Looking forward to season 4 of Netflix’s now cult science fiction series, Stranger Things? You’ve come to the right place, as this dossier aims to provide you with as much information as possible about it. If you haven’t seen the first three seasons yet, beware: this dossier includes many spoilers!
Season 4 of Stranger Things is approaching! New episodes of the Netflix fantasy series will soon be released and a first teaser has even been aired recently. While waiting for the streaming site to announce the airing date, we’re taking stock of everything we already know about this season 4, the rumors, the story, the casting and all the expectations from the fans.
- What is the release date for season 4 of Strangers Things?
- What happens in seasons 1, 2 and 3 of Stranger Things?
- What’s the plot for season 4 of The Stranger Things?
- Is Jim Hopper really dead?
- Which actors are renewed for season 4 of Stranger Things?
- Where will Stranger Things season 4 take place ?
- How many episodes are planned for Season 4?
- Will Season 4 be the last of Stranger Things?
- In need of Stranger Things while waiting for season 4?
What is the release date for season 4 of Strangers Things?
No release date has been announced yet. The shooting of season 4 of Strangers Things has unfortunately not been spared by the COVID-19 pandemic. Shooting had indeed started on January 7, 2020, with an expected end in early August, until the health crisis halted international television and film production. Only two episodes could be filmed. However, according to the latest information available, the Duffer brothers’ science fiction series should not be long in resuming, since an official trailer showing what happened to Hopper at the end of the events of season 3 was recently revealed by Netflix.
However, based on the release dates of previous seasons (winter for season 1, fall for season 2, summer for season 3), it is likely to be released in the spring and also during a school vacation period. Given that there is usually a one to two year delay between seasons, a release date in the spring of 2021 (or mid-2021 due to filming delays), seems quite plausible.
On the other hand, and according to many sources, the resumption of the production of season 4 of Stranger Things would be expected around September 17, 2020. Bobby Brown (Eleven) made this point during an episode of The Tonight Show, with Jimmy Fallon: “The team has already shot two weeks in Lithuania… We were about to start shooting, but for the safety, well-being and health of all, obviously, production has stopped,” she said. “But we are ready to go back to work as soon as everything is finished. But we’re ready to go back to work as soon as it’s all over,” she said.
What happens in seasons 1, 2 and 3 of Stranger Things?
Let’s start at the beginning: for those who would like to read a recap of the previous episodes, Stranger Things is a science fiction series by Netflix that takes place in 1983 in Hawkins, a small, quiet town in Roane County, Indiana, USA. The first season revolves around the mysterious disappearance of the young Will Buyers, after an evening spent with his friends Dustin, Lucas, and Mike. While searching for him, the three boys meet Eleven (Eleven), a strange young girl. The chief of the police force of the city Jim Hopper decides to investigate and suspects the Hawkins National Laboratory, which he thinks is involved in the appearance of many mysteries and other supernatural phenomena.
Beware, spoilers. The second season takes place in the fall, one year after the turbulent return of Will Byers. The story continues: the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still afraid of Demogorgon and the secrets of the Laboratory. Eleven is missing, and Mike is still looking for her. Because of his passage in Upside Down, the other world, Will is no longer the same, constantly invaded by terrible visions. A sinister entity always threatens those who have survived.
Season 3, the last season broadcast to date, takes place once again one year after the events of season 2. We are therefore in 1985, still in Hawkins, this time in the middle of summer. The school year is over and the town is home to a brand new shopping mall… Which will be one of the key points of this season. Whether it’s Will, Mike, Eleven, Dustin or Lucas, the whole gang has grown and evolved, each in their own way. Teenage issues take hold, with them the first love stories and other romances. But during this time, danger lurks: they will have to unite to face an increasingly strong enemy.
What’s the plot for season 4 of The Stranger Things?
