Stranger Things writers release unreadable pixelated photo of Season 5 plot

A grid showing everything that will happen in season five, all completely unreadable.


Stranger Things exploded into our lives earlier this year via what was widely considered its best season yet. That leaves one more season until the Netflix show ends for good, and while there’s a long wait until it airs, the Stranger Things writers have just released the full plot on Twitter for everyone to see.


Well, technically so everyone can see it, but also technically so nobody can see it. The photo is an image of a grid in which the plot of the eight episodes is broken down. However, none of this can be read by anyone other than the lucky few who have access to the actual board and not just the photo. Before posting the image on social media to celebrate the grid’s completion, every last spoiler-filled piece of information was pixelated.

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Before you rush to Google and try to find software that will clean up the photo for you, don’t bother. As Dexerto pointed out, that doesn’t seem like a thing. At least not one thing that would do the job so meticulously that all the details now decided for Stranger Things season five would magically become clear.

Even if nothing about season five can be gleaned from the grid, that won’t stop Stranger Things fans from watching it closely for the next few days. Although most of it is clearly only written, a big black mark at the bottom of episode seven’s column certainly catches the eye. Either that means something big is going to happen in the penultimate episode, or there’s something about this painting that couldn’t be hidden by pixelation alone.

Stranger Things season four was a huge success, re-establishing the series as Netflix’s crown jewel and pushing Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill to No. 1 on the charts. If you’re looking for clues as to what’s to come in season five, it might be worth browsing through some old cast interviews. Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin, predicted the events of season four quite accurately years before it aired.

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