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Linda Hamilton to Shake Things Up in Stranger Things Finale: Netflix’s Tudum Surprise

Linda Hamilton Joins 'Stranger Things' Season 5!

A delightful surprise is in store for “Stranger Things” fans! During Netflix’s Tudum fan event, an exciting announcement was made that Linda Hamilton, the famous star of the “Terminator” movies, will be joining the cast of the beloved series for its final season. This news has created a wave of anticipation and speculation among fans, who can’t wait to learn more about Hamilton’s character.

At the event, Hamilton appeared in a video message, and her “Terminator” co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger who was in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to announce the renewal of his series FUBAR, introduced her. This collaboration between two iconic 80s stars promises to be something truly special!

Stranger Things Sets Records, Pays Tribute to Terminator

Netflix announced in February 2022 that the fifth season of “Stranger Things” would be its last. The fourth season, which premiered in May 2022, became a massive hit, breaking records as Netflix’s most-watched season of any English-language series. It garnered a remarkable 1.35 billion hours of viewing in just 28 days and remained in Netflix’s top 10 rankings for 19 weeks.

“Stranger Things” has a knack for honoring 1980s pop culture, including subtle nods to “The Terminator.” Although not directly related to Linda Hamilton’s character, the show introduced a character named Grigori (played by Andrey Ivchenko) in season three, who resembled Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cyborg assassin. Cary Elwes’ character even humorously referred to Grigori as “Arnold Schwarzenegger” at one point. These playful references showcase the series’ admiration for the influential film.

Linda Hamilton Joins Iconic 80s Cast in Stranger Things Finale

Linda Hamilton, known for her role in the 1980s classic “Terminator,” joins the star-studded cast of “Stranger Things” for its final season. Alongside fellow 80s breakout stars Winona Ryder, Cary Elwes, Matthew Modine, Sean Astin, Paul Reiser, and Robert Englund, Hamilton’s addition brings even more excitement to the season.

While the exact release date remains uncertain due to the Writers Guild of America strike, co-creator Ross Duffer has hinted that the season will blend elements from previous seasons, with a return to the tone of the first season while maintaining the scale of the fourth.

Aside from her role in “Stranger Things,” Hamilton has also appeared in other popular shows like “Resident Alien” and “Claws,” and reprised her iconic role as Sarah Connor in “Terminator: Dark Fate” in 2019.