Every Question You Have About Stranger Things Season 4, Answered

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Stranger Things season four has some big questions to answer following season three's explosive 77-minute finale, 'The Battle of Starcourt'.

But despair not, friends. The Netflix sci-fi horror will eventually be back for season four, which means all of those loose ends you've been losing sleep over will eventually be ironed out.

Join us as we don our brightest '80s-themed clothing, fire up the electropop and dive into all things Hawkins, Indiana – here's everything you need to know about Stranger Things season four.

Stranger Things season 4 release date: When will it air?

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As of January 2022, there's still no news on when Stranger Things 4 will be released beyond that previously-stated Summer 2022 window. However, filming has wrapped, so hopefully it's not too far away now.

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Producer Shawn Levy appreciates that season four is taking longer than anyone expected, including him, but he promises that it's "worth the wait".

Stranger Things season 4 cast: Who's returning?

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The series wouldn't be the show it is without its colourful, larger-than-life cast, so expect this lot back on your screens once again: Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Will (Noah Schnapp), Max (Sadie Sink), Steve (Joe Keery), Nancy (Natalia Dyer), Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), Robin (Maya Hawke) and Joyce (Winona Ryder), among others.

We all now know that David Harbour will be returning as Hopper, despite that seemingly tragic end to season three. Chatting to Total Film, Harbour explained that his character "had to change" and "resurrect in some way", adding: "So we'll see a very different guy going forwards. The same guy but in a different vein. It's a very cool thing to be able to play."

While it's still unclear how his character survived, Harbour has revealed that season four will reveal more of his backstory in a call back to season two where Eleven found boxes in Hopper's attic labelled "dad", "Vietnam" and "New York".

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Speaking at Liverpool Comic-Con, the actor said: "In season four we will give you a big, huge reveal about Hopper's backstory, which we haven't really told you about... we're gonna express it in a big way.

"It's my favourite thing about him that you guys don't know about him yet, but it has to do with these backstories of New York, Vietnam, and dad."

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in October, Harbour also teased what fans should expect in the new season. "I think I have the best storyline... What we're trying to do, as we elaborate this thing, [is] to draw it back and make sure that we don't have an endgame like some of us thought about, that show Lost... 'What happened to the polar bear?!'" he said.

"We're trying to draw in, so the [elements of the storyline] start to come to a head and become a complete piece. Season 4 lays a lot of pipe for that."

As Lost fans will know, Harbour's polar bear comment references the frustrating unanswered questions about the furry beasts that wandered around the tropical island in the cult series.

It's also been confirmed via the official Stranger Things Twitter account that the hit series will be welcoming some new faces for season four – including stars of The CW's Black Lightning and Netflix's Anne with an E.

Myles Truitt will take on the role of Hawkins' basketball player Patrick, whose life will end up "spiraling out of control" following some "shocking events", while

Amybeth McNulty will play Vickie, described as "a cool, fast-talking band nerd who catches the eye of one of our beloved heroes".

"I was one of the first people in my friend group to watch the first season of Stranger Things," she told The Times. "When I got cast, it came out of the blue. I screamed, cried and got very excited."

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Elsewhere,

Regina Ting Chen (Queen of the South) is going to be guidance counsellor Ms Kelly, who cares deeply about her students, and

Grace Van Dien (Lady Driver) will play Hawkins' High lead cheerleader and popular girl Chrissy – although all might not be as it seems, because "beneath the seemingly perfect surface lies a dark secret".

They join another batch of brand new cast members, announced all the way back in November 2020:

Robert Englund, aka that most '80s of wisecracking serial-killer burns victims Freddy Krueger, will play Victor Creel, "a disturbed and intimidating man who is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital".

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Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H'ghar) is Dmitri, a "smart and charming Russian prison guard".

Mason Dye from Teenwolf is Jason Carver, "a handsome, rich athlete dating the most popular girl in school" (can't wait to see what Steve Harrington thinks of him).

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Jamie Campbell Bower from the Twilight Saga (and the young Grindelwald in Harry Potter) is Peter Ballard, "a caring man who works as an orderly at a psychiatric hospital".

Eduardo Franco (Booksmart) plays Argyle, "a fun-loving stoner, pizza delivery boy and Jonathan's new best friend".

