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By Jitin Gambhir

10 Stranger Things Ending Mistakes Season 5 Must Avoid



When it comes to the final season of Stranger Things, there are countless ways that the show could end, but not all of them would be successful. The stakes are high for both the characters and the writers, and there is immense pressure to stick the landing and avoid making any mistakes. Some of these mistakes may be more obvious than others, but they all need to be avoided to ensure that the show’s legacy is upheld.

The Duffer brothers have the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of other shows, but they also have to navigate uncharted territory, as Stranger Things is a unique show. While the quality of the show has been consistent thus far, final seasons are notoriously difficult to execute (see Game of Thrones and Lost), and it’s easy to rush things. Character arcs can become contrived and questionable, the roots of the show can be forgotten, and fans can be left feeling insulted by cheap narratives. In the final season of Stranger Things, there are 10 potential mistakes that could be made, and they should all be avoided.

1. Will’s sexuality story doesn’t receive the attention it deserves

In season 4, much of Will Byer’s story was focused on his dependency and attraction to his close friend Mike Wheeler. While the show has received praise for its portrayal of Robin Buckley’s sexuality, there is no guarantee that Will’s story will be explored in the depth that it deserves. The writers need to give his story the attention it deserves to avoid any disappointment.

2. The origin and history of the Upside Down remains shrouded in mystery

The Upside Down remains a mystery, with only small pieces of information being revealed throughout the show’s run. To avoid it seeming like a cheap plot point, the writers need to provide some clarity on the lore of the Upside Down.

3. The final season is too rushed

The Duffer brothers need to avoid the mistakes of Game of Thrones season 8 and ensure that the final season of Stranger Things is not rushed. Characters need time to evolve, and the audience will easily tell if they have been shoehorned into their final positions. There can be no cutting corners in Stranger Things season 5.

4. Dustin’s grief over losing Eddie is ignored

Dustin Henderson spent much of season 2 and 3 alongside Steve Harrington, but season 4 saw him team up with newcomer Eddie Munson. In Eddie’s final moments before his death, the two declared their love for each other, and Stranger Things must show Dustin’s pain over Eddie’s death.

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5. The old gang doesn’t get back together

The core group of kids has been separated for numerous episodes and various reasons. For the sake of catharsis and nostalgia, the writers need to get the band back together one final time as they face off against Vecna – the battle that they have been building towards since they discovered the Upside Down.

6. There’s no satisfying ending for Vecna

Assuming he remains the big bad of Stranger Things during its final season, there needs to be a satisfying conclusion to his story – one that is worthy of a villain capable of such power and evil.

7. The show doesn’t have enough 80s nostalgia

Stranger Things and nostalgia for the 1980s have gone hand-in-hand since season 1. The writers need to go full-blown nostalgia, re-introducing the audience to songs they might have forgotten, films unseen in decades, and other 80s hallmarks.

8. Max’s role is reduced

Max Mayfield’s role in season 4 was incredibly important, and the Duffer brothers have promised that her coma will be of great importance in the final season. Audiences will be desperate to see her keep the screentime that she deserves.

9. No major character from season 1 dies

The writers need to be brave and kill off at least one major character from season 1, or else leave audiences with little to no sense of jeopardy.

10. Too many main characters are killed off

While there needs to be a gut-punch feeling for audiences when one of these mainstay characters dies, the loss of too many of them would be devastating. The writers need to find a balance and ensure that the show’s legacy is upheld.

In conclusion, the final season of Stranger Things has a lot to live up to, but by avoiding these potential mistakes, the show can end on a high note and remain a fan favorite for years to come.

There are myriad options for how Stranger Things season 5 could end the show in its final season, and some ways would be clear mistakes that should be avoided. With the stakes as high as they are for both characters and writers, there is plenty of pressure for the latter group to stick the landing, which would involve avoiding these errors. Some of them are more obvious, some less so. The Duffer brothers can surely learn from the failures of other shows, but they also have to get through unchartered territory, as is the uniqueness of Stranger Things.


Though most of Stranger Things has maintained a consistent quality so far, always able to provide tantalizing questions and satisfying payoffs, final seasons are notoriously tricky to maneuver (see Game of Thrones and Lost for prime examples), and it becomes far too easy to rush things. Character arcs can become contrived and questionable, the roots of the show can be forgotten, and fans are left bewildered and insulted by cheap narratives. Though audiences will be hoping for better from Stranger Things,here are 10 potentially unforgivable mistakes that could be made in its final season.

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10 Stranger Things’ Ending Doesn’t Properly Pay Off Will’s Sexuality Story

Will crying in the car Stranger Things

Much of Will Byer’s story in Stranger Things 4 was devoted to his blossoming dependency on and attraction to his close friend Mike Wheeler. Will’s actor Noah Schnapp has been vocal about Will’s sexuality despite that it has not been specifically explored in any articulate way in the show. Though it appears that the final season might be Will-centric, there is no guarantee that his sexuality will be explored in the depth that it deserves. Stranger Things has already received plaudits for its portrayal of Robin Buckley’s (Maya Hawke) sexuality, so here’s hoping they can do right by Will too.

