We Finally Have an Update on ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4—& According to the Duffer Brothers, It’s ‘Not the End’
*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
Since the production of Stranger Things’ fourth season was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s only one thing on our mind: When will the gang finally return to the small screen? (Oh, and will Jim Hopper be with them?)
Lucky for us, the Duffer brothers just made our day and gave us an update on the future of the show, including what stage the highly-anticipated season is currently in. Keep reading for everything we know about Stranger Things 4.
1. Is There a ‘Stranger Things 4’ Trailer?
You betcha. Netflix released a new 50-second teaser on February 14 and it’s tense. The clip shows men performing manual labor in the middle of a Russian snowstorm. Officers wield guns and suddenly the camera pans to one man in particular: Jim Hopper (David Harbour). He’s alive, but definitely in a precarious situation. The tagline reads, “From Russia, with love.” Sounds ominous.
2. When Will Season 4 Air?
Unfortunately, Netflix hasn’t yet mentioned when Stranger Things 4 will be available for streaming.
However, creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, recently revealed that they are hoping to resume production this fall. “For the first time, we have all the scripts written and we're able to look at it as a whole piece and make adjustments,” Ross said in a statement, according to E!.
3. How do I watch?
Stranger Things 4 will be exclusively available on Netflix. The streaming service requires a subscription, with prices ranging from $9/month for the Basic package to $16/month for the Premium plan.
4. How many episodes are in season 4?
Similar to Stranger Things 3, many fans expect the forthcoming season to have eight episodes.
5. How does it begin?
While we don’t know the exact story line, the show’s creators—Matt and Ross Duffer (aka the Duffer Brothers)—recently shared a photo on Twitter, featuring the title of the first episode: “Chapter One: The Hellfire Club.” And judging from the new trailer, it looks like at least some of it will be set in Russia.
6. Who’s starring in it?
Most of the original cast is expected to return, including Harbour, Winona Ryder (Joyce), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Noah Schnapp (Will), Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan) and Joe Keery (Steve).
7. What about Chief Hopper?
Stranger Things 3 left us questioning Hopper’s fate, but the trailer definitely confirmed he’s alive and under duress.
In case you need a brief refresher, fans started worrying about his fate in season three when he ventured into the Russian lab beneath the Starcourt Mall. The problem? The lab exploded, leaving Joyce and Eleven to question his survival.
In an interview with People magazine, Harbour revealed that while he doesn’t know what the future holds for his character, he has faith that the Duffer Brothers have something up their sleeve.
“I wish the best for the show no matter what,” he said. “And in terms of my involvement, I love the show, but we’ll have to see what happens moving forward. I don’t really know. The Duffers, I do believe, have a plan, but we’ll have to see what they have in mind.” Lo and behold, they did have more in store for Hopper.
8. What’s the plot?
We have several questions after the season three finale: Like what exactly happened to Hopper? And how did the Russians get their hands on an American hostage…and a Demogorgon? Well, according to Ross Duffer, the new episodes will not only be “very different,” but they’ll also tie up loose ends.
“We have the big broad strokes. It’s just now about filling in those lines in the details,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “We’re pretty excited about where it’s potentially going to go. Again, like we said, it’s going to feel very different than this season. But I think that’s the right thing to do and I think it’ll be exciting.”
9. Will it take place in Hawkins?
At the end of Stranger Things 3, the Byers family—along with Eleven—moved away from Hawkins in search of, well, less drama. Although we don’t know much about the upcoming season, Matt Duffer hinted that it will expand much farther than the small Indiana town (aka Russia).
“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,” he said.
10. What's next after ‘Stranger Things 4’?
The Duffer Brothers previously revealed that Stranger Things will probably be “a four-season thing and then out.” However, they recently stated that the upcoming season will not be the final season like it was previously believed.
“Season four won't be the end,” Ross said in a statement, according to E!. “We know what the end is, and we know when it is. [The pandemic] has given us time to look ahead, figure out what is best for the show. Starting to fill that out gave us a better idea of how long we need to tell that story.”
Don't mind us, we'll just be patiently awaiting a release date.