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Stranger Things season 4: Everything you need to know

Stranger Things season 4 is coming!

Note: Contains spoilers for Stranger Things seasons one to three**.**

There are some seriously big questions left hanging following season three’s explosive 77-minute finale, ‘The Battle of Starcourt’. But despair not, friends, the Netflix sci-fi horror will be back for season four, which means all of those loose ends you’ve been losing sleep over will be ironed out, or so we hope anyway.

Join us as we don our brightest ’80s-themed clothing, fire up the electropop and dive into Hawkins, Indiana.

Stranger Things season 4 trailer: Where can I watch the Stranger Things trailer?

You can watch it right here, amigos! Netflix tweeted the first teaser trailer on Friday, February 14, the perfect Valentine’s gift for Stranger Things fans.

THRILL to the snowy wastelands of the Soviet Union!

SHIVER at the icy coldness of a labour camp, where they seem to be building a railway! (Or at least hammering at rails with big mallets as if they were in a quarry, both things suggesting chain-gang conditions.)

GASP at the sight of Hopper (David Harbour) with a shaved head and no moustache!

“From Russia with love…” Reads the caption, just in case you were in any confusion over what was going on here. In a nutshell, at the end of the last season, a Russian voice in a Soviet prison facility with its own demogorgon referred to “The American”, suggesting that Hopper hadn’t been blown to smithereenskis after all.

Now our hopes have been fulfilled – except those of us who were hoping the American would turn out to be Matthew Modine’s Dr Brenner – and Hopper is indeed alive and well-ish in Siberia. Or thereabouts.

There’s more later about what we can expect plot- and cast-wise from season 4. In the meantime…

Stranger Things season 4 release date: When will air?

There isn’t currently an official release date on the table, but there is a chance that the last season could air in October, if the Duffer brothers are following a pattern:


But whether it lands this year or in 2021 remains to be seen. A big “holiday” release – per the US calendar – seems to be the standard. Maybe the Duffers are planning a festive-themed season.

David Harbour spoke to TVLine about the importance of bowing out at the right time.

“We don’t have an open-ended thing like The Walking Dead. There is an end to all these characters,” he said.

“We’re going to give you something fun and then we’re going to get out before we’ve worn out our welcome. We have a specific story that we’re going to tell.”

Still, we shouldn’t be surprised that the Netflix gang want the Duffers to continue for as long as possible. The streaming service relies on its flagship show to bring in new subscribers and keep the ones it’s already got.

But one thing we definitely know is Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) wants season three’s ending to be reversed in season four.

“I was pissed,” Brown said (via The Evening Standard).

“I read the script and I was like, ‘What, how is this even possible? Why are they moving away?'”


The star added: “They were like ‘Didn’t you read episode three?’ And I was like, ‘Oh yeah’. Because Joyce said she wanted to move away from Hawkins.”

The actor also revealed that season three’s ending might foreshadow season four’s wrap up for the people who make it – if it really does end up being the final season.

“I usually am the one who’s crying in every single scene and the kids have to deal with me listening to [sad] music and they’re like, ‘Oh God’.

“I thought, are we all going to go off and listen to music? And then one of the kids was like, ‘Imagine if we have to do this for real one day’. And we were like, ‘What do you mean?’

“And they were like, ‘What if, when Stranger Things is over, we’ll all have to say goodbye to each other and like this is it’.

“And we all started crying and then they rolled camera and said action. And that was it. We all started saying goodbye to each other. We felt too real.”

Brown might not be satisfied with the way season three ended, but Harbour was happy with his fate.

He said (via The Evening Standard): “Well, here’s the thing. I always knew that Hopper had to make a sacrifice.

“Like, he’s a jerk, and he also needs to pay for that in some way.”

Not fatally, though, as it turns out.

“I thought he’d make the sacrifice,” Harbour said. “And then the script came out and – spoiler alert – at the end in this post-credits scene, there’s this thing and it’s ‘The American’, and I thought, ‘Oh, clearly I’m The American’.”

So, what does the next chapter hold?

Stranger Things season 4 cast: Who stars in Stranger things season 4?

The series wouldn’t be the show it is without its colourful, larger-than-life cast, so expect this lot back on your screens once again: Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Will (Noah Schnapp), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Max (Sadie Sink), Steve (Joe Keery), Nancy (Natalia Dyer), Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), Robin (Maya Hawke), Joyce (Winona Ryder), Erica (Priah Ferguson), and Karen (Cara Buono).


Someone else who popped up towards the end of season three was Dr Sam Owens (Paul Reiser), who works for the US Department of Energy and was appointed Director of Operations at Hawkins Lab following the exit of Dr Martin Brenner.

