UPDATED: Listen to us talk about this news on Episode 406 of our podcast.
Enough with the teases and cryptic videos. We got some actual Stranger Things 4 news today, and it was a lot. I think that they knew fans were starving, so they took us to the metaphorical buffet. Let's starts with the when and the where.
The upcoming fourth season is being split into two volumes. The reasoning behind this seems to be so the Duffer Brothers can dive even deeper into the story. Before you get upset, and think you'll be waiting forever for both, here's the even better news. The first volume will premiere May 27th on Netflix, with the second dropping a couple of months later on July 1st. That is surprising, given the almost constant need to stretch series out as long as possible. So this news is actually pretty refreshing.
Now let's talk about where our favorite characters will be headed. You see the poster above, which is a bit of a mash-up of all of the locations. They are, in no particular order: Hawkins Lab, California, The Creel House and Russia. Based on the trailers that we have gotten so far, you kind of get an idea of who will be where at certain times. Once you see that, you can understand a bit more why the season needs to be split. Now we might learn more about where Hopper is being held captive. We might be able to dive even deeper into the mystery of The Creel House. This way, I hope, nothing will get pushed aside and everything can get it's (or their) moment to shine.
The Duffer Brothers also commented on the future of Stranger Things, and there is an end in sight...for this story anyway. Take a look:
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— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) February 17, 2022
So you can keep your fingers crossed for some spinoff series. We've already seen some of that in the comics, so I think that there is a good chance that we can get more. I also don't expect that to happen for another couple of years.
In case you missed it, here is the synopsis for Season 4 and some of the production credits: "
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 any 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.
Since its release in 2016, the global phenomenon Stranger Things has garnered over 65 award wins and 175 award nominations, including those from the Emmys, Golden Globes, Grammys, SAG, DGA, PGA, WGA, BAFTA, a Peabody Award, AFI Program of the Year, the People’s Choice Awards, MTV Movie & TV Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and many others. The three-time Emmy Award Nominee for Best Drama is one of Netflix’s most-watched titles, with Season 3 amassing 582 Million view hours ranking as the 2nd Most Popular English-language series in the Netflix Top 10, and Season 2 accounting for 427 Million view hours ranking at #10. Stranger Things was created by The Duffer Brothers and is produced by Monkey Massacre Productions & 21 Laps Entertainment. The Duffer Brothers serve as executive producers on the series, alongside Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps Entertainment, and Iain Paterson."
Obviously, more on this as it develops.
Photo Credit: Netflix