Sherman Augustus is Lt Colonel Sullivan, "a no-nonsense man who believes he knows how to stop the evil in Hawkins." (ie: He's a badass military man. There will be clashes, should he encounter Hopper).

Nikola Djuricko will play Yuri, "an unpredictable Russian smuggler who loves bad jokes, cold hard cash, and crunchy style peanut butter". We like him already.

And British actor

Joseph Quinn takes the role of Eddie Munson, "the head of the Hawkins High official D&D Club, The Hellfire Club".

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Joel Stoffer (Enoch) has also been cast in a role that is currently under wraps.

Speaking to Comicbook.com back in July 2020, Stoffer said: "I've got a role that we haven't shot yet on Stranger Things. I don't expect it to become anything like long term... I was sent the pages of my scene and I didn't know any of the actors or I didn't recognise any names in my scene."

As for returning faces, Dr Sam Owens (Paul Reiser), who works for the US Department of Energy and was appointed Director of Operations at Hawkins Lab following the exit of Dr Martin Brenner, made a season three comeback.

He was previously tasked with investigating the Gate to the Upside Down in a bid to prevent it from causing mass destruction, and he was the one who helped Hopper adopt Eleven.

The fact that he was reintroduced following yet more Gate-related drama, not to mention the growing Soviet threat, suggests that he will play a role in the next instalment. We really hope that he stays as a good guy because it was a great relief when he turned out not to be a villain in the mould of Brenner after all, despite Reiser having played the ultimate '80s nice-guy-turned-sleazebag in Aliens.

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And speaking of Brenner – the silver-haired research scientist and former head of Hawkins Lab who pushed Eleven too far during their experiments and ultimately caused her to open the Gate – will he also be reintroduced? It would be nice to have a sinister white-coated government spook/scientist guy back on the scene.

Brenner was attacked by a Demogorgon in season one, but we didn't actually see him die, which feels like a deliberate decision.

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Oh – and one more thing: Priah Ferguson has been bumped to series regular status for season four, because obviously. So prepare yourself for maximum sass, nerds.

We can hardly wait.

Stranger Things season 4 spoilers and plot: What will happen?

"Honestly, the scripts are great," Natalia Dyer told The Independent when asked about the upcoming episodes.

"Every time we end a season, we all think, 'Where is this going to go? Where can this possibly go?' Then we get the scripts for the next season and we're like, 'Oh my god, wow, like, wow!'"

She added: "It's going to be really big. It's going to be big!"

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Season three wrapped up on an extremely emotional note. Joyce, Will and Jonathan packed up their home in Hawkins and jumped in a removals van with Eleven in tow following Hopper's death (which wasn't actually a death).

"It's not all good news for our 'American'; he is imprisoned far from home in the snowy wasteland of Kamchatka, where he will face dangers both human... and other," reads Netflix's official synopsis.

"Meanwhile, back in the States, a new horror is beginning to surface, something long-buried, something that connects everything..."

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There's also one very big change: Eleven has seemingly lost her powers, unable to even lift her teddy bear off the top shelf of her wardrobe.

But we're with Mike. Her psychokinetic abilities will surely return. We hope. We think. Right? Guys?!

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Then there's that scene right at the end. While the Gate looked like it had been shut, with another season (or two) to go, surely that's not the last we've seen of it?

The Soviets, despite suffering a colossal setback, are not done yet. They have a Demogorgon in captivity – is that evidence that the Gate hasn't been properly shut, but simply stalled? Or are Demogorgons able to open their own mini Gates/tears in the fabric of reality?

And we don't actually know what the Soviets are planning – an army of Demogorgons, perhaps?

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The Duffers revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that season four is "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".

Well, a teaser released way back in September 2019 did say: "We're not in Hawkins any more…" and a subsequent trailer revealed that the Byers family and Eleven are now in sunny California.

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The Stranger Things team had previously confirmed in late 2020 that the title of the first episode of season four is 'The Hellfire Club'.

