The third season of Stranger Things might have simply served as a collection finale if not for the mid-credits scene, which opened up a brand new gate of Upside Down intrigue and left us wondering if Hawkins’ chief of police is actually history or not. Fortuitously, we can’t have to attend lengthy for that cliffhanger to resolve itself: Netflix introduced on Sept. 30, 2019, that Stranger Issues 4 will occur sooner or later, so the possibilities are good that we’ll certainly get the possibility to seek out out the identification of “the American” who’s stashed within the Russian cell. This is all the things we all know to this point about Stranger Issues‘ fourth season.
It might be the final season. Though producer Shawn Levy told Collider that he thinks there’s possibly room for one more season after Stranger Issues 4, the present’s co-creators appear to want the next run to be the show’s last. In 2017, Ross Duffer instructed Vulture, “We’re considering will probably be a four-season factor after which out.” His brother Matt Duffer echoed that sentiment, saying, “I do not know if we are able to justify one thing dangerous taking place to them yearly.” But regardless of the Duffers’ claims, the fourth season was not introduced as a closing season — leaving room for extra Stranger Issues to come back.
It would doubtless have eight episodes. According to TVLine, the fourth season will once more have eight episodes, the identical because it had in each Season 1 and Season 3. Season 2 is the outlier, with 9 episodes.
4 new dudes might be becoming a member of the forged. The Duffer Brothers are decided to additional improve testosterone ranges on Stranger Issues by including 4 recent male recurring roles, TVLine stories. Three of them might be youngsters and one might be an grownup. Character descriptions for the kids embrace a jock, a Valley boy kind within the vein of Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and a metalhead. The grownup, in the meantime, will reportedly have a distinguished position in a storyline removed from Hawkins. Talking of which …
It would transfer past Hawkins. No shock primarily based on how Stranger Issues 3 ended, however the teaser for the fourth season states bluntly that our heroes are “not in Hawkins anymore.” The identical teaser additionally signifies that point might be an enormous issue within the new season, and we already have some theories about how which may occur.
Might Hopper return? Probably the most gut-wrenching second of the Stranger Issues 3 finale was when Jim Hopper (David Harbour) sacrificed himself so Joyce (Winona Ryder) might shut the gate to the Upside Down and blow up the machine. His letter to Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) rubbed additional salt in that wound. Speaking to ET Online, David Harbour mentioned he has “hope” that Hopper is the mysterious American in Russian captivity proper now. “He did look round a little bit bit, however he appeared to be trapped and the machine exploded. And you then lower to… some city in Russia proper? The place there’s some American and a few prisoner. I do not know, I imply, it appears unusual,” he mentioned. After all, Harbour additionally acknowledges that Hopper’s obvious destiny does provide the character some closure as a result of, lastly, “he acts just like the particular person he’s meant to be” in that second. For the eagle-eyed set spotters who saw a car that looks an awful lot like his on set, although, it appears particularly doubtless that Hawkins’ most interesting might be again in some way.
The mysterious American might be a significant component. Whether or not or not it is Hopper within the Russian cell, the unnamed American who’s in Russian captivity within the Stranger Issues 3 finale will turn out to be a significant a part of the following season. Ross Duffer told Entertainment Weekly, “The query of who that American is in that cell after which additionally what they’re doing with the Demogorgon, is a tease. That is clearly going to play an enormous position in a possible season 4.”
The Byers household is transferring to a brand new location. The tail finish of Stranger Issues 3 noticed Joyce promoting her home and relocating to a different city with Will (Noah Schnapp), Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), and a newly de-powered Eleven after a very gutting goodbye to these they have been forsaking. At the least one actor expects followers to see the characters on this new setting subsequent season. As Noah Schnapp told ET Online, “I do know that I might need a separate storyline from everybody else, so we is perhaps filming, like, in one other place.” Matt Duffer confirmed Schnapp’s suspicions that we’d see some motion exterior of the unique city, telling EW, “It should open up a little bit bit, not essentially when it comes to scale, when it comes to particular results, however open up when it comes to permitting plot traces into areas exterior of Hawkins.”
Will the youthful children get jobs, too? We do not understand how outdated the Dungeons & Dragons celebration might be if and when Stranger Issues returns for a fourth season, however there’s an opportunity that Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) might comply with the lead of his pal Steve (Joe Keery) and turn out to be gainfully employed by the point we see him once more. “For thus lengthy, I’ve wished to see him work on the Arcade — on the Palace Arcade with Keith — and have Keith be his boss,” Gaten Matarazzo told ET Online. “They’ve that rivalry and it is hilarious and I need to work with Matty [Cardarople] extra as a result of he is wonderful.” Matarazzo additionally mentioned he expects audiences to get extra of Dustin’s girlfriend Suzie (Gabriella Pizzolo) within the new season.
It’s going to have a unique really feel than Stranger Issues 3. Whereas Ross Duffer mentioned that he and his brother solely had the “broad strokes” of a fourth season in thoughts after Stranger Issues 3 hit screens, they do consider it will have a unique vibe than the earlier season. “We’re fairly enthusiastic about the place it is probably going to go,” he told EW. “It should really feel very totally different than this season. However I believe that is the best factor to do and I believe it will be thrilling.”
We already know a few of the motion pictures that can encourage the brand new season. Stranger Issues‘ writers started revealing a series of films which might be being mentioned together with the collection in some way, and the listing to this point consists of (so as of reveal): The Peanut Butter Solution,The Fisher King, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, You’ve Got Mail, Ordinary People, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Billy Madison, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Black Swan, Young Sherlock Holmes, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Hackers, Silence of the Lambs, and The Good Son.
The primary episode of the season is titled “The Hellfire Membership.” The Twitter account for the Stranger Issues writers’ room shared a photo of the duvet web page for the script for Episode 1, revealing the title to be “The Hellfire Membership.” It is anybody’s guess whether or not that is an allusion to the outdated, British secret society or a nod to the Hellfire Membership from Marvel comics (we’re leaning towards the comics, clearly), however we’re jazzed for the mini-spoiler nonetheless!
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— Stranger Issues Day Hype Account (additionally Writers) (@strangerwriters) November 7, 2019
Stranger Issues Seasons 1-Three are actually streaming on Netflix.