Are you ready to return to the Upside Down next year? Brace yourselves because 'Stranger Things' Season 4 will be the "scariest" season yet.
'Stranger Things' season 4 might still be far away, but Netflix has kept our spirits high by giving us teasers from time to time.
The sci-fi horror series continues to be one of Netflix's biggest aces, even after 3 seasons. The third season was released on July 4, 2019, and was watched by 64 million households during its first month.
Season 3 consists of 8 episodes that ended in a cliffhanger with Hopper's fate in jeopardy. Let us find out all the important details we need to know about the next season.
Release Date: 2022
We are still waiting for Netflix to announce the exact return date for 'Stranger Things' season 4, but we know it's not coming out this year. The production of the fourth season was severely affected by the pandemic. A recent teaser trailer confirmed that 'Stranger Things' season 4 will release in 2022.
In March 2020, David Harbour appeared in an Instagram Q&A and revealed that the new episodes are "supposed to come out early next year" (2021). That didn't happen because the effects of the pandemic on production were far more drastic than expected.
In April 2021, Finn Wolfhard (Mike) revealed on a Fanmio video call that season 4 "should be out sometime next year hopefully" (2022).
Just a week after Wolfhard's statement, Noah Schnapp confirmed that they had returned to filming, adding that the principal photography should be completed "by the summer" and then "the season will be out".
In April 2021, the streamer released a Q1 2021 shareholders' letter confirming big titles that will be arriving in the year. This includes 'The Witcher' season 2, 'You' season 3, and 'Sex Education' season 3, which are set for a late 2021 launch.'Stranger Things' was notably absent among these popular titles.
meanwhile in the upside down... pic.twitter.com/BtPlMjy0pS— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) October 1, 2020
Production for season 4 began in February 2020 but halted in March 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. They finally resumed filming on September 28, 2020, in Georgia and have been spotted in numerous set locations of the series throughout October.
As of July 2021, 'Stranger Things' continues production for season 4 in Georgia and New Mexico.
On August 4, a fire broke out at Netflix's studios in the set where 'Stranger Things' was filming. Luckily, no one was hurt.
A fire broke out at Netflix's studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where 'Stranger Things' was filming its upcoming fourth season. Albuquerque Fire Department public information officer Tom Ruiz told Newsweek that there were no firefighter or civilian injuries to report. pic.twitter.com/UGzgMeC1Z0— Newsweek (@Newsweek) August 4, 2021
As of this update, 'Stranger Things' Season 4 remains under production but might wrap filming soon.
There is no official synopsis yet, but Netflix has already released several teasers which show us what to expect in the new season.
All signs seem to point that the new season will be even darker than the previous ones.
David Harbour said (per Deadline) that Hopper's journey this season will be "painted in a bit of a darker palette," while Joe Keery revealed that season 4 is the "scariest yet."
In July 2021, Harbour toldEntertainment Tonight that season 4 will also finally reveal a "huge" five-year secret regarding his character's history.
"It's so satisfying to have had an idea five years prior, and to go like, 'Oh, this is a season when we're gonna let out this secret that we were using just as a subtle thing to inform something.'
Gaten Matarazzo also said the same thing about the new season, describing it as the "scariest" during an interview in The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Thanks to the teaser trailers released by Netflix, we have already laid down our few pieces of the puzzle. The first teaser released in February 2020 confirmed great news for fans, Hopper is alive! He survived the seemingly catastrophic blast by the end of season 3 and got transported to Russia, where he is held captive. His new environment is both hostile and cold. He will have to face both threats from humans and others. Meanwhile, back in the US, a new horror is waiting to break through the surface.
Another teaser released on May 6 seemed to hint that we will be exploring Eleven's backstory even more in season 4. The teaser also teased the return of Doctor Brenner, although we are uncertain if it was just a flashback or if Brenner is still alive.
There few more teasers/ trailers coming out before the eventual release of season 4. So we are expecting to gather more clues before the fourth season finally premieres.
By the end of season 3, Joyce (Winona Ryder), Will (Noah Schnapp), Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), and Eleven left to hopefully start a new life.
Mike and Nancy are left in town, pondering over their long-distance relationships with Eleven and Jonathan, respectively.
Meanwhile, Max continues to mourn the death of his brother Billy. Beyond each character's drama lies an even bigger threat. The Duffer brothers have been teasing a new horror rising, and we are expecting this to try to pull everyone back to the Upside Down. Also, have the Russians managed to fully tame the Demogorgon? We can't wait to get our questions answered.
The central cast of the series will reprise their roles for season 4. They are:
Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers
Millie Bobby Brown as 'Eleven'/Jane Hopper
Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler
Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson
Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair
Noah Schnapp as Will Byers
Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers
Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield
Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley
Joe Keery as Steve Harington
We've already confirmed that the fan-favorite David Harbour will be returning as Jim Hopper, thanks to the first teaser released.
The second teaser confirmed the return of Matthew Modine as the sinister doctor Martin Brenner.
There have been several cast additions for the upcoming season.
Priah Ferguson has been promoted to series regular in February 2020. So you can expect her to reprise her role as Erica Sinclair in season 4.
In April 2020, Nikola Đuričko was announced to be joining the cast list for season 4.
In July 2020, ComicBook announced that Agents of SHIELD star Joel Stoffer will play a minor role in the new season.
In November 2020, Netflix announced the following cast members for season 4.
Robert Englund as Victor Creel (as seen in Nightmare on Elm Street)
Eduardo Franco, as Argyle described as Jonathan’s new BFF.
Jamie Campbell Bower as Peter Ballard
Sherman Augustus as Lt. Colonel Sullivan
Mason Dye as Jason Carver
Tom Wlaschiha as Dmitri (announce earlier)
Nikola Djuricko as Yuri
Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson
We currently have three teaser trailers. The third one dropped on August 6 and confirmed the 2022 return date of the series through the videos' description.
Take a look at the official teaser videos below. You can count on us to update this space and share the remaining teasers once they are out.
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