It’s been an incredibly long wait, but we finally have confirmation of when Netflix’s beloved series Stranger Things will be returning to the streaming platform for its fourth season!
In an open letter shared today from the Duffer Brothers, Matt and Ross, it was confirmed that season 4 of Stranger Things will be rolled out in two waves. Given that the upcoming season consists of “nine scripts, over eight-hundred pages, almost two years of filming, thousands of visual effects shots, and a runtime nearly twice the length of any previous season,” this rollout strategy is the most efficient way to get the new episodes out to fans as soon as possible. Volume One of season 4 is set to land on the streaming platform on May 27, while Volume Two will premiere five weeks later on July 1.
The announcement also included some bittersweet news: season 5 will be the last. Rumors have been abound for quite some time that perhaps a spin-off series is in the works, though nothing has ever been officially confirmed. However, the letter does seem to make reference to this theory by stating, “There are still many more exciting stories to tell within the world of Stranger Things: new mysteries, new adventures, new unexpected heroes.”
Stranger Things began as a thrilling drama set in the seemingly normal Midwestern town of Hawkins, Indiana. After a boy vanishes into thin air, his close-knit group of friends and family search for answers and are pulled into a high-stakes and deadly series of events. Beneath the surface of their ordinary town lurks an extraordinary supernatural mystery, along with top-secret government experiments and a dangerous gateway that connects our world to a powerful yet sinister realm. The scope of the show will continue to widen in the upcoming episodes following the season 3 finale, which encompassed a harrowing battle with the Mind Flayer and a fight to stop the Russians from reopening the Upside Down. Now, Hopper is in Russia (thankfully still alive) and Joyce moved her family (and Eleven) away from Hawkins to California, but their adventures aren’t even close to being over yet.
“It’s been six months since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins. Struggling with the aftermath, our group of friends are separated for the first time — and navigating the complexities of high school hasn’t made things any easier. In this most vulnerable time, a new and horrifying supernatural threat surfaces, presenting a gruesome mystery that, if solved, might finally put an end to the horrors of the Upside Down.”
A set of new posters was also revealed today as well. They each bear the message, “Every ending has a beginning,” with a focus on locations that will be featured in season 4: Russia, the Lab, Creel House, and California, along with a main poster encompassing all four.
Stay tuned for all of our coverage on Stranger Things season 4!