Another ’80s icon joins the cast of Stranger things.
Linda Hamilton will be part of the final season of the Netflix hit, the streamer announced on Saturday at the Tudum fan event. Details about the terminator the role of the star is kept quiet for now.
Hamilton appeared at the event via video message and was introduced by her terminator co-star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to announce the renewal of his series FUBAR.
Netflix announced this in February 2022 Stranger things would end with its fifth season. Season four, which premiered in May 2022, became Netflix’s biggest season of an English-language series to date, racking up 1.35 billion hours of viewing in its first 28 days and spending 19 weeks in the top 10 of the streamer rankings.
Stranger things has referred The terminator – though not specifically the role of Hamilton – in his stew of 1980s pop culture callbacks. Season three Soviet assassin Grigori (Andrey Ivchenko) was styled to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s killer cyborg from the film , and Cary Elwes’ character even refers to Grigori as “Arnold Schwarzenegger” at one point.
Hamilton joins other ’80s breakaways Winona Ryder, Cary Elwes, Matthew Modine, Sean Astin, Paul Reiser and Robert Englund by signing up with Stranger things. Season five will likely take at least a year to hit Netflix — and possibly longer than that, depending on how much progress creators Matt and Ross Duffer and their fellow writers had made on scripts before the Writers Guild of America went on strike in May.
Speaking at an event in November 2022, Ross Duffer described the final season as “a highlight of all seasons, so it’s got a little bit of each season, where before each season was different – three, this is our big summer blockbuster season with our big monster; four was the psychological horror. I think we’re trying to go back to the beginning, kind of in the vein of (season) one, but in terms of scale, it’s more like what (season) four is. Hopefully it has a little bit of everything.”
Hamilton returns on Syfy’s resident alien. Other recent credits include TNT’s Claws and that of 2019 Terminator: Dark Fatewhere she reprized her role as Sarah Connor.