It probably won’t have escaped you, The Stranger Things series has been responsible for a myriad of theories on the Internet since the release of the very first season on July 15, 2016. It is well known today that Stranger Things has often been inspired by fictional works, such as certain stories by Stephen King, or other references to pop culture, such as the medieval fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. A closer look also reveals that the series was inspired by real events, such as Project MK-Ultra, an illegal secret CIA project from the 1950s to the 1970s that aimed to develop mental manipulation techniques. Between a science-fiction genre that leaves room for imagination and a story set in the 1980s, the writers of the series have plenty to do.
And let’s talk about the 1980s. Wouldn’t the fall of the communist regimes in Europe have taken place in 1989, after more than forty years of cold war between the United States and Russia? And wouldn’t season 3 of Stranger Things have taken place in 1985, showing Russians trying to hide an experimental machine? Isn’t the prison where Jim Hopper seems to be in the post-generic scene a Russian prison? You begin to see where the theories for season 4 are going. Assuming that Season 4 follows “the pattern” of previous seasons and also takes place a year later, in 1986, it could easily be linked to the worst nuclear catastrophe in history: Chernobyl.
It is therefore quite possible that the other world is directly related to the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, a major nuclear accident that occurred on April 26, 1986 (here, in the spring, as if by chance!) at the V.I Lenin nuclear power plant in Pripyat, USSR. Wouldn’t it be possible that the Russians could blow up the fourth reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in an attempt to make a new experiment, as in season 3? Imagine for five seconds the effects of radioactive contamination on creatures like the Mental Flagellation. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5… Especially since the latter is still stuck in the other world.
However, the truth of this theory is not yet confirmed. Similarly, season 3 of Strangers Things was released, as a reminder, just over a month after Craig Mazin’s excellent miniseries Chernobyl, which plunged the audience into the horror and tragedy of this event. Let’s just say that the close release of these two series had, at the time, helped fans make the connection between the Chernobyl event and the possible scenario of season 4 of Stranger Things.
But while no plot has yet been confirmed for Season 4, Matarrazo (Dustin) expressed himself in an interview for Vanity about the future of the series, current theories, and the possible content of Season 4: “All the the theories are interesting, but my favorite is the one that says Suzy is actually a spy working for the Russian government. I find it so stupid, and yet so funny. I just hope it won’t really be the case, because that would be really weird! ».
Is Jim Hopper really dead?
In a post-generic sequence from season 3, we discover Soviet soldiers in what appears to be a Russian prison talking about an “American”. Except that Jim Hopper was called that way by Grigori, hinting that our favorite sheriff would still be alive.
The video of the season 4 teaser of Stranger Things – which lasts a little less than a minute – says a lot about the rest of the series, and especially about the sad fate of Jim Hopper. Because yes, you read correctly: Hopper is confirmed alive, and is indeed locked up in a Russian prison. The plot of season 4 and its official release date are for the moment well kept under seal by the American SVOD service.
Which actors are renewed for season 4 of Stranger Things?
A good part of the actors of the series will a priori be present in season 4, even if things can evolve between now and the release and that nothing is for the moment completely official at 100%. “Hop [Hopper] told us to leave the door open 3 inches … you’re welcome” we read on a Tweet published on March 3, 2020 by the official Twitter account of the series, in a very nice video and shot in the old fashioned way, where we see a good part of the cast. So far, the presence of these actors has been confirmed :
- Noah Schnapp (Will),
- Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven),
- Finn Wolfhard (Mike)
- Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin)
- Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas)
- Erica (Priah Ferguson)
- Joyce (Winona Ryder)
- Sadie Sink (Max)
- Joe Keery (Steve)
- Natalia Dyer (Nancy)
- Charlie Heaton (Jonathan)
- Maya Hawke (Robin)
- And of course from David Harbour (Hopper), who was seen working on a railway in Russia in a Netflix Ireland tweet.
We also know that Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H’ghar in Game of Thrones) will appear in season 4, as well as Joel Stoffer, one of the actors of Agents of SHIELD.
