Release date and how to watch
(Pocket Ribbon) – Stranger things still happen. The fourth season of Netflix’s hit sci-fi series will air and hit the streaming platform on May 27, 2022.
The third season left quite a few pending questions about the future of the series, but Netflix has given us several hints about the upcoming season in the form of teaser trailers and casting announcements, which we’ll get to below.
Stranger Things Season 4: How To Watch
You can watch the next season of Stranger Things or catch up on all the older seasons via Netflix. It is, after all, a Netflix Original title.
Stranger Things Season 4: Release Date
While the release of teaser trailers in 2021 had given fans hope that the season would kick off soon, there was a bit of a wait. But Stranger Things 4 is here now – well, the first part anyway. The fourth season will be released in two parts: the first part, Volume 1, arrived on May 27, 2022; the second lot, Volume 2, will be released five weeks later on July 1, 2022. Hooray!
Stranger Things Season 4: Episodes
Volume 1 of season four will contain seven episodes. Part 2 will consist of only two episodes, but they will last a maximum of two and a half hours. So you’re essentially watching movies.
Part 1 (May 27), first seven episodes:
Episode 1 – 1 hour, 16 minutes Episode 2 – 1 hour, 15 minutes Episode 3 – 1 hour, 3 minutes Episode 4 – 1 hour, 17 minutes Episode 5 – 1 hour, 14 minutes Episode 6 – 1 hour, 13 minutes Episode 7 – 1 hour 38 minutes
Part 1 (July 1), last two episodes:
Episode 8 – 1 hour, 25 minutes Episode 9 – 2 hours, 30 minutes
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Stranger Things Season 4: Final Season?
In a letter to fans, which you can see in the tweet above, the Duffer Brothers revealed that the show’s fourth season will mark “the beginning of the end” of the series.
“Seven years ago, we planned the full storyline for ‘Stranger Things’,” they wrote. “It turned out to be too big to tell in four (seasons) — but, as you’ll soon see — we’re rushing to our finale now. Season four will be the penultimate season; season five will be the last.”
Stranger Things Season 4: Cast and Crew
In the fourth season of Stranger Things, Matt and Ross Duffer return as writers and directors. The pair are responsible for the previous three seasons of Stranger Things. In addition to the Duffer brothers, all the main characters from the first three seasons of Stranger Things are expected to return.
Millie Bobby Brown as ElevenFinn Wolfhard as Mike WheelerNoah Schnapp as Will ByerGaten Matarazzo as Dustin HendersonCaleb McLuaghlin as Lucas SinclairNatalia Dyer as Nancy WheelerDavid Harbor as Jim HopperSadie Sink as MaxCharlie Heaton as Jonathan ByerJoe Keery as Steve HarringtonWinona Ryder asB Joyce BuckersMaya
Netflix has also revealed a slew of new castings for the fourth season, here’s a rundown:
Robert Englund as Victor Creel, a man incarcerated in a mental institution for murder Tom Wlaschiha as Dimitri, a Russian guard who befriends HopperNikola Djuricko as Yuri, a Russian smuggler Jamie Campbell Bower as Peter Ballard, a babysitter at a mental institution Eduardo Franco as Argyle, a stoner and pizza delivery boy Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson, a metalhead who is also the president of Hawkins High’s Dungeons and Dragons club known as the Hellfire club. Sherman Augustus as Lieutenant Colonel Sullivan, an intelligent soldier Mason Dye as Jason Carver, a rich and famous athlete
Stranger Things Season 4: What to Expect
Here’s everything we know about season four:
Hopper is alive
At the end of season three, David Harbour’s Hopper sacrificed itself to close the portal to the Upside Down below the town of Hawkins, but a scene after the credits gave hope that Hopper is still alive. We see a prison in Russia that contains an unseen person, called “the American” by Russian guards, before another prisoner is fed to a Demogorgon. Everyone hoped that the American was Hopper, who entered the Upside Down dimension so as not to die.
Well, we found out that he’s the American in question, thanks to a teaser trailer for season four, which is titled “From Russia With Love” (embedded above). We can also guess that Hopper’s time as a prisoner will be heavily featured in the next season, thanks to the cast of a Russian security guard and a Russian smuggler for the new season.
Mathew Modine returns
Another teaser for season four called “Eleven, are you Listening” – also embedded above – showed the return of one of the series’ first villains: Dr. Martin Brenner by Mathew Modine. He has seen him walk into the Rainbow Room to a group of children who call him Papa. The teaser appears to be a flashback to Brenner’s time raising Eleven in captivity along with other gifted children. The last time we saw Brenner alive was when he came face to face with the Demogorgon in Season One.
Because of that encounter, we assumed he’s dead. In the second season, Eleven encounters Kali (Linnea Berthelsen) – another child with powers held by Brenner in the Hawkins facility – who is out for revenge. Together, they track down another former employee of the facility who reveals that Brenner is still alive.
Not anymore in Hawkins
The first three seasons of Stranger Things took place entirely in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, but the upcoming season will expand the story beyond the small town. We know that part of season four will take place in Russia, where Hopper is being held by Russian forces. New casting information also confirms the Russian setting, with Tom Wlaschiha as a Russian guard named Dmitri and Nikola Duricko as a smuggler named Yuri.
In addition to the Russian setting, the end of season three saw Joyce Byers (Wynona Ryder) adopt Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and move out of Hawkins with her son Will (Noah Schnapp). We didn’t know where until the November 2021 trailer dropped, with a California setting, pushing the season further away from Hawkins. “We’re not in Hawkins anymore” was certainly no lie from the first trailer.
Freddy Krueger Actor Added to Cast
Stranger Things likes to pay tribute to the ’80s movies that inspired it, and it looks like it’s doing it again – with the casting of Robert Englund, who was famous for starring in The Nightmare on Elm Street movies as the disfigured serial killer Freddy. Krueger.
Englund plays Victor Creel, a man incarcerated in a mental institution for a violent murder that took place in the 1950s. The late September 2021 trailer, “The Creel House,” presents that past — and how it traverses time with our favorite cast members of today. This could be an important part of the environment outside of Hawkins.
The first three seasons of Stranger Things were a year apart. Season one was set in 1983, season two in 1984, and season three in 1985. After that, it would make sense that season four would take place in 1986, but based on all the talk of “the best spring break ever” in the California trailer we get the feeling that the timeline has shifted a little further forward.
This makes sense, of course, as some of the actors – who were kids when the series started – are a bit older now, which shows on screen. Don’t expect it to jump too far ahead, though; the nostalgic 80s vibe is a big part of the show’s success.
An interesting note about the Stranger Things teasers posted above is the way they are numbered. You’ll notice that the description in the YouTube link for the first teaser, From Russia with Love, has 001/004 in the description for the video. The second teaser similarly has 002/004, and so on.
Stranger Things Season 4: Trailers
In addition to the above teasers, Netflix has released an official trailer (below).
It even shared the first eight minutes of the introductory episode. We won’t ruin it for you. It’s at the top of this page.
Stranger Things 4 | official trailer
The full season four trailer, which you can watch below, is more normal – as far as anything related to Stranger Things is normal. It shows a series of clips and sequences that reference a more action-oriented series. The horror also seems to kick up a notch, with a reveal of what appears to be the main monster at the end.
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