One can expect a volley of new faces in the fourth season. It could be due to the death of David Harbour's Jim Hopper.
Don't we all cherish the crazy time we had while watching the impeccable Netflix Original 'Stranger Things'? One after the other, this show has blown away fans' minds with an amazing blend of teenage adventure, epic horror tropes with a touch of the 80s making us nostalgic. After the much-awaited season 3, fans now want to know when can they see the fourth installment, as they are left with millions of questions.
'Stranger Things' is a mindblowing piece of work created by the Duffer Brothers. The show aired for the first time in July 2016, and it didn't take long for it to become one of the best shows on Netflix. Thereafter, the second season was acknowledged as the flagship show of Netflix. After waiting for almost two years, Stranger Things came back with so far its best season, but fans are hoping for more and more and more. So, here is everything we know about the renewal of the fourth installment.
Netflix officially renewed Stranger Things for the fourth season and announced on Valentine’s day 2020 that it was in production.
However, it was later announced in March 2020 that due to the COVID-19 situation, filming was halted. Hira Koda, the show's stunt coordinator revealed to ComicBook.com that they managed to film two episodes of the show before the Coronavirus pandemic caused filming to shut down.
For the showrunners, Matt and Ross Duffer, when they signed the project with Netflix, they barely knew that it would last for more than one season. However, looking at the popularity and everything positive about the first season, they developed a long-term strategy that means they are sorted and done with deciding how and what will be the ending of 'Stranger Things'.
With two episodes in the bag already, season 4 shouldn't be too far away once filming resumes. David Harbour, who plays Hopper, said in an Instagram Q&A that season four was “supposed to come out early next year”, but will “probably be pushed back” because of the virus.
This is bad news, but it gets even worse. During an interview, this month with ComicBook.com, Hiro Koda said that social distancing rules may cause even further delays.
“There’s been lots of discussions and it’s going to be really interesting because the president [Donald Trump] has given us these guidelines for the states to open up in phases,” he said.
“Some of the phases allow companies to open up and be like 25% employees, and then it goes to 40 percent or whatever, and then it kind of increases from there. But with us, as a film production, we have to be 100 percent.”
“All stunts that we do, we’re physically touching each other because we’re fighting, and we’re dealing with the cast and putting them in harnesses and wires and flying them,” he added.
This problem may even elevate another problem; the aging cast members. Netflix reportedly wanted to shoot season 3 and 4 back-to-back due to the fact that the teenage stars will be aging. The show's writer and producers insisted that their growing age and maturity is going to add to the series as their actors grew up. However, with a year or more in between filming the aging problem may become an issue especially with two episodes already filmed. With a gap in filming, the teenagers may sound or even look different in the space of one episode unless the first two episodes are reshot.
But if we try guessing, then we might see the fourth season coming in the Fall or Winter of 2021 (if we're lucky), or even in 2022.
For those who have watched Season 3, one saw all the kids going their own separate ways, however, during a mid-credits scene, it was revealed that the Russians are still conducting experiments with the Upside Down. Therefore, in the fourth installment, we might see the gang huddling up and coming back together as a group. Also, the fourth season will definitely see matters become a lot more complicated by the loss of Eleven's powers, which is going to be hard to reverse as how Mike hopes for. Also, we can be sure about Mind Flayer's plan to continue in advance.
The Upside Down monster has been described as the show's Moriarty figure, who is the mastermind behind everything the kids are destined to go through. According to an interview in 2017, the creators of the show suggested that season 4 might be the end of 'Stranger Things'.
Ahoy! Something is coming... to Hawkins, Indiana! pic.twitter.com/BI4wFRVzvB— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) July 16, 2018
We can expect to see the main adults return including Winona Ryder's Joyce Byers, Natalie Dyer's Nancy Wheeler, and Charlie Heaton's Jonathan Byers. Also, David Harbour is confirmed to return as Hopper. The fourth season will also see the return of Millie Bobby Brown's Eleven, Finn Wolfhard's Mike Wheeler, Gaten Matarazzo's Dustin Henderson, Caleb McLaughlin's Lucas Sinclair, Maya Hawke’s Robin, Joe Keery’s Steve, and Noah Schnapp's Will Byer.