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Stranger Things 4, the fourth season of Stranger Things, was announced on September 30, 2019.[2] Unlike previous seasons, this season is split into two volumes, with the first volume, consisting of seven episodes,[3] which premiered on Netflix on May 27, 2022, and the second volume, consisting of two episodes,[3] scheduled to release five weeks later on July 1, 2022.[4]

The fourth season takes place in March 1986, six months after the Battle of Starcourt that concluded the previous season. Notably, the season follows several storylines across a range of locations, including Hawkins, California, Nevada, Alaska and Russia.

Synopsis

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 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.[5]

Cast and characters

Main cast

Also Starring

Recurring cast

Guest cast

Episodes

Main article: Episode Guide
# Image Title Director Writers
Volume 1
26
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"The Hellfire Club"

[15]

The Duffer Brothers The Duffer Brothers
El is bullied at school. Joyce opens a mysterious package. A scrappy player shakes up D&D night.
27
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"Vecna's Curse" The Duffer Brothers The Duffer Brothers
A plane brings Mike to California — and a dead body brings Hawkins to a halt. Nancy looks for leads. A shaken Eddie tells the gang what he saw.
28
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"The Monster and the Superhero" Shawn Levy[16] Caitlin Schneiderhan
Murray and Joyce fly to Alaska, and El faces serious consequences. Robin and Nancy dig up dirt on Hawkins' demons. Dr. Owens delivers sobering news.
29
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"Dear Billy" Shawn Levy Paul Dichter
Max is in grave danger... and running out of time. A patient at Pennhurst asylum has visitors. Elsewhere, in Russia, Hopper is at hard work.
30
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"The Nina Project" Nimród Antal[17] Kate Trefry
Owens takes El to Nevada, where she's forced to confront her past, while the Hawkins kids comb a crumbling house for clues. Vecna claims another victim.
31
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"The Dive" Nimród Antal[17] Curtis Gwinn
Behind the Iron Curtain, a risky rescue mission gets underway. The California crew seeks help from a hacker. Steve takes one for the team.
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"The Massacre at Hawkins Lab" The Duffer Brothers The Duffer Brothers
As Hopper braces to battle a monster, Dustin dissects Vecna's motives — and decodes a message from beyond. El finds strength in a distant memory.
Volume 2
33
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"Papa" The Duffer Brothers The Duffer Brothers
TBA
34
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"The Piggyback" The Duffer Brothers The Duffer Brothers
TBA

Development

Following the release of Season 3, the Duffer Brothers stated that should Stranger Things get a renewal for the fourth season (renewal was confirmed two months later), the season would be very different and would explore newer locations outside Hawkins in order to "open up plot-lines". They also confirmed the season would address the mid-credits scene of the finale of the third season.

In early February 2020, it was reported that the season's length had been extended to nine episodes. [18] In mid-February, in addition to releasing a teaser trailer, the Duffers revealed the return of Jim Hopper who's now imprisoned in Kamchatka, likely confirming that he was the American prisoner discussed in the end credit scene of season 3. They added that the season would be the "most frightening yet" with "a new horror" emerging that would connect everything.[19]

In an appearance at Liverpool Comic Con, actor David Harbour teased that Hopper's backstory will be explored in the upcoming season.[20] Actor Joe Keery stated that the fourth season would be "a lot scarier" than previous seasons. Actress Sadie Sink also mentioned that the teens will be entering high school during the season. In mid-August, the Duffer brothers confirmed that all of the scripts have already been completed and were just being adjusted. [21]

Casting

For the fourth season, both Priah Ferguson[22] and Brett Gelman[23] were upped to series regulars.

On July 1, 2020, it was announced that Joel Stoffer had been cast in an undisclosed role.

On November 20, 2020, it was officially announced that Robert Englund, Eduardo Franco, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sherman Augustus, Mason Dye, Tom Wlaschiha, Nikola Đjuričko, and Joseph Quinn had joined the cast for the fourth season, with Eduardo Franco, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Joseph Quinn updated to series regulars. [24]

On June 9, 2021, it was officially announced that Amybeth McNulty, Myles Truitt, Regina Ting Chen, and Grace Van Dien had joined the cast for the fourth season. [25]

Production & Filming

According to a report made by TV Line, Season 4 was slated to begin filming in January 2020. And following the release of a teaser on February 14, the Duffer brothers confirmed that filming for the fourth season had already begun.

According to a listing in Production Weekly, the season was being filmed under the working title "Tareco", which is actually a type of Brazilian biscuit.[26] Shooting took place in Vilnius, Lithuania and later moved back to Atlanta, before filming came to a halt due to COVID-19 outbreak. According to stunt co-ordinator Hiro Koda, two episodes of the season were filmed before production was halted. [27]

Production officially resumed on October 1st, 2020 after a 6 month hiatus

On October 1, 2020, it was officially confirmed that filming for the fourth season has resumed again.[28] On the occasion of Stranger Things Day, photos of Gaten Matarazzo, Joe Keery, Sadie Sink and Caleb McLaughlin during filming takes were released on November 6. [29]

On January 27, 2021, Jamie Campbell Bower and Matthew Modine were spotted filming scenes in Atlanta, Georgia.

As of, August 1st 2021, production for this season is close to being finished with at least a month or two left and the release date soon to come out.[30]

Shawn Levy has revealed that,"by the time Free Guy comes out, August 13th, part of that answer will be known." Meaning we will have some what of an answer of when the release date is.[31]

Effect of COVID-19 outbreak

Following the outbreak of the pandemic COVID-19, Netflix decided to halt production on all its films and TV series, including the fourth season of Stranger Things on March 13, 2020, for at least two weeks.[32] However, filming for the season resumed at the end of September 2020, 6 months since production came to a halt.

Marketing

Release

The release was initially thought to be split with Vol. 1 consisting of 5 episodes and Vol. 2 consisting of 4. But on May 20, 2022, it was revealed that Vol. 1 would consist of 7 episodes and would releases on May 27, 2022 with the remaining 2 episodes released on July 1, 2022.[3]

Images

On February 17, 2022, five posters of multiple characters were showcased on the Stranger Things Instagram page. Among these posters, there was a final poster with all of them combined announcing that Vol. 1 would be released on May 27, 2022 and Vol. 2 would follow and release on July 1, 2022.

On March 23, a day after Will Byers' birthday, twelve different stills were posted on the Stranger Things Instagram page, showing multiple characters, old and new.

On April 20, 2022, the magazine company SFX released three different magazines showcasing the Party along with Nancy Wheeler, Robin Buckley and Steve Harrington. Inside, the magazines had multiple behind the scenes photos as well as never-before seen photos of the Hawkins crew and California crew.

On April 27, 2022, a poster of Eleven was released, showcasing her shaved head, hospital gown and Hawkins Lab at the bottom of the poster.

On May 2, 2022, personal posters for Jim Hopper, Joyce Byers and Murray Bauman were released, with a Russian base at the bottom of the poster.

On May 5, 2022, personal posters for Mike Wheeler, Will Byers, Jonathan Byers and Argyle were released, showcasing California and the current Byers residence beneath.

On May 9, 2022, personal posters for Max Mayfield, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson, Steve Harrington, Robin Buckley, Erica Sinclair, Nancy Wheeler, Karen Wheeler and Eddie Munson were released, showcasing the Hawkins crew (Max & Lucas), the Scoops Troop (Dustin, Steve, Robin & Erica), the Wheelers (Nancy & Karen), and the Hellfire Club (Eddie). All of the posters have the Creel House at the bottom, showing the connection to all the characters.

On May 12, 2022, another official poster was released showcasing Vecna, Eleven, Max Mayfield, Lucas Sinclair, Robin Buckley, Nancy Wheeler, Eddie Munson, Mike Wheeler, Dustin Henderson, Will Byers, Steve Harrington, Erica Sinclair, Joyce Byers, Jim Hopper, Murray Bauman, Jonathan Byers and Argyle, in their respective locations. The poster also shows Creel House, Creel clock, Demobats, Russia and California.

On May 14, 2022, following Millie Bobby Brown's appearance on Jimmy Fallon, four photos were taken from a teaser showing, Will Byers, Eleven, Angela, Jake and a few of their friends tormenting El.

On May 18, 2022, the website IGN released four stills of Hopper and Yuri at the Kamchatka base in Russia, and then Max Mayfield and Dustin Henderson at Family Video, Dustin, Eddie Munson and Mike Wheeler in the Hawkins High cafeteria, showcasing their Hellfire Club shirts and Steve Harrington with Max and Dustin investigating something in Hawkins.

On May 21, 2022, during Seven Stranger Days, one still and 12 behind the scenes photos were released, showcasing the Erica with the Hellfire Club, Hawkins High tigers at the basketball game and multiple characters and the crew behind Stranger Things.

Trailers

The first teaser trailer was released on September 30, 2019, alongside the season's official announcement.

A clip from the fourth season was released on February 14, 2020, which confirmed the fate of Jim Hopper. Another teaser trailer showing the Season 4 table read was released on March 3, 2020.

On May 6, 2021, a teaser trailer was released that teased multiple test subjects of Hawkins National Laboratory.

On August 6th, 2021, a sneak peek was dropped that teased multiple shots of the season. It also teased that it will be dropping in 2022, but the release date was not specified.

A third teaser trailer was released on September 25th, 2021, that showcases the house that was previously owned by the Creel family.

On the occasion of Stranger Things Day, a teaser that showcased the new region California was released on November 6, 2021. Another teaser was released on the same day that listed the titles of all the episodes of the season and announced that Stranger Things Season 4 will be released in the Summer of 2022.

On April 11, 2022, the official Stranger Things Youtube and Twitter account posted a countdown for the season 4 trailer, which dropped on April 12, 2022 at 10 A.M. EST and showcased the Upside Down, the Creel House, and new creatures from the Upside Down.

On May 14, 2022, during Millie Bobby Brown's appearance on Jimmy Fallon, a clip from "The Hellfire Club" was shown, showcasing, Angela, Jake and their friends tormenting Eleven in the school courtyard. In the clip, the bullies knock over El's backpack and stomp on her project of Hopper, while Will Byers stands, watching them from afar. El calls out Angela and tries to use her powers, but she fails and is confronted with a courtyard of laughing kids.

On May 17, 2022, during Sadie Sink's appearance on GMA3, a clip from "The Hellfire Club" was shown with Ms. Kelly talking to Max. In the clip, Ms. Kelly asks Max about her mother, who had picked up a drinking habit, following Neil Hargrove abandoning the latter because of Billy's death. Thought Max says things are better without Neil, she explains to Ms. Kelly that her mom now is juggling two jobs, to which Ms. Kelly asks Max if she's still having nightmares or headaches and she says no.

On May 22, 2022, the final trailer for Vol. 1 dropped showcasing Max and Nancy in Vecna's world, Robin, Nancy and Steve in the Upside Down, the Hellfire Club at a campaign and much much more.

On May 25, 2022, during Gaten Matarazzo's appearance on Live with Kelly & Ryan, a clip was shown with the Scoops Troop (excluding Erica) and Max. In the clip, Max and Dustin rush into Family Video and ask Steve and Robin how many phones they have in store. Robin states three, and Max tells Dustin that the store would be good to "set up shop." Due to the newfound dead body in Hawkins, they use the computer to find the phone numbers of Eddie's friends.

On the same day, the official Stranger Things accounts posted a 7 second clip, from "The Monster and the Superhero", of Argyle, Jonathan, Will and El. In the clip, the four were waiting at the Lenora Hills Airport for Mike, who was coming from Hawkins for spring break.

Soundtrack

Song Artist Album Uses/Scene
Stranger Things Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein Stranger Things, Vol. 1 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) Official announcement.
The Red Army Is The Strongest The Red Army Choir The CCCP Years Russia teaser.
Dream A Little Dream Of Me Ella Fitzgerald Ella: The Legendary Decca Recordings Creel House teaser.
A Place In California Jeremiah Burnham Burnham World Welcome to California teaser.
Stranger Things Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein Stranger Things, Vol. 1 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) Title tease.
Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) Journey Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) [Bryce Miller/Alloy Tracks Remix] - Single Stranger Things 4 Trailer.

Gallery

Trivia

  • This is the second season to have nine episodes. The other season to have nine episodes was Season 2. This is also the first season to be split into two parts (volumes).
  • As part of a joke, the Stranger Things Writers Twitter account revealed the episode names of Chapter 2, 3 and 4, before subsequently confirming the names to be misleading. The episode names were "Tick Tok Mr Clock", "You Snooze You Lose" and "Wakey Wakey Eggs and Bakey" respectively. [33]
  • According to the Duffer Brothers, this season will reveal some genuine clarity about the exact nature of the supernatural happenings that have been plaguing the citizens of Hawkins since the show’s inception.[34]
    • Matt also revealed that about halfway through the season, he and his brother realized they’d need an additional episode to get to every story turn they intended, which Netflix quickly approved, with each episode packed with new content. In regards to this, he stated, “This season, they’re very long, so I think it’s almost double the length of any season. So that’s one reason it’s taken so long. It does have this sort of epic quality to it. It’s a different feel, for sure.”[34]
  • The main new villain, Vecna, is inspired by Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Pinhead from Hellraiser (1987) and Pennywise from Stephen King's IT (1990).[35]
  • The events of season 3 play a major part of the characters growth throughout the season.[35]
  • Most of the season is about/revolves around Max Mayfield.[35]
  • Hawkins is still reeling from the events of season 3. There's a sense of questioning what's been happening over the past few years and since the government can't sweep the mall fire under the rug, this grows into concern about Hawkins being cursed.[35]
  • The Upside Down's darkness is leaking into Hawkins and affecting the kids psychologically.[35]
  • After starting high school, the kids move on and make new friends. A conflict early on is as the party goes into different activities and make new friends, can they keep their core friendship?[35]
  • Eleven is now in school, trying to fit in and make friends. Even though she doesn't know how to interact and isn't familiar with social cues, it's hard for her to fit in.[35]
    • She is also trying to figure out who she is without her powers.[35]
  • The clock plays an important part in the season and is a core part of the mystery that the kids in Hawkins try to solve.[35]
    • It's also said that if you see the clock it's not gonna be good for you.[35]
  • Jim Hopper is isolated, alone and trapped in the Kamchatka prison, with no way out.[35]
  • Joyce Byers has a new job in Lenora Hills as a telemarketer, but her life is thrown into turmoil when she receives a package with Russian stamps, which is the beginning of an epic journey for Joyce.[35][36]
  • Sam Owens plays a major part in the series.[35]
  • The Russian Demogorgon appears again, but this time it's seen in a brawl with the Russian prisoners, including Hopper.[35]
    • The Demogorgon does more than it did in the first season, whereas it's seen running, jumping and being more active this season.[35]
  • As the Upside Down continues to enter Hawkins, the events that it causes is horrifying as it progresses. It also starts to physically affect characters including Max.[35]
    • Max is in trouble after seeing the clock at her school.[35]
  • Eleven's backstory is further revealed, as a version of El, younger than she was in the first season.[35]
    • The fates of the other numbers is revealed.[35]
  • Victor Creel plays a pivotal part in the season.[35]
  • The Duffers went back to season 1 and used mostly practical effects on Vecna, which is 90% practical so that the characters can react to it fully as opposed to The Spider Monster, which was just a beach ball on a stick.[35]
  • The Upside Down has multiple gates throughout Hawkins including Forest Hill Trailer Park.[6]
  • This is the first season where multiple characters visit the Upside Down.[6]
  • In a deleted Youtube video by the Stranger Things account, it was confirmed that the cabin appears in the season. This is seen where Millie, Noah, Finn and other cast members and crew were seen at the cabin cleaning it up.[38]
  • In the final episode of Season 3, a fictional tabloid news magazine show, "The Cutting Edge", ran an ad regarding an upcoming expose on the misfortunes taking place in Hawkins: throughout the commercial, a speculation of Satanic worship is brought up. The theme of demonic/Satanic worship is addressed in this season, as in real life, the 80's also saw high rise in the demonization of Dungeons and Dragons and Satanic panic overall.

References

  1. Twitter post from the official writers' account
  2. "Stranger Things 4 officially announced with new teaser" Entertainment Weekly. September 30, 2019
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 Is the Most Supersized Ever
  4. Every ending has a beginning. Vol. 1 is coming May 27. Vol. 2 is coming July 1.
  5. 'Stranger Things': The Duffer Brothers Reveal a Supersized Season 4 Rollout and Share News About the Series’ Future
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 ST4 Trailer
  7. It’s official! Way too excited for everyone to see @strangerthingstv season 4!!🥳
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 First-Look Photos Revealed by Netflix
  9. Stranger Things 4 out next year🙃
  10. FINALLY! I am SO excited to have been invited to this party! #StrangerThings
  11. Stranger Things Season 4: Robert Englund Reveals How Many Episodes He’s In
  12. STRANGER THINGS: SEASON 4 (2022)
  13. Stranger Things 4 | The Table Read
  14. Netflix Awards FYC - Series - Stranger Things
  15. Chapter One title revealed via the show's writers
  16. Stranger Things Director Reveal Series Superstition That Continues in Season 4
  17. 17.0 17.1 Hungarian Director Nimród Antal to Direct Two Episodes of Stranger Things
  18. "Stranger Things Season 4 Reportedly May Be Expanding Episode Count" comicbook. February 7, 2020.
  19. ‘Stranger Things 4’ First Look Trailer Confirms David Harbour’s Hopper Is Alive and Returning"Indiewire. February 14, 2020.
  20. David Harbour: Hopper’s ‘Stranger Things’ Return Includes ‘Huge’ Backstory RevealIndiewire.. May 5, 2020.
  21. 'Stranger Things' Creators on Their Departure From Halloween Spookiness and Season 4 PlansThe Hollywood Reporter. August 18, 2020.
  22. "‘Stranger Things’ Ups Priah Ferguson to Series Regular for Season 4 (EXCLUSIVE)" Variety. February 21, 2020.
  23. ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4: ‘Fleabag’s Brett Gelman Upped To Series Regular" Deadline. March 3, 2020.
  24. Official Twitter thread revealing new season 4 charaters.November 20, 2020
  25. Official Instagram post revealing new season 4 characters.June 9, 2021
  26. "Stranger Things Season 4 Working Title Revealed"Comicbook. December 9, 2019.
  27. "Stranger Things: Stunt Coordinator Hiro Koda Teases “Darker” Season 4, Explains How Social Distancing Will Affect Stunts "Comicbook. May 23, 2020.
  28. "Official Twitter Post" October 1, 2020.
  29. "Official Twitter Post" November 6, 2020
  30. ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 Is ‘Coming Soon’ and Will Be ‘Bigger Than Ever,’ Promises Shawn Levy
  31. ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 Announcement Is Coming in the Next 10 Days, Says Shawn Levy
  32. ‘Stranger Things,’ Producers on Shutting Down: ‘It’s Bittersweet’"Variety. March 18, 2020.
  33. Stranger Things Writers' Twitter Post
  34. 34.0 34.1 ‘Stranger Things’: Duffer Brothers On Season 4’s Epic Scope; Long-Burning Mythology Questions Answered — Contenders TV
  35. 35.00 35.01 35.02 35.03 35.04 35.05 35.06 35.07 35.08 35.09 35.10 35.11 35.12 35.13 35.14 35.15 35.16 35.17 35.18 35.19 35.20 35.21 35.22 Stranger Things Season 4: Exclusive Trailer Breakdown With The Duffer Brothers
  36. "Chapter One: The Hellfire Club"
  37. Demo Bats: “Stranger Things” Creators Tease the Gothic New Season 4 Threat
  38. Interview from the Hair Chair: Millie Bobby Brown & Noah Schnapp | Stranger Things
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