Stranger Things Season 5 Set Photos Reveal The Upside Down’s Hawkins Takeover After Season 4 Ending

Stranger Things season 5 set photos reveal the Upside Down taking over Hawkins following the end of season 4, which saw this process begin.


  • New set photos for
    Stranger Things
    season 5 show the Upside Down invading Hawkins post-season 4 finale.
  • The images depict eerie red lights and smoke merging realities in the forest.
  • A video reveals trees overrun with Upside Down vines, while another photo shows a possible sighting of Castle Byers.

New set photos from Stranger Things season 5 reveal the Upside Down taking over Hawkins following the final scene of season 4. The season 4 finale saw a massive opening begin to form between Hawkins and its dark alternate dimension, indicating the locations would be combining to some extent.

Now, Stranger Things Spoilers has posted images of the Upside Down leaking into Hawkins during Stranger Things season 5. The images reveal red lights and smoke in the forest, with one showing two figures walking together in the distance. Another features both moonlight and red light, signaling the combination of both realities. A video from Becky Null shows trees coiled with Upside Down vines, while Null‘s other image shows what appears to be Castle Byers.

What Stranger Things’ New Set Photos Say About Season 5

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Since Stranger Things season 4 ended with the Upside Down seemingly starting to creep its way into Hawkins, it’s no surprise season 5 will focus on how to stop both realities from merging. With Vecna having vanished in the finale, he is likely still pulling the strings, intent on crumbling the barrier between both locations. This indicates all the major characters introduced so far will play key roles in stopping him for good.

Since Castle Byers is making a return, it’s likely Will gets a larger role in the final season, tapping into his original disappearance. Given the importance the location held for him, both in and outside the Upside Down, it could be a key part of the group’s war against Vecna. Perhaps there is something special about the fort yet to be explored, possibly unveiling how Will’s connection to the dimension can defeat the show’s antagonist.

It’s also unclear who the figures in the red-lit forest are, and what they could be doing wandering around the woods. Perhaps there is something within Hawkins that can assist the party in defeating Vecna that hasn’t been revealed yet. With these new set photos teasing more about what’s to come, the mystery of what Stranger Things season 5 will entail seems like it will endure as production continues.

Stranger Things
season 5 is expected to arrive on Netflix in 2025.

Source: Stranger Things Spoilers/Twitter; Becky Null/Twitter

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Inspired by 80s pop-culture and elements of Stephen King’s works, Stranger Things is a supernatural action-drama TV series set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. When a young boy goes missing, his group of friends stumbles upon a young girl with telekinetic powers who recently escaped from a mysterious facility. They soon realize that she may be their only chance at stopping an impending doom that threatens to engulf Hawkins whole.

Finn Wolfhard , joe keery , Jamie Campbell Bower , Brett Gelman , Caleb McLaughlin , Maya Hawke , David Harbour , Matthew Modine , Priah Ferguson , Gaten Matarazzo , Winona Ryder , Charlie Heaton , Sadie Sink , Millie Bobby Brown , Joseph Quinn , Dacre Montgomery , Natalia Dyer , Noah Schnapp

Release Date
July 15, 2016


Matt Duffer , Ross Duffer , Paul Dichter , Kate Trefry

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