A New ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 Trailer Just Dropped & Holy Plot Twist
*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
Now that we’ve fully consumed Stranger Things 3, there’s only one thing on our mind: When will the gang return for season four? (Oh, and will Jim Hopper be with them?)
Lucky for us, Netflix just made our day and dropped a brand-new Stranger Things teaser (about time!). 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, but hey, we’ll take what we can get.
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 brand-new 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’?
Unfortunately, the Duffer Brothers previously revealed that Stranger Things will probably be “a four-season thing and then out.” However, executive producer Shawn Levy recently admitted that there might—we repeat, might—be an opportunity for Stranger Things 5.
“The truth is we’re definitely going four seasons and there’s very much the possibility of a fifth,” he told EW. “Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely.”
We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed while we patiently await a release date.