Stranger Things Season 4 Plot, Trailer, and Release Date

“Stranger Things” season four will be released in two volumes on May 27 and July 1

After months of waiting, fans can finally watch the full trailer for season four of the hit Netflix show. The new trailer comes amid news that the series will wrap with season five. “This summer, every ending, has a beginning,” the trailer says, so it seems season four is setting up a massive finale for the show’s last season.

The trailer seem to give answers to some of the biggest questions from the season three finale, like who was the mysterious “American” and where did Joyce move her kids.

That certainly explains the distinctive tones of the previous teasers. As for the longer episodes, they were necessary because we’re finally going to learn more about the driving mythology behind the strange events in Hawkins—including the true nature of the Upside Down. Ross Duffer says the brothers wrote a 20-page document for Netflix when they were working on S1 and have been slowly revealing bits of it over the course of the series. “But this season, we really wanted to get into it and [reveal] some of those answers,” he said. “But to do that properly, we needed time, so it just became bigger and bigger.”

The sheer length of the run times prompted the brothers (with the concurrence of Netflix) to release S4 in two installments; they made the announcement in an open letter to fans back in February. As for the tone, the Duffer brothers said on a Netflix podcast that S4 would lean into a more mature kind of horror, given that the kids aren’t really kids anymore:

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But the question remains: will Eleven will ever recover her powers? Those mysteries will likely remain until the show returns with season four, but in the meantime, we’re here to speculate right along with you.

The series creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, have shared that season four will expand the show’s scope even further, outside of Hawkins, IN.

Stranger Things 4 | Official Trailer

This new trailer confirms all of that. It opens with an ominous, growling voiceover saying, “You’ve broken everything. Your suffering is almost at an end.” Then we cut to Max at Billy’s grave—recall that he sacrificed himself at the Starcourt Mall battle at the ripe old age of 18—giving him an update of how badly things are going. The Hawkins gang is trying to regroup after the tragic S3 finale and pretend everything is okay—not very successfully, although Lucas has sprouted into a high school basketball star. The Byers (and a powerless Eleven) are now in California, and it looks like Hopper is forced to battle a “demo-dog” in his Russian prison.

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Matt commented “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.”

As we wait for volume one of “Stranger Things” season four to drop, keep reading to preview what’s ahead!

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We also know the fourth season is the first to take place largely outside of Hawkins, since Eleven and the Byerses have moved away and Hopper is in a Russian prison. Maya Thurman Hawke returns as Robin, Brett Gelman is back as Murray Bauman, Cara Buono returns as the Wheeler matriarch, and we’ll be seeing more of Priah Ferguson, who plays Lucas’ sassy younger sister Erica. Among the new cast members is Robert Englund of Nightmare on Elm Street fame, a nice little nod to classic ’80s horror. Englund plays Victor Creel, the former owner of the spooky Creel House featured in one of the teaser

Part 1 of Stranger Things S4 releases on Netflix on May 27, 2022. Part 2 will premiere on July 1, 2022

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