Stranger Things Season 4 is coming. In September of 2019, Netflix announced Stranger Things would be back for Season 4. The announcement left fans excited for answers to the questions raised by the explosive 77-minute finale of Season 3.
Stranger Things Season 4 Teaser Trailer
The first teaser trailer for Stranger Things Season 4 starts with the title “Stranger Things 4.” Creepie music follows with the title being invaded by “roots” in the rot filled Upside Down and the words “We’re not in Hawkins anymore” being shown on the screen. The trailer ends with chimes of a clock. Here it is…
The title in the teaser may be a hint that the show producers are planning on exploring a new setting while the creepy clock indicates the series will “bend and move through time.” Since Netflix released the teaser trailer it has garnered over 10 million views.
How Much More Stranger Things Are We Getting?
Ross Duffer (who created the show with his brother Matt Duffer) told Vulture, “We think it will be a four-season thing then out.” In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Shawn Levy, the executive producer, said the series would be going “for one more season.”
That’s right, Stranger Things Season 4 will likely be the show’s last. The Duffer brothers broke the hearts of many at Netflix headquarters when they announced they’re ending the show. But, Shawn Levy says, “the truth is we are going four seasons, and there is a likelihood for a fifth season but, beyond that, it is unlikely.”
Stranger Things seasons typically have eight episodes. Season 2 was the only exception to this, with nine episodes. For Season 4, we’re getting the standard eight episode arc. So if Season 4 truly is the last season, we only have eight more Stranger Things episodes to go.
Wait I’m New Here, What Is Stranger Things About Again?
Stranger Things first debuted in 2016. after series creators The Duffer Brothers signed a multiyear series and film deal with Netflix. Stranger Things is set in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s.
The first episode of Season One begins with the disappearance of Will Byers, who is abducted by a creature from another dimension called Upside Down. This is after researchers from the Hawkins National Laboratory open a gate to Upside Down.
While researchers are working for the United States Department of Energy, they are secretly experimenting with the supernatural, which also includes human test subjects.
Upside Down is a creepy alternate dimension, and its influence begins to affect the people of Hawkins. Joyce Byers, played by award-winning actress Winona Ryder, searches for Will with the police chief Jim Hopper. Meanwhile another girl, Eleven, escapes from the lab.
Eleven is psychokinetic and helps Will friends, Lucas, Dustin, and Mike to find Will.
Really though, if you haven’t seen the previous three seasons of Stranger Things you have no business worrying about Stranger Things Season 4. Get busy binging the other three first.
What Will Happen In Stranger Things Season 4?
We expect the Stranger Things Season 4 story will move beyond Hawkins as teased in the trailer. According to Ross Duffer, “it’s going to feel very different in Season Four, and I think it’s the right thing to do.”
In the final episode of Season Three, Joyce Byers (Ryder) together with her sons and Eleven are moving after selling their house. We’re witness to a gutting goodbye with the others. So they’re moving and the show is moving forward, but where to?
Since the Russians were involved in Season Three, the show could include the Chernobyl disaster in the mythology. The Duffers also addressed why there’s an American in the Russian prison. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the co-creators said that the plotline will play a massive role in the Season. “The question of who the American in the cell and what they are doing with the Demogorgon is a tease.”
Fans were left to wonder: Is the American in the cell Police Chief, Jim Hopper?
Some of the wildest theories about where the show is going come from the Stranger Things cast themselves. Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin on Stranger Things, threw this possibility out…
“My favorite theory is that Suzie’s actually a Russian mastermind and spy working with the Russian government. I think it’s so stupid and so funny. I hope that doesn’t play out because that would be weird.”– -Gaten Matarazzo
Matarazzo though, seems to be as in the dark as everyone else,when it comes to what’s planned for Stranger Things Season 4. He tells Variety, “It’s really hard to say because I don’t really know where the characters are going. He’s flapping in the wind at this point.”
The show’s writers have already tweeted the cover photo of Season 4 Episode One script. The title on the script is “Chapter One: The Hellfire Club.” Some fans believe this may be a reference to a plotline from Marvel’s X-Men comics, involving a club of mutants called The Hellfire Club. That connection, however, seems unlikely.
looking for new members… are you in? pic.twitter.com/P1xAWNUPss— merry stranger writers 🎄 (@strangerwriters) November 7, 2019
The term Hellfire Club didn’t originate with the X-Men. The Hellfire Club was a real group of exclusive high-society men living in 18th century Britain and Ireland. Some believe the “Hellfire Club” title could be a hint that for Season 4, Stranger Things will head overseas to Great Britain.
When Will The New Season Be Ready To Binge?
Production on Stranger Things Season 4 began in October of 2019 but there is no specific release date for the new episodes yet. Looking back at the previous seasons, there were 15 months between the end of Season 1 and the release of Season Two.
Between Season Two and Season Three, there were 20 months. Using the information above, we can estimate that fans of Stranger Things will see the fourth season in 2021.
The Stranger Things Season 4 Cast
We expect the main cast to return for Stranger Things Season 4. That includes:
- Noah Schnapp as Will Byers
- Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson
- Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers
- Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler
- Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven
- Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair
- Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler
- Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers
- Hoe Keery as Steve Harrington
- Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield
- Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler
- Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair
In Season Three, there were casualties. Billie, played by Darce Montgomery, is dead but may return as part of a cameo. Four new male characters will join the cast, according to TVLine. Those four characters include three teens and one adult.
While the show would not confirm the news, TVLine reports that the teens include a stoner character, a jock, and a metalhead. There is no news on what role or characteristics the adult will have. But since Season 4 may be set far away from Hawkins, he could be Russian.
Speaking of Russia, we are not sure if Chief Jim Hopper, played by David Harbour, will return. Also, we do not know if the series will reveal how the Russians were able to detain a Demogorgon.
Check back here regularly for updates as we wait together for the arrival of Stranger Things Season 4. Stranger Things Season One, Two, and Three are streaming right now on Netflix.