Netflix goes under following release of final two Stranger Things Season 4 episodes

The streaming giant was reportedly inaccessible for a few minutes as fans flocked to watch the last two episodes of Stranger Things Season 4.


Stranger Things Season 4 might not end up beating Squid Game, but it just did what the popular Korean survival drama series couldn't: take down Netflix.

Don't worry, it's safe to watch the last two episodes of Stranger Things Season 4 now.

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The global streaming platform was out for a few minutes on Friday as the final two episodes of Stranger Things Season 4 premiered.

According to Downdetector.com, which monitors the uptime and downtimes of websites, the outage started as soon as Volume 2 of Stranger Things Season 4 went live. Several users also complained around this time that they could not access Netflix. Luckily, the streaming giant resolved the issue within 30 minutes, leaving everyone to watch the season finale of the penultimate season of Stranger Things in peace.

We're curious just how this development will affect the viewing numbers of Stranger Things 4. The latest season of the sci-fi horror series already set a Netflix record for most-watched English-language series. It's also just the second series on Netflix to reach a total of 1 billion hours watched within a month of coming out. We doubt that the two episodes in Season 4 Volume 2 will allow Stranger Things to reach Squid Game's numbers, but we can't just dismiss the possibility.

Episodes 8 and 9 clock in at nearly four hours of total runtime, with the season finale alone running for some 150 minutes. To put that into context, the second-longest MCU film, the 2018 film, Avengers: Infinity War, lasted for 149 minutes.

The success of Stranger Things Season 4 has generated some interesting debates about the release schedule of Netflix. Netflix championed the binge-watch-friendly movement, which see the streamer release a show's entire season in one go as opposed to the usual schedule of weekly releases. However, some argue that this worked best when Netflix was the upstart. Now it's the platform-to-beat, so Netflix might want to switch things up even if it's only for shows like Stranger Things.

After all, shows like Stranger Things tend to lend themselves to complex mythologies that fans love talking about. Leaving a week or so in between episodes will give audiences the time they need to discuss and digest what just happened. 

Most audiences would probably be down for an experimental weekly release of one of Netflix's biggest shows if they're open to it.

Ultimately, there's no incentive for Netflix to change anything. After all, why would Netflix bother fixing something that isn't even broken?

With Stranger Things set to end with its fifth season, it's unlikely that things will change for the series' final season. But, we are curious if Netflix is open to such a change.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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