Netflix won gold in 2016 when the first season of Stranger Things introduced audiences to the fictional city of Hawkins, Indiana, where a group of brave young children struggle with terrible creatures and mysterious government agents who are threatening their city.
The fourth season of Stranger Things was officially given the green light by Netflix, so we'll see more of Eleven, Dustin, Steve, and the rest of the Hawkins gang at some point. Here's everything we know about season four of Stranger Things.
(Note: This post contains season 3 Spoiler, return now if you haven't seen the season yet.)
While Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) have long acted as a kind of supervisory unit for the party, their lives and relationships couldn't be called normal. In an interview with Netflix Queue, the two actors will shed additional light on their characters and their connection in the coming season.
"I think Nancy is lonely," said Dyer. "If Jonathan leaves, who can she identify with? Who's there? I mean, it's the 80s, so you can't just jump on Skype or FaceTime. It's a big break. It feels a bit like the end of an era. But that instinct that Nancy has, that curiosity and determination, I think it's just part of her personality. She won't forget that part of herself. I can really see that it goes even further. "
Heaton later added that Jonathan and Nancy will have a real teenage relationship this season. "Jonathan and Nancy have always been on the same team and both have the same goals," Heaton said. “Both also challenge each other. You can understand what the other person went through. This is the first season in which you see Jonathan and Nancy in a full relationship. You see what it looks like. But you are also in this working environment. What is beginning to show is their social differences. This job means a lot to Jonathan. He is very focused on his responsibility and believes that Nancy doesn't have to work so hard. He can't see what she's going through. They always fought for one thing together in a high-stakes environment. They put them in a real scenario and they start to fight. When the season becomes more supernatural when you fight this monster, put those little arguments aside and eventually fight for each other. "
The delay in production in season 4 of Stranger Things doesn't seem to have affected progress in the writer's room. On June 18, the series' official Twitter account published a photo of the final script for the fourth season of the series.
Stranger Things 4: The Complete Season. # ST4 pic.twitter.com/DAjQFnPVGq
– Foreign writers (@strangerwriters) June 18, 2020
There is still no word on when the season will premiere, but it's a good sign for fans that the script is ready.
Given coronavirus concerns, Netflix suspended production in the U.S. and Canada for two weeks until March 16, according to a deadline report. Yes, this includes the fourth season of Stranger Things. No word yet on how this will affect the release date, if any.
Stranger things have never been particularly conventional, so it makes sense that Netflix advertises the show with less conventional means. Sure enough, Netflix has shown that the fourth season of Stranger Things is officially in production, through an incredibly cryptic and scary video released on YouTube.
At first glance at a read table, we see all familiar faces, including David Harbor, whose Jim Hopper was confirmed alive in a previous teaser for the upcoming season. Deadline also reports that Brett Gelman, who plays journalist / conspiracy theorist / private investigator / Russian translator Murray Bauman, has been promoted to a regular series and is on set for the first episode.
While most of the series has so far developed in Hawkins, season four will take the story far from the city of Indiana to the characters.
Part of the fourth season was filmed in Vilnius, Lithuania, and production ceased in the state capital in mid-February.
Much of the filming took place in the former Lukiškes prison. The series director, Shawn Levy, hinted that the scenes filmed there actually had to do with "the American," the mysterious Russian prisoner mentioned at the end of season three, who has now been confirmed as Jim Hopper (David Harbor) .
In February, Netflix released a new trailer for the fourth season of Stranger Things with a big reveal.
In the trailer, Netflix teased that season 4 will start where season 3 ended: in the remote tundra of the Soviet Union. And they didn't waste time solving last season's cliffhanger by revealing none other than Jim Hopper (David Harbor), who worked with a group of prisoners to build a railroad through the barren region.
Season 4 title
In November, the Stranger Things authors' official Twitter account revealed the title of season four premiere: The Hellfire Club.
looking for new members … are you there? pic.twitter.com/P1xAWNUPss
– Foreign writers (@strangerwriters) November 7, 2019
The announcement sparked a lot of speculation and some debate over the possible connection of the title with the story of Marvel Comics.
Season 4, confirmed
Netflix finally confirmed with a teaser video for season four of Stranger Things (see above), which premiered on September 30th.
The short video shows the Stranger Things 4 logo, which is consumed by dark tendrils, and closes with the ominous slogan "We are no longer in Hawkins". There was no premiere date for the season included in the video.
Another season (or two)
Fans will be happy to know that the creators of Stranger Things, Matt and Ross Duffer, were not going to end the saga with the somewhat melancholy end of season three as our group of heroes traveled in different ways.
In an interview in April 2018, series producer and director Shawn Levy pointed out that the show's creative team had already planned the fourth season and that the history of the series may go beyond this season.
"There is a lot of possibility of an ongoing season (season 4) that has not yet been decided," Levy told Collider. "And what I would just say is part of the chaos and fun of this special show: While the Duffers and the author room and we producers sketch the entire season, the Duffers really use the writing process to rethink, reevaluate and in Question about their previous assumptions. Although we always start with a good grasp of the key arcs of the season, we're always ready for changes and surprises, because if the duffers come across a different or surprising inspiration when rewriting the script, we will follow that inspiration and throw Some ideas to include new, more exciting ideas. "
A possible premiere date
Nothing is official at the moment, but it's worth noting that the premiere dates for each season of Stranger Things have followed a pattern so far.
The first season of Stranger Things premiered in July 2016, while the second season debuted in October 2017. The third season went back to a summer premiere in July. If the show continues with this pattern, the fourth season of Stranger Things is expected to appear on Netflix around Halloween 2020 (or if they want to wait another year, 2021).
Who will return
At the bittersweet end of the third season of Stranger Things, Hawkins' heroes parted ways and went their separate ways after the heartbreaking loss of some key characters. However, it shouldn't come as a big surprise when the cast reunites for the fourth story in the series.
Elf (Millie Bobby Brown) and the rest of the young actors are expected to return for season four, along with Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder), Karen Wheeler (Cara Buono), Murray Bauman (Brett Gelman) and – given his surprise appearance in the final – Dr. Sam Owens (Paul Reiser). Teenagers Jonathan Byer (Charlie Heaton), Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer), Robin Buckley (Maya Hawke) and unsung hero Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) are also expected to repeat their roles.
A post-credits scene that was included in the finale made many believe that "The American" referred to in the scene was the harsh police chief Jim Hopper (David Harbor) after the events of season three Somehow Landed in the Soviet Union The release of the first season four trailer confirmed that "The American" was actually hopper, imprisoned and forced to work on the icy tundra of the Soviet Union.
Put the show on the street
Anyone dealing with Stranger Things isn't sure where the series in Season 4 could lead, but there have been some pointers.
In an interview in July, Matt Duffer suggested that the fourth season story might actually follow the main characters outside of Hawkins.
"I think the biggest thing that will happen is that it opens up a bit, not necessarily in terms of size, in terms of special effects, but in terms of allowing storylines outside of Hawkins," said Duffer Weekly entertainment.
This seems to be in good agreement with the characters' decision to leave Hawkins in the season finale, the post-credits scene in the Soviet Union, and the recently released slogan of season four, "We're no longer in Hawkins".
There is currently no official premiere date for season four of Stranger Things.
Updated July 29, 2020: Added interview with Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton.