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The Margin: ‘Stranger Things’ season four ends with a 2.5-hour season finale

“Stranger Things” fans are about to embark on their longest curiosity voyage yet. 

The fourth season of the hit Netflix

supernatural coming-of-age series steeped in nostalgia clocks in at roughly 13 hours across nine episodes, which is almost five hours longer than its previous three seasons ran. And the ninth and final episode of the season is a roughly feature-length 2.5 hours long. 

Tudum, the official Netflix companion site, released the episode breakdown and episode lengths on Friday, the week before the first part, or “volume,” of “Stranger Things” season four is released. “Volume 1” hitting on Memorial Day weekend comprises the bulk of the season, with most of the seven episodes running for 75 minutes on average. But the seventh will span 98 minutes. 

Then the final two episodes making up “Volume 2” will be released July 1. Episode eight will run 85 minutes long, and the season finale will approach a hefty 2.5 hours. (In comparison, the latest Marvel movie ”Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is just over two hours long.)  

Series creators Matt and Ross Duffer explained in an open letter to fans in February that season four is “bigger than ever” with a runtime almost twice the length of previous seasons. 

They said it took more than 800 pages of scripts, thousands of visual effects shots and almost two years of filming to create the fourth season, which will be the penultimate season of “Stranger Things.” People close to the show told The Wall Street Journal that the new season cost $30 million per episode.

“It’s also the beginning of the end,” the Duffer brothers added, revealing that the future fifth season of “Stranger Things” will be its last. 

“We hope you stay with us as we finish this tale of a powerful girl named Eleven and her brave friends, of a broken police chief and a ferocious mom, of a small town called Hawkins and an alternate dimension known only as the Upside Down,” they wrote. 

Fans also got a sneak peek of the first eight minutes of the new season on Friday. Watch it here: 

The “Stranger Things” buzz is better news than Netflix has seen of late. The company recently disclosed that it lost subscribers for the first time in more than a decade, and revenue grew at its slowest pace. This is leading to plans for the streaming giant to start sprinkling in ads and charging for password sharing on its service for the first time.

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