He was previously tasked with investigating the Gate to the Upside Down in a bid to prevent it from causing mass destruction, and he was the one who helped Hopper adopt Eleven.

The fact that he has been reintroduced following yet more Gate related drama, not to mention the growing Soviet threat, suggests that he will play a role in the next instalment.


And speaking of Brenner – the silver-haired research scientist and former head of Hawkins Lab who pushed Eleven too far during their experiments and ultimately caused her to open the Gate – will he also be reintroduced?

He was attacked by the Demogorgon in season one, but we didn’t actually see him die, which feels like a deliberate decision.


There were some big losses in season three. Max’s step-brother Billy (Dacre Montgomery) fell victim to the Mind Flayer. He had been used by the evil creature to carry out its nasty deeds, acting as its host. But in a dramatic twist Billy managed to overcome the MF’s control with the help of Eleven, and sacrificed himself to save Hawkins and all of its inhabitants from destruction.

We feel like nothing’s truly impossible in this show, but we’d be seriously surprised if he was to return.

And we wouldn’t expect to see Mayor Larry Kline (Cary Elwes) again, following his arrest. It feels like that character has fulfilled his purpose.


One Russian character who might make a surprising return in season four is Grigori, the assassin who murdered poor Alexei (RIP). Despite his gruesome death in the season three finale, actor Andrey Ivchenko still wonders if his character will reappear one day.

Speaking to Digital Spy at San Diego Comic-Con, Ivchenko said, “It’s sci-fi, you know, so things can happen. For now, what I know is he’s dead. But who knows?”

While this isn’t likely, the Terminator has been resurrected a bunch of times, and Grigori is very much inspired by this character, so you never know what’s going to happen.

And according to a report in TVLine, the Duffer Brothers want to bring in four new recurring roles: three teenagers and one adult.
Stranger Things season 4 spoilers and plot: What will happen?

Season three wrapped up on an extremely emotional note as Joyce, Will and Jonathan packed up their home in Hawkins and jumped in a removals van with Eleven in tow following Hopper’s apparent death.

We don’t know where they’re going but with a fourth season on the cards, they’ll be back. Whatever obstacles are thrown at them, the gang always finds a way to reunite and save the day.

There’s also one very big change: Eleven has seemingly lost her powers, unable to even lift her teddy bear off the top shelf of her wardrobe. But we’re with Mike. Her psychokinetic abilities will be back. We hope. We think. Right? Guys?!


On second thoughts, maybe we don’t want Eleven’s powers to return if this fan theory is anything to go by.

Reddit user weedmonkey666 theorises that Brown’s character could have been infected by that monster bite on her leg in season three and because of this, the Mind Flayer could turn her against the town of Hawkins: “If Eleven is infected, the Mind Flayer could control her like it did with Billy, Will and the flayed, to eventually destroy her or use her to get more control/spread.”

While that makes sense in theory, the key evidence used to back it up is the fact that a shadow can be seen on Eleven’s head in season three’s final scene. Does it look like the Mind Flayer’s silhouette or is it just a tree? Time will tell.

Then there’s that scene right at the end. While the Gate looked like it had been shut, with another season (or two) to go, surely that’s not the last we’ve seen of it?

The Soviets, despite suffering a colossal setback, are not done yet. They have a Demogorgon in captivity – is that evidence that the Gate hasn’t been properly shut, but simply stalled? Or are Demogorgons able to open their own mini Gates/tears in the fabric of reality?

And we don’t actually know what the Soviets are planning – possibly an army of Demogorgons, perhaps?


The Duffers revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that season four is “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”.

The teaser released on September 30 said: “We’re not in Hawkins any more…”

Our Spidey senses – and that teaser trailer – are telling us more trips to Russia are on the cards.

Ross added: “We don’t want to write ourselves in a corner, so we try to have these early discussions with the writers just to make sure that we’re setting ourselves up to go in the right direction.

“We don’t know a lot, but we do know a lot of the big broad strokes. At the end of season two, we knew about Billy. We knew that the Russians were going to come in. We didn’t know the mall and stuff, but again, we know these big broad strokes. That’s sort of where we are in season four.

“We have the big broad strokes. It’s just now about filling in those lines in the details. 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.”

The writers behind season four have also been active on Twitter, teasing the movies which will influence their writing and direction in the next chapter: “INTRODUCING: Video Store Fridays!

“Every Friday, I will list 5 movies the writers talked about during the week. all of these movies relate in some way or another to season four! you ready or what demonerds?”

Stranger Things seasons 1-3 are now streaming on Netflix.

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