Netflix previously announced that the penultimate season of “Stranger Things” will be split across two separate volumes, but what exactly does that mean?

We already know that “Stranger Things 4” is set to be massive in scope, with episodes running longer than before. We also know that it’s coming to Netflix on May 27, 2022 with “Volume I” of the brand new season. Volume II of “Stranger Things 4” will then arrive on Netflix on July 1.

With the fourth season running nine episodes long, it begged the question of how the streaming service would split them across two volumes.

One week from Volume I’s release, Netflix has revealed that:

  • Episode 401-407 will be Volume 1, launching May 27, 2022

  • Episode 408/409 will be Volume II, launching July 1, 2022

Yes, the first Volume of “Stranger Things 4” contains the bulk of the season, while “Volume II” has just two episodes in it. We have confirmed this information with Netflix this week.

In total, the season is OVER FIVE HOURS LONGER than any previous season!

For more on what kind of horror we can expect in the upcoming season, read our interview with the “Stranger Things 4” cast.

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Here’s the official plot synopsis for Season 4…

“It’s been six months since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins. Struggling with the aftermath, our group of friends are separated for the first time – and navigating the complexities of high school hasn’t made things any easier.

“In this most vulnerable time, a new and horrifying supernatural threat surfaces, presenting a gruesome mystery that, if solved, might finally put an end to the horrors of the Upside Down.”

The new season’s cast includes Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), David Harbour (Jim Hopper), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), Maya Hawke (Robin Buckley), Priah Ferguson (Erica Sinclair), Brett Gelman (Murray), Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler) with Matthew Modine (Dr. Brenner) and Paul Reiser (Dr. Owens).

Additional cast members include Jamie Campbell Bower (Peter Ballard), Joseph Quinn (Eddie Munson), Eduardo Franco (Argyle), Sherman Augustus (Lt. Colonel Sullivan), Mason Dye (Jason Carver), Nikola Djuricko (Yuri), Tom Wlaschiha (Dmitri), Myles Truitt (Patrick), Regina Ting Chen (Ms. Kelly), Grace Van Dien (Chrissy),Logan Riley Bruner (Fred Benson), Logan Allen (Jake), Elodie Grace Orkin (Angela), John Reynolds (Officer Callahan), Rob Morgan (Chief Powell), Amybeth McNulty (Vickie) and Robert Englund (Victor Creel).

The Duffer Brothers (401, 402, 407, 408, 409), Shawn Levy (403, 404), and Nimród Antal (405, 406) are the credited directors for the new batch of episodes in “Stranger Things 4.”

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