Whether you’re like most of Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things viewers, you’ve probably either finished the third season already, or you’re well on your way there. As with the supernatural series ‘first two seasons, season 3 takes its main storyline to a satisfying end throughout its eight episodes, thus leaving a few new threads dangling for the future.
Unless the series wasn’t picked up for the fourth season of monster-filled adventure, it would have been shocking considering its overwhelming success with viewers. In reality, as if a renewal was a foregone conclusion all along, several people, both associated with the show and not, talked about next season.
In addition to the inevitable wave of fan theories that started circulating across the internet almost as soon as Netflix dropped season 3, the show’s writers and producers — as well as a few cast members — have already begun to explore what’s next for the former Hawkins Middle School AV Club members, along with their friends and family.
There is no news on the release date of a Stranger Things season 4. There are a few hints out there; however, that indicates when the hit show could come back to Netflix.
The series has already started shooting, as reported in a press release from both Netflix and the Duffer Brothers. Seeing as season 3 went before the cameras in April 2018 for a launch in July 2019, the new season arriving in June 2021 will see a similar 15-month production timeline.
The cast of season 4 will consist of:
- Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven
- Finn Wolfhard as Mike
- Winona Ryder as Joyce
- Noah Schnapp as Will
- Caleb Mclaughlin as Lucas
- Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin
- Natalia Dyer as Nancy
- Charlie Heaton as Jonathan
- Maya Hawke as Robin
- Joe Keery as Steve
Fan Theories & Spoilers:
The role of the Soviets in season 3 was kept under wraps until Netflix pulled the series, so don’t anticipate any big reveals about the Stranger Things season 4 storyline for a long time yet. However, one of the most critical issues that we have right now concerns when the next season is scheduled. Not just the month – as we spoke about above – but the year too.
The first three seasons were set in November 1983, October 1984, and July 1985, respectively, so if Stranger Things season 4 took place the following year, in 1986, it would be continuing with an existing trend. Yet we wouldn’t be surprised if the series gave a full miss in 1986 and sprung straight on to 1987.
It’s not like we have anything against the year that gave us Top Gun and Aliens – and both will be ripe for the kind of Back to the Future Easter egg treatment we got in season 3. Instead, this hypothesis owes more to the fact that in real-life, the teenage cast is aging considerably faster than in the film.
While in Hawkins time, just 20 months have passed since the story started for Eleven, Mike, Dustin, and the rest, the actors have aged in the real world for more than three years – and it will be at least another 18 months until we see them in action again. Increasing the seasonal in-show gap would be an excellent way to tackle the older stars – particularly because Shawn Levy says the creative team of the show can’t work to produce episodes faster.