The new episodes may not have started filming yet, but we still have some idea about what to expect in the next chapter of Netflix's world-dominating series.

Creators Matt and Ross Duffer, known as the Duffer Brothers, have already hinted that a time jump is likely to feature, which makes sense considering the young actors' growth spurt

Meanwhile, executive producer Shawn Levy has opened up about not wanting the series to outstay its welcome, suggesting that a bold, satisfying ending is on the horizon

"We don't want to be one of those shows that is flailing while it searches for a way to stick the landing," he said. "We really want to stick the landing."

Season 4 saw our Hawkins heroes face off against Vecna, a powerful enemy who has a complicated history with Eleven and Dr. Martin Brenner.

The battle proved one of their most challenging yet – and will carry over into season 5

And while there's no exact Stranger Things season 5 release date just yet, we can use our knowledge of previous seasons to work out when new episodes could arrive.

Considering how Stranger Things season 5 has yet to start filming, it's safe to assume we've got a little bit of a wait before the next chapter arrives.

. Due to COVID-related shutdowns, season 4 wrapped filming in September 2021 – having originally kicked off production in February 2020

and the first seven episodes were not released until May 2022, eight months after filming finished.