Stranger Things season 3 has now been and gone and after another excellent season, we’ve been left ravenous, hungry for more. We’ll be providing you with all the latest news and information on Stranger Things including, the plot, cast, release date and the future of the series.
The Duffer Brothers and all the cast and crew involved have done an incredible job making Stranger Things the flagship show on Netflix. Since the series debut in July 2016, the show has only ever gone from strength to strength and is now embodied into pop culture.
So let’s get to it. Let’s dive into everything you need to know on Stranger Things season 4.
When is the release date for Stranger Things season 4?
A release date for Stranger Things season 4 will be pure speculation at this point in time.
With no official news on the status of production, this makes it difficult to predict when we can expect to see the next season. If we are to assume most of the groundwork has already been laid for season 4 and production is to begin later this year, then we could potentially see Stranger Things return at the end of 2020.
A more realistic release date would be in the first half of 2021.
We’d love to see a 2020 Christmas release date and have the story set around the holidays. We’ve already seen Halloween and Summer vacation in the series so Christmas would be a fantastic setting to further the story. Not to mention it would fit within the story of Eleven and Will coming back to Hawkins to visit for the holiday season.
Stranger Things Season 3 recap
Cast Members for Stranger Things Season 4
The following cast members haven’t been confirmed to return but are expected to return for season 4:
|Role||Actor/Actress||Where have I seen/heard before?|
|Jane ‘ Eleven’||Millie Bobby Brown||Godzilla: King of the Monsters | NCIS | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland|
|Mike Wheeler||Finn Wolfhard||It | Carmen Sandiego | Spendtime Palace: Sonora|
|Dustin Henderson||Gaten Matarazzo||The Blacklist|
|Lucas Sinclair||Caleb McLaughlin||The New Edition Story |Spy vs. Guy | Forever|
|Will Byers||Noah Schnapp||Snoopy and Charlie Brown | Bridge of Spies | Abe|
|Max Mayfield||Sadie Sink||The Glass Castle | The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt | Odyessy|
|Nancy Wheeler||Natalia Dyer||Velvet Buzzsaw | Hannah Montana: The Movie | I Believe in Unicorns|
|Joyce Byers||Winona Ryder||Little Women | Edward Scissorhands | Heathers|
|Jim Hopper||David Harbour||Suicide Squad | A Walking Among the Tombstones | The Green Hornet|
|Steve Harrington||Joe Keery||Molly’s Game | Slice | After Everything|
|Jonathan Byers||Charlie Heaton||The New Mutants | Shut In | The Secret of Marrowbone|
|Robin||Maya Hawke||Little Women | Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | Ladyworld|
|Erica Sinclair||Priah Ferguson||Atlanta | The Oath | Mercy Street|
Are there any new cast members confirmed for season 4?
At the time of writing little detail is known about the cast for the fourth season of Stranger Things.
We’ll be certain to learn more in the coming months when details begin to release.
Is season 4 the last season of Stranger Things?
What we do know is that the fourth season is definitely happening, as this was confirmed by director and producer Shawn Levy:
I mean I will say we have a good sense of stuff that happens in Season Four. Season Four is definitely happening. There’s very much the possibility of a season beyond that one, that’s currently undecided. And what I would just say is part of the chaos and fun of this particular show is that while the Duffers and the writer’s room and we producers outline the entire season, the Duffers really use the writing process to revisit, reassess and question all of their prior assumptions.
So even though we always start off with a good sense of the major arcs of the season. We’re always ready for shifts and surprises because if the Duffers stumble into a different or surprising inspiration while they rewrite the script, we’re going to follow that inspiration and throw out some ideas in order to embrace some new ones that are more exciting. And I have no doubt that Season 3 will be no exception.
What do the Duffer Brothers have to say?
But from what was said it’s still unclear on whether or not a fifth season is happening. Even the Duffer Brothers are uncertain on where they stand on the fifth season. In an interview with Enews the Brothers had the following to say.
We don’t actually know. I think, you know, four to five seasons is likely where we’ll end up, but who knows? I mean, none of this official, and we know where we want to go. We’re trying to figure out still how long it’ll take to get there, so we’ll see.
It’s hard, like four seems short, five seems long. So I don’t know what to do.
Suffice to say we look forward to season 4. Hopefully, we’ll be getting a fifth season too!
What can we expect from Stranger Things season 4?
Season 3 left us with plenty to ponder for next season. We can expect some of the following to be revealed.
Who is “The American?”
The most obvious answer to this question is obviously Jim Hopper. We never saw Hopper’s body disintegrated by the outburst of power from the Russian’s machine but we were left to assume the worse. In the final scene, we cut back to the Russian base in Kamchatka where the other machine was located. Two guards revealed that an American was a prisoner inside the base.
The only logical conclusion is the American is Hopper and he must have been teleported between Hawkins and Kamchatka by the machines the Russians were using to force open the Upside Down. Alternatively, he may have been sent into the Upside Down only for the Kamchatka Russians to find him thus capturing him.
As to how Hopper escapes his cell is anyone’s guess. But he’ll likely be able to escape the facility itself by using the machine to send him back to Hawkins. If the machine can’t send him back to Hawkins directly then he may have no choice but to go into the Upside Down and try to make his way home from there.
Are the Byers and Eleven going to return to Hawkins?
After the tearful goodbye to their friends and Hawkins, the Byers and Eleven have moved away to pastures new. Before leaving Mike and Eleven have made it clear they’ll be talking to and visiting as often as they can. Mike will go to the Byers place for Thanksgiving, and Eleven will ask Joyce if she can stay at Mike’s for Christmas.
It’s our hope the next season will be based at Christmas, which would give writers an easy reason to write characters to be in Hawkins at the same time. Regardless, characters such as Eleven and Will are critical to the story thanks to their connection to the Upside Down.
Jonathan’s return to Hawkins would coincide with his relationship with Nancy Wheeler. As for Joyce, she’d likely tag along just to make sure Will and Eleven are safe.
How will the Mindflayer return?
If anyone thought the Mindflayer was destroyed is sadly mistaken. The creature seen throughout the third season was a conduit used by the Mindflayer and not the Mindflayer itself. With the connection between the Upside Down and our world shut, the conduit body lost its “signal” to the Midnlfayer thus the body was destroyed.
The Mindflayer is safe and sound in the Upside Down but is trapped for now. He’ll definitely be returning with a vengeance and will likely look to enact his revenge on the town of Hawkins after being thwarted twice.
As to how he returns will be very interesting. The past two occasions when he’s possessed humans has not gone to plan. Arguably possessing one of the Russians would be a far better option than a teenager from Hawkins.
Have the Russians tamed a Demogorgon?
The big reveal at the end of the fourth season was shown to be a Demogorgon had been captured by the Russians. At first, it looked the Russians had found a Demodog until it stood on its hind legs revealing the true form of the creature.
The Russians plan to tear open a portal to the Upside Down in Kamchatka must have been a success. While the facility in Hawkins was shut down, the Kamchatkan base is still fully functional. Given time to perfect the research, the machine may now give the Russians access to Upside Down as and when they please.
How they came to capture a Demogorgon is unclear but perhaps they were able to find one of the spawns similar to Dustin’s pet D’Artagan in season 2. This would give pause to reason that the Demodogs are in fact the juvenile or puppy stage of the Demogorgon.
Dustin’s connection to D’Artagan also gives us reason to believe that creatures from the Upside Down can form bonds, however small. So if the Russians raised this particular Demogorgon from birth/spawn, then maybe they were able to tame the monster. Or of least the Demogorgon likes to be fed on a regular basis and the Russians can study the creature. Also, the Demogorgon has the ability to go in and out of the Upside Down, which leads us to wonder why it willingly would stay in a cage.
More experiments to appear?
In the second season, we learned that Eleven wasn’t the only experiment to escape the Department of Energy. Eight was also able to escape and she made it her mission to take down the people related to the experiments. Like Eleven, Eight also exhibited powers of her own. Instead of telekinetic abilities like Eleven’s, Eight could cast illusions, become invisible through her illusions and also clairvoyance.
We didn’t see any further experiments in season 3 but director Shawn Levy heavily hinted we could see more in the future:
I think we’ve clearly implied there are other numbers, and I can’t imagine that the world will only ever know Eleven and Eight
While it certainly was the weakest story of season 2, if done right it would be great to explore more on the experiments by the DoE. With the DoE shut down at Hawkins it would be intriguing to see how they would introduce more experiments. One or two could make excellent protagonists, giving Eleven one of her toughest challenges yet. Alternatively, they could be introduced to help combat the Upside Down.
Has an official synopsis been revealed for season 4?
Not yet! Sit tight as it’s going to be a while.
Where is production up to?
At the time of writing, to our knowledge production has yet to begin on the fourth season. This doesn’t help the fact that Netflix has yet to announce the renewal of the series but it’s the world’s worst kept secret that a fourth season is happening.
When production on the third season began Netflix promoted the news by uploading a video of the cast getting together for the first script read. We’re fully expecting Netflix to continue this growing trend. As to when production on the fourth season will begin is anyone’s guess right now. With how popular the show has become so too have the actors, by this we mean the stars of Stranger Things are in demand with many networks looking to cast the stars for their own projects.
What are the cast members up to right now?
After checking what the cast members are up to right now through IMDb, some are currently involved in projects outside of Netflix. David Harbour (Jim Hopper) is currently in filming for the Black Widow, Winona Ryder is filming for the television series The Plot Against America, and Millie Bobbie-Brown is in filming for Enola Holmes.
Some of the stars have been announced for upcoming projects yet to begin production, while other stars are just completing theirs. Timing is key, so the stars will need of least two months to film for Stranger Things season four. We’re speculating that production will begin either this Fall or this Winter.
How many episodes will season 4 air?
It’s unconfirmed on the number of episodes the fourth season will air. If we are to go by the release of the previous seasons then eight episodes are the likeliest. This, of course, depends on the budget for the next season. As the flagship show of the series, they could definitely stretch the budget to add in a ninth episode (like season 2) or round up to ten.
The format for Stranger Things has worked thus far so we’re assuming the next season lands with eight episodes.
Will the run times be staying the same?
Episode run times have never been consistent for the series. The run times of the episodes will be between forty-five and sixty minutes. Season 4’s finale can be expected to last the longest like season 3’s seventy-seven-minute finale.
Have any episode titles been announced?
This is information that will be released eventually but not for the foreseeable future. For the third season, Netflix released a title reveal teaser trailer, therefore, we expect season 4 to follow suit.
Has Netflix released a trailer?
You may already know the answer to this but Netflix hasn’t launched a trailer as of yet. It’s more than likely that Netflix will drop a video online when the announcement is made for the series renewal.
A trailer won’t arrive for quite some time. Netflix typically release trailers when a new title is scheduled to release within 4-6 weeks. Sometimes this can be as late as one week before release. The streaming service broke their norm by releasing a trailer for season 4 on March 20th, 2019. This was nearly 4 months before the launch of season 4.
Will the Duffer Brother continue to work on Stranger Things?
Since the creation of Stranger Things, the Duffer Brothers haven’t been involved in any other projects.
The future of the show was shaky after a lawsuit was raised against the pair. Charlie Kessler the claimant believed he had come up with the idea for Stranger Things first and had discussed the basis of the show to the Duffer Brothers at the 2014 Tribeca Festival. A year later Kessler was “surprised” to learn of the new project the Duffer Brothers continue to work on today.
Just before the trial was set to begin, the lawsuit was dropped. This was because the Duffer Brothers were able to produce documents detailing the concept of the show as early as 2010. Kessler had the following to say after dropping the lawsuit:
After hearing the deposition testimony this week of the legal expert I hired, it is now apparent to me that, whatever I may have believed in the past, my work had nothing to do with the creation of Stranger Things. Documents from 2010 and 2013 prove that the Duffers independently created their show. As a result, I have withdrawn my claim and I will be making no further comment on this matter.
The series is expected to have of least five seasons so for the foreseeable future the Duffer Brothers future is at Netflix with Stranger Things.
Are you looking forward to the release of Stranger Things Season 4?