Stranger Things season four is almost here, and we're buzzing for more details about what might go down with Eleven, Mike, and the crew. Will we get answers about the mysterious "American"? Where is Joyce moving her kids? And will Eleven ever recover? Those mysteries will likely remain just that until the show returns with season four. But in the meantime, we're here to speculate right along with you.
Fortunately for all of us, the show's creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to spill some details about where the Netflix sci-fi hit is headed in the fourth season. "We don't want to write ourselves in a corner so we try to have these early discussions with the writers just to make sure that we're setting ourselves up to go in the right direction," Ross explained. "We don't know a lot, but we do know a lot of the big broad strokes."
So what's in store for our favourite ragtag team of Demogorgon- and Mind Flayer-hunting teens? Let's dive in to what we know so far, from where the story will take place to the general feel and tone of the next batch of new episodes.
Season Four Will Feel "Very Different"
Even though the fourth season hasn't been officially confirmed, the Duffers know where they want the story to go from here. It doesn't sound like they've nailed down specifics just yet (at least not any that they're sharing publicly), but Ross told EW that the "broad strokes" are there:
"At the end of season two, we knew about Billy. We knew that the Russians were going to come in. We didn't know the mall and stuff, but again, we know these big broad strokes. That's sort of where we are in season four. We have the big broad strokes. It's just now about filling in those lines in the details. We're pretty excited about where it's potentially going to go. Again, like we said, it's going to feel very different than this season. But I think that's the right thing to do and I think it'll be exciting."
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The Plot Will Leave Hawkins Behind
Seasons one and two take place in and around Hawkins, Indiana, but season three deviated a bit from that theme by opening the show in a secret lab located in the snowy mountains of Russia. The final season three scene also transports us to Kamchatka in Russia at a ramshackle prison. Can we expect season four to expand the show's scope, too? Matt Duffer says yes, especially since Joyce Byers recently moved Will, Jonathan, and Eleven away from Hawkins.
"I think the biggest thing that's going to happen is it's going to open up a little bit, not necessarily in terms of scale, in terms of special effects, but open up in terms of allowing plotlines into areas outside of Hawkins," Matt explained.
On 25 Sept., during Netflix's first TUDUM live event, the Duffer Brothers released a new trailer for season four, which opened on a family from the late 1950s moving into their new home and living a seemingly normal life. Packed with ghosts and supernatural secrets from the past, Creel House quickly decides the family is no longer welcome. Flash forward to the present day and the Stranger Things crew are forced to confront the ghosts that linger within the walls of Creel House.
On 6 Nov., aka Stranger Things Day, Netflix released a new trailer that showed Eleven and Will living in California. "Dear Mike, today is day 185 — I think I have finally adapted," she says over shots of her new life, her school, and her new home. On the same day, Netflix revealed that we won't be able to expect season four until mid-2022, and we can't tell who's more excited for summer holiday: us or Eleven.
We'll Find Out Who "The American" Is, and What's Up With the Demogorgon
During the season three postcredits scene in Kamchatka, two guards are seen taking out a prisoner — "not the American", one of them says — and dragging him from his cell to a cage with the original Demogorgon inside. The season ends with the monster presumably chowing down on the prisoner.
"Assuming there's a season four, obviously the question of who that American is in that cell and then also what they're doing with the Demogorgon, is a tease," Ross said. "That's obviously going to play a huge role in a potential season four."
There's a Sneak Peek in a Cassette Player Bundle Sold at Walmart in the U S
American retailer Walmart is playing up the nostalgia of Stranger Things by selling an exclusive Crosley cassette player bundle, which includes the player itself, stickers to decorate the player, and two tapes labeled "Off the Record" and "Top Secret Do Not Share", which allegedly have a secret voicemail from a character sharing information about the upcoming season. Depending on how old you are, part of the challenge is figuring out how to operate it! But fear not, it's fully operational with an AM/FM radio and Bluetooth.
The Episode Titles Have Us on the Edge of Our Seats
On Stranger Things Day, Netflix released a video revealing all nine titles of the new Stranger Things episodes, including "The Hellfire Club", "Vecna's Curse", "The Monster and the Superhero", "Dear Billy", "The Nina Project", "The Dive," "The Massacre at Hawkins Lab", "Papa", and "The Piggyback". While we're happy to have a whole new season to look forward to, we can't help but have more questions than before. Who the heck is Vecna? And why do we already know "Papa" is going to make us cry? "In the spring of 1986, the adventure continues," the teaser says, and we're more than ready to hop on board.
Considering how many streaming records Stranger Things broke with its third season premiere, Netflix would have to be insane not to renew. That means you have no reason to worry — it's a matter of when the show is coming back, not if.