Stranger Things season 4 is happening! Netflix renewed the series just three months after the premiere of the third season. This isn’t a surprise. Not only does Netflix obviously want to keep the Stranger Things franchise going, but so do The Duffer Brothers and all the other folks who actually make Stranger Things. Otherwise, why keep the hopes of Jim Hopper’s survival alive and reintroduce the Demogorgon into the world? The Duffers themselves have previously stated that they had a fourth season tentatively planned.
Here is everything we know about Stranger Things season 4.
Stranger Things Season 4 Release Date
No release date has been set, and it’s hard to say when Stranger Things season 4 could premiere. The first two seasons were October affairs with season 3 taking a bit more time and eventually premiering on July 4, 2019.
A TV Line report on the number of Season 4 episodes also confirms that shooting was initially set to commence in January, likely wrapping in August, but this was before production was shut down due to the coronavirus. As of October 2020, production has begun on the season once again in Atlanta.
Stranger Things Season 4 Cast
It’s no secret that Stranger Things‘ most potent weapon is its cast. It’s fair to assume that all surviving characters will be back in season 4, which means roles for: Winona Ryder, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Gaten Matarazzo, Joe Keery, Noah Schnapp, and Sadie Sink. Recurring actors and new additions like Priah Ferguson, Maya Hawke, and maybe even Cary Elwes could return as well.
One actor who will be upped to a regular role for the new season is Brett Gelman. His character, Murray Bauman, a journalist-turned-conspiracy theorist, played a major role in the last two seasons and will continue to do so in Stranger Things season 4.
Netflix also treated fans to a behind-the-scenes table read as filming began in Atlanta. Watch it below…
And as you might have guessed, there’s no way there will be a Stranger Things season without David Harbour! Based on the Stranger Things season 3 post-credits scene,and the first teaser (which you can view below) we know that Harbour will return with the rest of the cast as well.
Harbour also confirmed as much in an interview with Total Film, comparing his character’s resurrection to Gandalf’s:
“I’ve had those discussions [about Hopper’s resurrection] with them from the very first season. We were always interested in that idea of the Gandalf resurrection – Gandalf the Grey who fights the Balrog and then becomes Gandalf the White. It’s the idea of the resurrection of the character. And mythologically, Hopper, in a sense, had to change. I mean, you couldn’t go on the way he was going on. He has to resurrect in some way. So, it was a great opportunity to do that. So, we’ll see a very different guy going forwards. The same guy but in a different vein. It’s a very cool thing to be able to play.”
Strangers Things Season 4 Trailer
The newest Stranger Things season 4 clip harkens back to Eleven’s time in the secret CIA facility with Dr. Brenner.
Check out this ominous first teaser trailer below!
Stranger Things Season 4 Episodes
Stranger Things Season 4 will contain eight episodes. This number falls in line with Seasons 1 and 3, with 2 being the only deviation with nine episodes.
The Stranger Things Writers Twitter account revealed the title of the first episode of Stranger Things season 4. According to the title page of the 401 script, the season 4 premiere will be titled “The Hellfire Club.”
“Hellfire Club” was a name that could be applied to several exclusive and powerful clubs that populated British high society in the 1700s. It was kind of like a Revolutionary era version of the Illuminati…only real. The Hellfire Club has appeared in numerous fictional works, most notably lending its name to a villainous group in the Marvel X-Men comics. It remains to be seen what kind of connection The Hellfire Club will have with Stranger Things season 4 though it does seem to confirm that this season will have more of an international flair.
Stranger Things Season 4 Story Details
Netflix made the Stranger Things Season 4 announcement back in September on Twitter with a very creepy little promo that teases the dark things coming to the show in season 4. The video also confirms that we’ll be venturing away from Hawkins when the show does return. Watch the teaser below:
Immediately following the release of Stranger Things season 3 back in July 2019, the Duffer Brothers spoke to EW about their plans for a potential season 4. Ross Duffer said:
“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.”
Matt added that season 4 would “open up a little bit” by “allowing portals into areas outside of Hawkins.”
Sounds like Stranger Things season 4 could be a global affair.