Have you heard? Linda Hamilton joins Stranger Things Season 5! Hamilton, best known as Sarah Connor in The Terminator franchise, has joined the cast of Netflix’s hit sci-fi thriller series for its final season. Her Terminator co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the news at Netflix’s Tudum fan event on Saturday, June 17. He did not reveal any details about Hamilton’s role, such as her character’s name, affiliation, or how many episodes she will appear in.
Hamilton follows other ’80s icons on the show
Stranger Things has featured many iconic ’80s characters throughout its five seasons. Winona Ryder plays Joyce Byers, one of the main characters on the show. Guest stars such as Matthew Modine, Robert Englund, Sean Astin, Cary Elwes, and Paul Reiser have also appeared on the series.
Linda Hamilton’s casting fits well with Stranger Things, which draws heavily from ’80s pop culture and references movies such as The Terminator, The Goonies, and The Princess Bride. She became an action legend after starring in James Cameron’s 1991 classic Terminator 2: Judgment Day, where she reprised her role as Sarah Connor, a fierce warrior and mother who fights against killer robots from the future.
Hamilton will face a new threat: Vecna
Hamilton will need her skills and experience in the upcoming season of Stranger Things 5, as the show prepares to face Vecna, a powerful enemy who wants to merge the Upside Down with the real world. In the previous season, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and her friends faced a nearly destroyed Hawkins, Indiana, and are now gearing up for the final battle.
The Terminator star is a fan of the show herself and joked that she doesn’t “know how to be a fangirl and an actress at the same time.” She also said she was excited to work with the talented cast and crew of Stranger Things.
🚨Breaking News From #TUDUM🚨
Linda Hamilton is joining the cast of Stranger Things 5! pic.twitter.com/qYJMeGS700
— Netflix (@netflix) June 17, 2023
Stranger Things 5 will be the last season of the series
Stranger Things 5 does not have an official release date yet but it is expected to premiere sometime in 2023. It will be the fifth and final season of the series, which has been praised by critics and audiences alike for its blend of horror, mystery, comedy, and nostalgia.
Fans eagerly anticipate Hamilton’s appearance in the Stranger Things universe and hope she will play a heroic role rather than a villainous one. As Schwarzenegger said during the Tudum event, “Hasta la vista, Vecna.”
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