9 Stranger Things Season 5 Doesn’t Explain The Upside Down

Stranger Things season 4 Upside Down

The origin and history of the Upside Down (Stranger Things answer to the underworld) remains shrouded in mystery, with only crumbs of information being offered to audiences through the years that the show has aired. What we know about the hellscape is that it’s an alternate dimension not too dissimilar to our own, only it exists out of time and is filled with monsters linked by a hive mind. That’s the jist of it. There are theories: Will’s connection to it has been alluded to since season 1, and many suspect that Eleven might have something to do with its genesis. To avoid it seeming like a cheap plot point, the writers need to provide some clarity on the lore of the Upside Down.

8 Strangr Things Season 5 Is Too Rushed

Stranger Things Eleven and the Upside Down

Most people are aware of the pitfalls that Game of Thrones season 8 suffered, and most viewers of the show would agree that it could have gone on for numerous more years, especially considering the number of loose ends that audiences were left with at the end of season 7. Though it is naturally a virtue to quit while ahead, the Duffer brothers must avoid the mistakes of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Characters need time to evolve and audiences will easily tell if they have been shoehorned into the final positions on the metaphorical chessboard, so there can be no cutting corners in Stranger Things season 5.

7 Stranger Things Season 5 Ignores Dustin’s Grief Over Losing Eddie

Dustin talking to Steve in Stranger Things season 4

Though Dustin Henderson spent much of Stranger Things 2 and 3 side-by-side with Steve Harrington (in what became a much-beloved bromance), season 4 pitted Dustin alongside newcomer Eddie Munson, played by Joseph Quinn. Eddie and Dustin had a lot in common as social outcasts, which meant that the friendship could blossom believably and powerfully. In Eddie’s final moments before his death in Dustin’s arms, the two declared that they loved one another, and Stranger Things must show Dustin’s pain over Eddie’s death. He’s been through a lot, so there can be no holding back with what would be an understandably devastated Dustin.

6 The Old Stranger Things Gang Back Doesn’t Get Back Together

Lucas, Dustin, Mike, And Eleven look off at something frightened

Stranger Things 3 and 4 saw the core group of kids from the first two (Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Will, and Eleven) separated for numerous episodes and various reasons. If Nancy, Johnathan, Steve, Joyce, and Hopper are included in that group, then there have only been a couple of episodes where everyone has been present in the same room. For the sake of catharsis and nostalgia, the writers need to get the band back together one final time as they face off against Vecna – the battle that they have been building towards since they discovered the Upside Down. Thankfully, the Duffer brothers have already hinted that audiences should expect this.

5 There’s No Satisfying Ending For Vecna In Stranger Things Season 5

Stranger Things Vecna Season 4

Speaking of Vecna / Henry Creel / One, there is still plenty that audiences don’t know about the Mind Flayer’s master. Though Vecna’s motivations were well-explained in a 20-minute monologue during season 4 (as well as the story of how he traversed the Upside Down during his first time entering it), the Duffer brothers have dropped a couple of hints that there is still much to reveal about him. Assuming he remains the big bad of Stranger Things during its final season, there needs to be a satisfying conclusion to his story – one that is worthy of a villain capable of such power and evil.

Related: Stranger Things’ Lucas Actor Thinks There Could Be An Upside To Season 5’s Delay

4 Stranger Things Season 5 Doesn’t Have Enough 80s Nostalgia

Eleven and Max in Stranger Things

Stranger Things and nostalgia for the 1980s have gone hand-in-hand since season 1. For those who experienced that decade, the world that the characters inhabit feels lived-in and authentic. This is not least because the writers have done a phenomenal job at scattering 80s Easter eggs throughout the show’s run, something which the generation that grew up in has greatly appreciated. Stranger Things season 5 needs to go full-blown nostalgia (at least in the early episodes), re-introducing the audience to songs they might have forgotten, films unseen in decades, and other 80s hallmarks.

3 Max’s Role Is Reduced In Stranger Things Season 5

Max Mayfield listening to headphones with closed eyes on Stranger Things

There can be no understating the importance of Max Mayfield’s (Sadie Sink) role in Stranger Things season 4, at the end of which she was comatose following her battle with Vecna. The Duffer brothers have promised that Max’s coma will be of great importance in the final season, leaving audiences to speculate as how to this might work. Naturally, Max might still be able to enter the Upside Down even while paralyzed – or else help Eleven to piggyback. Either way, Sadie Sink’s performances in the show have been acclaimed by critics and audiences, who will be desperate to see her keep the screentime that she deserves in the final season.

2 Stranger Things Season 5 Doesn’t Kill Off Anyone From The Original Cast

Stranger things season 4 Steve Harrington death

Though Stranger Things has a knack for introducing popular characters at the beginning of each new season, only to kill them off toward the end, the original cast tends to survive even the most perilous of situations. It’s meant that the writers have not had to make any particularly bold decisions just yet, while audiences have consistently had to suspend their disbelief during moments where minor characters would surely die, but the main characters survive. Stranger Things season 5 needs to be brave and kill off at least one major character from season 1, or else leave audiences with little to no sense of jeopardy.

1 Stranger Things Season 5 Kills Off Too Many Main Characters

Nancy, Steve, Dustin, Robin, Max, and Lucas in Stranger Things season 4

That said, there still needs to be a gut-punch feeling for audiences when one of these mainstay characters dies. Stranger Things has built up a huge sense of comradery between these characters and the audience, so the loss of any one of them would be undoubtedly devastating. If the writers decide to go over the top with this in an attempt to increase the sense of threat to unchartered levels, they put themselves in danger of undoing the emotional response audiences will have to the deaths of characters. Losing one will hurt, but losing numerous of them will leave everyone feeling empty.

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