Linda Hamilton Dives Into Upside Down In ‘Stranger Things’ Season 5

Linda Hamilton, renowned for her role in the Terminator film series, is set to make her debut in the fifth season of Stranger Things.

The news of Hamilton’s participation was officially announced during Netflix’s 2023 global TUDUM fan event, streamed live from São Paulo, Brazil.

While specifics regarding Hamilton’s character remain under wraps, her inclusion adds to the lineup of celebrated 80’s sci-fi figures appearing in the popular Netflix series. With her entry, fans can anticipate even more thrilling moments in the upcoming season of Stranger Things.

Linda Hamilton is acclaimed for her iconic portrayal of Sarah Connor in the Terminator film series. She starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the groundbreaking 1984 original and reprised her role in the sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, in 1991. She also lent her voice to Terminator Salvation in 2009. Delighting fans, Hamilton made a triumphant return to her signature role in Terminator: Dark Fate in 2019.

Additionally, Hamilton is recognizable for her memorable roles in the television series Beauty and the Beast which aired from 1987 to 1990. Her stellar performance in this role garnered widespread praise, leading to her nomination for two Golden Globe awards and an Emmy award.

Hamilton joins a roster of esteemed ’80s stars who have graced the world of Stranger Things. This list includes the likes of Winona Ryder, Sean Astin, Paul Reiser, Matthew Modine, Cary Elwes, and Robert Englund.

Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Dark Fate (2019).

February 2022 brought the bittersweet announcement that the upcoming fifth season of Stranger Things would serve as the series finale. As of now, there’s no premiere date set for the fifth season, nor has the production process begun.

Even though the core series is drawing to a close, Netflix and the Duffer Brothers are already strategizing ways to expand the beloved universe into a more expansive franchise. An animated series is the most recent project to receive the green light.

Netflix has also revealed plans for a stage play, coinciding with the formation of the Duffer Brothers’ Upside Down Pictures as part of a new overall deal with Netflix. The stage show, slated for a debut in London’s West End, is set to transport audiences to Hawkins in 1959.

The first four seasons of Stranger Things are currently streaming on Netflix.