‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 Two-Hour Finale Defended by Duffer Brothers

The Duffer Brothers explained the over two-hour runtime of the “Stranger Things” season four, part two finale, with Ross Duffer telling Variety that “if someone wants to pause it, they can.”

The “Stranger Things” showrunners spoke about the show’s fourth season, which is set to conclude with the release of its final two episodes on Friday on


, in an interview with Variety. The first part of the season, which premiered on May 27 with a seven-episode drop, is set to conclude with a two-hour and 19-minute finale, according to the official “Stranger Things” writers’ room Twitter account.

That runtime has drawn some skeptical eyes, but the Duffer Brothers told Variety that it felt necessary.

“We looked at the final episode ’cause it’s so long, there really wasn’t a good spot to break it,” Ross Duffer told Variety. “So it’s like, why at the end of the day, you know, if someone wants to pause it if they can.”

“Stranger Things” premiered on Netflix in 2016 and has since grown to be one of the streaming platform’s most popular shows of all time. The show’s fourth season, which premiered after a nearly three-year hiatus, saw the show’s characters split up between Indiana, Russia, and California as a new threat from the Upside Down known as Vecna begins to menace Hawkins once again. 

The brothers said that while they and Netflix anticipated the season’s final episodes running long, they didn’t think that the other episodes of the season would be “supersized” as well. It wasn’t until they hit the editing stage that they realized “oh god, these are really long,” Ross told Variety. 

Still, the pacing of the series, and the demands of its multiple plotlines, demanded the length, both brothers said.

“You look at one of the episodes, like, you couldn’t cut it out 15 minutes early,” Matt Duffer said. “Structurally we have this year, I think it was four major storylines. And they each have three or four beats per episode. So they’re all building towards a specific point.”

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