Stranger Things 3 has left some big questions unanswered. Luckily for fans, a fourth season is underway and already in production. Netflix has already released a teaser for it, too. The details remain slim for now, but we’ve gathered everything we know about Stranger Things 4 so far.
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Netflix has confirmed that a fourth season is happening.
After months of speculation, the streaming giant confirmed Stranger Things 4 with a teaser that shows the number four in the series’ iconic neon lettering, placed somewhere in the Upside Down.
Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) said while sharing the clip in an Instagram post, “We’re not in Hawkins anymore,” referencing the small Indiana town where the events in Stranger Things take place. The series seems to move beyond Hawkins’s borders, especially since Season 3 ended with Eleven and the Byers family moving out of town, follows by post-credits scene in Russia, according to Entertainment Weekly. Showrunner Matt Duffer had also told the outlet he wanted to “open up” the story “into areas outside of Hawkins.”
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In the past few years, the Stranger Things creative team has dropped hints that the series would continue for more than three seasons. Shawn Levy conclusively told Collider in April 2018, “I mean I will say we have a good sense of stuff that happens in Season 4. Season 4 is definitely happening.” However, those storylines have not yet been revealed.
As of right now, no premiere date has been announced, but we do know that Hopper is back. (Keep scrolling.)
It’s unclear if this will be the last season.
Levy told Collider that there’s “very much the possibility” of the show going for more than four seasons, but “that’s currently undecided.”
He also told Entertainment Weekly in 2017, “The truth is we’re definitely going four seasons and there’s very much the possibility of a fifth. Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely.”
However, showrunner Ross Duffer is ready for the next season to be the show’s last. He told Vulture in 2017, “We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out.” He was concerned that the story would grow to be too much for our beloved characters in Hawkins, Indiana. “I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year,” he said. “They’re going to have to get the fuck out of this town!”
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The Duffer Brothers are still on board.
In February 2018, rumours circulated that Matt and Ross Duffer would no longer be involved in Stranger Things “in a showrunner capacity” after Season 3, but Netflix quickly shut that gossip down.
“Don’t drop your Eggos. Rumours that the Duffer Bros are leaving Stranger Things after Season 3 are false,” the company tweeted.
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Don't drop your Eggos. Rumors that the Duffer Bros are leaving Stranger Things after season 3 are false. pic.twitter.com/x4kbL9990e
— Netflix (@netflix) February 20, 2018
The story will move outside of Hawkins.
The Duffer Brothers told Entertainment Weekly that they want to take the story beyond Hawkins for Season 4. “I think the biggest thing that’s going to happen is it’s going to open up a little bit, not necessarily in terms of scale, in terms of special effects, but open up in terms of allowing plotlines into areas outside of Hawkins,” Matt Duffer told EW. His brother, Ross Duffer, also confirmed that the show would explore what was revealed in the Season 3 post-credits sequence: particularly, what the Russians are doing with a Demogorgon, and the identity of “the American” in the cell.
Caleb McLaughlin wants another dramatic arc for Lucas.
The man behind Lucas refused to confirm to Entertainment Weekly whether Season 4 of the show is even happening, but he did reveal he wants more “clutch” moments in future seasons, like Lucas’s pivotal use of the slingshot in Season 3. He also revealed he’d like to see Lucas’s relationship with Max (Sadie Sink) evolve.
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Maya Hawke wants to see Robin in the video store.
At the end of Season 3, Robin (Maya Hawke) secured a job at the local movie rental store. In an interview with Consequence of Sound, Hawke said she wants to see her character’s new job play out. “So many of the great minds of the ‘80s and ‘80s filmmakers and creatives started out working in video stores, and as far as I know, that environment hasn’t really been explored on TV,” she said.
Hopper is alive!
After last season’s cliffhanger, the first teaser for Season 4 confirms that Hopper isn’t gone—but he doesn’t seem completely safe, either. He’s a prisoner in Kamchatka, Russia, according to a description from Netflix. The footage shows him in a snowy landscape building a railroad with other prisoners under the strict watch of armed guards. His mop of hair and moustache are gone too.
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A “buried” threat will surface.
According to a statement from Netflix, Hopper will “face dangers both human…and other.” But back in the U.S., “a new horror is beginning to surface, something long buried, something that connects everything….”
The statement adds, “Season 4 is shaping up to be the biggest and most frightening season yet, and we cannot wait for everyone to see more. In the meantime — pray for the American.”
The Season 4 table read has already happened.
In March 2020, Netflix released a behind-the-scenes video of the cast’s Season 4 table read in Atlanta. The sweet retro-filtered footage showed all of the stars reuniting to go through the script for the first time together.
Familiar faces include: Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo), Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Priah Ferguson (Erica Sinclair), David Harbour (Jim Hopper), Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), Cara Buono (Mrs. Wheeler), and Brett Gelman (Murray Bauman). Maya Hawke‘s (Robin Buckley) name also appeared on a name plate in the video, confirming her return for the upcoming season.
Coronavirus halted production.
The coronavirus pandemic stopped production on a plethora of TV shows and movies, including Stranger Things 4. However, as lockdown begins to ease in some locations around the world, it’s being reported that the Netflix hit could go back into production as early as September 2020. The Hollywood Reporter revealed, “Sources say the cast of [Stranger Things] was told Season 4 production would tentatively start back up again on September 17,” with filming set to take place in Georgia.
New roles are being cast in quarantine.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, actor Joel Stoffer revealed that he would be joining the cast of Stranger Things 4. The star has previously been seen in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Stoffer told the site, “I’ve got a role that we haven’t shot yet on Stranger Things… I don’t expect it to become anything like long term, but it’ll be coming up. They contact me and I’ll go to Georgia, to Atlanta, and shoot it when they get back up and running. ‘Cause they’ve been obviously shut down for a while.”
As for who he might be playing, Stoffer didn’t provide many details. The actor explained, “I literally do not know anything… It was cast during quarantine a couple of months ago and I was sent the pages of my scene and that was it. And I didn’t know any of the actors or… I didn’t recognise any names in my scene. So, I don’t even know if I have additional scenes beyond that one scene. I expect that I do, but I really don’t know.”
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Nine episodes have been written.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, cast member Natalia Dyer, who plays Nancy Wheeler, revealed that the pandemic has actually given the writers more time than usual to work on the show. In fact, only eight episodes were expected for Season 4, but it seems that a ninth script has been completed during quarantine.
Dyer explained, “Normally, we get the first few scripts, and then they have to keep writing due to the schedule of it. And it takes a while to craft a script. So, normally, there’s a kind of ‘writing as we’re going,’ but it seems they’ve had enough time. I think it’s maybe been a blessing for the writers, in some way, because they had the time to just sit down, think and create.”
In June, the writers of Strangers Things shared a photo of a stack of scripts on Twitter and revealed, “Stranger Things 4: the complete season. #ST4.” With the writing in the can, fans can rest assured that an exciting season is on its way.
— stranger writers (@strangerwriters) June 18, 2020
Watch this space for more updates on Stranger Things 4.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.