The first 8 minutes of Stranger Things 4 are revealed, along with episode count

Stranger Things Season 4 episode counts are revealed one week before the show returns for its fourth season on Netflix.

Volume 1 will contain seven of the nine episodes. Volume 2 will include the remaining two episodes.

Compared with previous seasons, the episodes are much longer, with Episode 7 lasting 98 minutes and most lasting 75 minutes.  

Netflix's fan website Tudum confirmed Friday morning that Episode 8 will run 85 minutes 

while the season finale will run around two and a half hours. Compared to the previous three seasons, this season will be almost five hours longer.

Earlier this year, series creators Matt and Ross Duffer announced on the Netflix website that the seasons would be divided into two parts. 

They said the decision was based on the season's length, which is twice as long as any previous season. 

The split was also viewed as a way to provide fans with new episodes as soon as possible after a pandemic-related delay caused a nearly three-year gap between seasons.

Season 4 will be released in two parts due to its unusual length. Volume One will be available on May 27, followed by Volume Two five days later.