she became who she is with the people around her, and how to gain that autonomy and become this woman on her own. So this storyline this season really digs into that."

Millie Bobbi Brown as 11 in a still from Stranger Things season 4

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Co-star Sadie Sink - who joined the cast in season 2 - promises the new series is even stranger too:

"It's the most bizarre season we've ever had," she said in an interview with People (opens in new tab). "Just the scale of it is out of this world. We get to explore a lot of different themes and different sides of the characters that everyone knows and loves, so I'm looking forward to it. It's coming!"

Who are the new characters in Stranger Things season 4?

  • Jamie Campbell Bower (The Mortal Instruments, New Moon) plays Peter Ballard
  • Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street) plays Victor Creel
  • Mason Dye (Teen Wolf) plays student Jason Carver
  • Eduardo Franco (Booksmart, American Vandal) plays Jonathan's friend Argyle
  • Joseph Quinn (Catherine the Great) plays Hellfire Club founder Eddie Munson
  • Sherman Augustus (Into the Badlands) plays Lt Colonel Sullivan
  • Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones) plays Russian prison guard Dmitri
  • Nikola Djuricko (World War Z, In the Land of Blood and Honey) plays Russian smuggler Yuri

A number of new actors joined the cast in season 4 to shake up the story. Familiar talent includes Jamie Campbell Bower of Twilight and Harry Potter fame who plays Peter Ballard. His character is best described as "a caring man who works as an orderly at a psychiatric hospital". And he proves to have a connection to Millie Bobbi Brown's Eleven.

From one psychiatric hospital to another - in episode four, Robert Englund (aka THE Freddy Kruger) makes a memorable appearance as Victor Creel. Described as "a disturbed and intimidating man", the audience learns of a harrowing family tragedy that has led to his false imprisonment there. Booksmart's Eduardo Franco is another new addition in season 4. Teased by Netflix as "Jonathan's new best friend" Argyle happens to be "a fun-loving stoner and pizza delivery boy".

Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson in a still from Stranger Things

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British actor Joseph Quinn puts in a memorable performance as Eddie Munson in season 4. He's the head of Hawkins High official Dungeons and Dragons game club known as The Hellfire Club. Both Mike and Dustin are members of the D&D gang, but it's Eddie's relationship with head cheerleader Chrissy Cunningham that lands him in deep water.

Tom Wlaschiha (faceless man in Game of Thrones) and Nikola Djuricko also appear as two Russian characters.

When was Stranger Things season 4 filmed?

Filming for Stranger Things season 4 began in February 2020, though production was halted not long after due to the pandemic. Cast and crew resumed filming in June 2021 and continued on-and-off for over a year, finally wrapping in September 2021.

"The pandemic definitely massively delayed shooting and therefore the launch of our current season 4," executive producer and director Shawn Levy told Collider. "But it impacted very positively by allowing the Duffer brothers, for the first time ever, to write the entire season before we shoot it and to have time to rewrite in a way that they rarely had before so the quality of these screenplays are exceptional, maybe better than ever."

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The pandemic wasn't the only setback when filming Stranger Things season 4. A large fire broke out at Netflix's studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico in early August of 2021. This is where production for Stranger Things had moved to for the fourth season. Thankfully, a Netflix representative confirmed to Newsweek (opens in new tab) that the fire broke out in an old building that was due to be demolished. And that no sets or personnel were harmed during the incident.

The first three seasons of Stranger Things were filmed in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the same home as other Netlfix productions like Sweet Magnolias (opens in new tab).

Is there a season 5 of Stranger Things?

Yes, Netflix confirmed on 17 February 2022 that there would be a season 5 of Stranger Things and that this would be the final season. Show creators the Duffer Brothers have also confirmed the next series is the end of the show: "Season 4 will be the penultimate season; season 5 will be the last."

Matt and Ross shared news of Stranger Things season 5 and finale in an open letter to fans - shared in February 2022:

"Seven years ago, we planned out the complete story arc for Stranger Things," they wrote. "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 not hurtling toward our finale."

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The letter alluded that fans could expect a spin-off television series or two in the future. Despite the main show ending.

"There are still many exciting stories to tell within the world of Stranger Things: new mysteries, new adventures, new unexpected heroes," the brothers added. But for now, they thanked fans for their "patience and support" promising season 4 as "bigger than ever".

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