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Now all of the titles have been revealed for season 4's nine episodes, and they are:

  • 'The Hellfire Club'
  • 'Vecna's Curse'
  • 'The Monster and the Superhero'
  • 'Dear Billy'
  • 'The Tina Project'
  • 'The Dive'
  • 'The Massacre at Hawkins Lab'
  • 'Papa'
  • 'The Piggyback'

    The Hellfire Club was the name of a group of villains in the X-Men comics, led by Emma Frost. Meanwhile 'Dear Billy' is likely in reference to Max's now-deceased brother, Billy Baton (Dacre Montgomery), who turned evil in season 3, only to sacrifice himself at the last minute to protect Eleven and the gang. So perhaps she'll be mourning him in this episode, and could that mean we'll see some flashbacks and a cameo from Dacre as Billy?

    Finally, 'Papa' is the name Eleven used to refer to her evil father, Dr Martin Bremer (Matthew Modine), who we haven't seen on screen since the end of season 1 where he was presumed killed by the Demogorgon. He then popped up in a hallucination in season 2, during THAT controversial episode, with Eleven's similarly super-powered siblings. So this episode title hints at a likely return from the villain, or perhaps it could be Eleven being reunited with her real adoptive 'Papa', Hopper.

    And, believe it or not, talk has started around how Netflix's smash hit show will eventually end. Speculation has been rife that season four might be the last – whether dropped all in one go, as usual, or split into two halves (via an Independent report), essentially giving us one more season after the upcoming instalment.

    Creators Matt and Ross Duffer have admitted that they already know how the Netflix series is going to wrap up – and they have done for quite some time.

    "We like to look at each season as kind of its own complete story," Matt told Deadline. "We do have a pretty large mythology [...] and season by season, we're turning the page and revealing a little bit more and more. So we do have a general sense of where we're going. We've known the ending of the show for quite a while."

    And you can expect to see the show's endgame seeded in season four (which has been confirmed as NOT being the series' final instalment). "We know what the end is, and we know when it is," Ross Duffer said (via CNN). "[The pandemic] has given us time to look ahead, figure out what is best for the show. Starting to fill that out gave us a better idea of how long we need to tell that story."

    Chatting to Collider, Levy said that the end is "in sight", adding: "There is a plan and that too will be shared not quite as soon as a sense of when season four is coming out, but soon enough. I can say this. No-one's making it up as we go along and there is an endgame, if you will."

    Millie Bobby Brown's been spotted on set in a hospital gown, which obviously references Eleven's very first appearance on the series. Now, we know that the Duffer brothers have said season four isn't the final series. However, that's the kind of lovely circular narrative reference that normally appears at the end of a story. But we digress…

    During Netflix's TUDUM event in September 2021, fans were teased with a first-look clip of what's to come, with the gang entering a spooky mansion known as Creel House.

    The team are clearly on a ghost-hunting mission, but flashbacks reveal that there was a serial murder there back in the 60s. In something straight out of Amityville Horror and American Horror Story: Murder House, a husband and wife and their two children see their dream house become a nightmare with strange goings-on.

    It eventually leads to the death of, at least, the son and daughter, with the husband standing over their dead bodies in the hallway. This man we know will feature prominently in season four, and will be played by Robert Englund.

    But Steve and Dustin aren't deterred by the house's history, and their break-in seems to have some connection to a spooky grandfather clock in the loft...

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    Stranger Things spin-offs: What's next?

    Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos described Stranger Things as a "franchise being born" during a Vox media conference that took place recently (via Deadline). The publication also reported that there is chatter about Brown potentially heading up an "extension of the Duffer Bros universe" as part of her own Netflix deal. Wowza.

    The creators of the show have certainly constructed a vast, layered universe with plenty of stories and scope, and given just how successful it has been for the streamer, the company will want to keep the ball rolling for the foreseeable.

    There's long been speculation that one spin-off will focus on Eleven, but as of yet, there has been no confirmation of the rumour by Netflix. So your guess is as good as ours.

    However, there has been developments outside of the TV series, with Maya Hawke's Robin getting her own podcast series, as well as her own story in a novel, Rebel Robin.

    This is not the first book to be released in line with the series. There's also a graphic novel collection to accompany the series, including one about a girl named Six, who was also part of the experiment Eleven was involved in. A prequel story named Suspicious Minds has also been released.

    Stranger Things 4: Is there a trailer?

    Unfortunately there's no news on a trailer just yet – but check back in and we'll update you as soon as there is one.

    Hopefully we'll be seeing it sooner rather than later.

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