Beware, spoilers. Of course, we don’t expect to see Dacre Montgomery (Billy), Alec Utgoff (Alexei) or Shannon Purser (Barbara Holland) again. The November 1983 Demogorgon should not make a repeat appearance either, unless the writers think otherwise, of course.
Where will Stranger Things season 4 take place ?
We do not yet know exactly where the action will take place in season 4 of Stranger Things, although some information has already appeared on the web. What we do know is that Matt Duffer (Ross Duffer’s brother, the Dufflers being the writers and creators of the series) had this to say about the locations in an interview with Entertainment Weekly: “I think the biggest thing that’s going to happen [for season 4] is that things are going to open up a little bit. Not necessarily in terms of scale per se, not necessarily in terms of special effects, but in terms of allowing the plot to come out in other areas outside of Hawkins. A quote from one of the fathers of the series, who promised an opening (geographical, you will have understood) for the continuation of the events. We know for example that part of the shooting has already taken place in Vilnius, Lithuania, according to Millie Bobby Brown and a leaky video from the Twitter StrangerThings Spoiler. A mysterious tweet from the official account of the series later confirmed this possibility in September 2019: “we are no longer in Hawkins,” it read over a (microscopic) teaser.
The working title used for the shooting of season 4 is “TARECO” (we asked around, it’s a Brazilian cookie from the Northeast region). At the Hot Spots: New Mexico conference (a new conference highlighting locations outside of Hollywood), Netflix VP of Production Patty Whitcher and Momita SenGupta had this to say about potential locations: “Season 4 is bigger, bolder and more complex than ever. This is the first time the series will travel beyond Atlanta. To the question “can we expect scenes to be shot in Russia? “SenGrupta humorously replied, “If I answered that, I would disappear into a witness protection program. She did, however, unveil a new state-of-the-art Netflix facility in New Mexico that would have “made history” for Season 4, without further details.
Part of the story is expected to take place in Hawkins, however, as Atlanta Magazine reports that the first filming will take place in Stockbridge and at the Patrick Henry Adult Education Center in Atlanta on March 4. Other surrounding locations were also used for filming, such as a private liberal arts college in Mount Berry, also in Atlanta, Georgia. Between March 13 and 14, 2020, the series also reportedly set up a base camp near a Costco Wholesale on Fischer Road outside Peachtree City.
How many episodes are planned for Season 4?
According to TVLine, not 8, but 9 episodes are actually planned for season 4, as for season 2. According to Michael Ausellio, an often well-informed American journalist, author and actor, this possible 9th episode would be centered around the “origins” of a single character: “I have also heard that one of the fans’ favorite characters will have his story, his origins, told in one, or more, of these nine episodes” he had expressed on TVLine, on February 6, 2020. Who it will be, we’ll see!
Furthermore, according to the website We Got This Covered: “Netflix will most likely cut season 4 of Stranger Things into two parts […] The second part, we were told, could be marketed as season 5, except that it will actually be the second half of season 4. It will continue the same scenario”. The story of season 4 should therefore extend into season 5.
Will Season 4 be the last of Stranger Things?
We still don’t know if season 5 of Stranger Things will be the last, or not, or even if it will exist at all. In fact, even the Duffer brothers don’t know it (yet). Here’s what Ross, one of the brothers, said in an interview with Enews about a possible Season 5: “We really don’t know. We’ll probably end the series with four or five seasons, but what do we know? What I mean is that nothing is official yet, but we know where we want to go. We’re still trying to figure out how much longer it will take to get there… Then we’ll see. His brother, Matt, seems less excited, adding, “It’s difficult. Four seems short. Five seems long. I don’t know yet. Who will live to see.
In need of Stranger Things while waiting for season 4?
Even if we will have to wait for season 4 to see what happens next, you should know that a retro game from season 3 of Stranger Things is available on the Microsoft Store in the United States (you will be given instructions on how to play it from France). There is also Stranger Things 3: The Game, another video game adaptation of the series, still based on season 3.