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Stranger Things season 4 release date - when does the hit Netflix series return?

Here is everything we know about The Stranger Things season 4 release date, trailer, cast, plot and more. So buckle in and get ready to binge some Netflix

Stranger Things season 4 release date: the upside down

When is the Stranger Things season 4 release date? Creators the Duffer Brothers have produced a Netflix series that marries adventure, science fiction, fantasy, adventure, and horror with just a little hint of romance all blended into one super series. Unsurprisingly, after three seasons, we are desperate to head back to Hawkins.

Following the epic finale of season 3, ‘The Battle of Starcourt’, viewers were left with a lot of unanswered questions about what will happen next in Hawkins, Indiana. Not only that, but there’s no doubt been some serious cravings for that sweet, sweet ‘80s sci-fi in our lives.

Luckily for you, we’ve been probing the internet, like the Hawkins lab into the Upside Down, to gather you every scrap of information we can find about when it’s coming, who will be in it, and what we can expect from the story of Stranger Things 4. So, while mornings are for coffee and contemplation, right now it’s time to find out all about the Stranger Things season 4 release date.

Stranger Things season 4 release date

Netflix has confirmed that Stranger Things season 4 part 1 will release on May 27. Part 2, then, is coming July 1. This was announced via shiny new poster on February 17.

Production was delayed thanks to the pandemic, and some radio silence did suggest we’d be waiting longer than we’d like. Luckily it looks like everything is on schedule and the series will drop on the streaming service in a couple of months (yay!).

Stranger Things season 4 plot

We’ve had quite a bit of insight into the story of the season, courtesy of the various teasers that have come out. The big thing we learned recently is that every episode in season 4 is going to be over an hour long, which means there’s going to be plenty for fans to feast on.

A new trailer for Stranger Things season 4 dropped on April 12, which gave us a huge insight into what to expect from the forthcoming season. In the trailer, there is a massive war against the Upside Down raging, and Eleven is the key to winning that war.

Stranger Things season 4 plot reveals new demogorgon

The problem is, Eleven, the Byers family, and Mike have all relocated to escape the trauma of Hawkins. But, with their friends in the “eye of the storm”, there’s no doubt the young heroes will be pulled back into the heart of the action.

We also got a glimpse as to what Hopper has been up to over in Russia, and it looks like the demogorgon have evolved into something far more sinister. A very creepy looking human hybrid version of the original demogorgon appears to be the result of some kind of experiment, and it can even speak like a human!

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This first-look footage points towards two things, in particular, the return of Dr Brenner (Matthew Modine) and a deeper look into Eleven’s origin story. We’re taken once again to the Hawkins’ laboratory where Eleven spent most of her life, but this time it seems we’ll be learning more about the other test subjects in the lab who seem to also possess supernatural powers.

As mentioned, it seems alongside the Hawkins lab we’ll also be getting a re-introduction to Dr Brenner, better known to viewers as ‘Papa’.

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Fans have been waiting for answers about Eleven’s past, but until now, the show’s only teased us with tantalising hints during flashbacks. We have met Eleven’s so-called ‘sister’ in season two and are still waiting to find out what that was about. Perhaps season four will provide the answers.

While promoting Black Widow David Harbour also let a few plot details slip. “We get to see a lot of Hopper at his most vulnerable, we’re gonna reveal a lot of backstory points that we’ve only hinted at in boxes in his attic,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “We’re gonna see a lot of these different threads, and also, we get to see a rebirth of him.”

Apparently one of Hopper’s secrets, that Harbour has known since season 1, will be revealed as well which will change how we see Hopper. Intriguing!

One of the executive producers, Shawn Levy, commented that it’s more “epic” than the previous trilogy. “It’s still rooted in character, but the scope of the storytelling is more epic and cinematic than we’ve ever attempted before,” he says.

Is there a Stranger Things season 4 trailer?

The very first teaser trailer for Stranger Things season 4 came out on Valentine’s Day 2020 called, ‘From Russia with love…’. And, it let us in on some huge news. As we cast our eyes over a snowy expanse, we see guards watching over workers.

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One of which is Jim Hopper (David Harbour) who was presumed dead after the end of season three. Perhaps this means our heroes will be forced to travel to the USSR to rescue Eleven’s dear adopted dad.

In April 2022, we got a full trailer, that had all sorts of hints at the lives the kids are leading and what’s coming. It all looks very ominous, and dare we say, strange…

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Production was completed during the summer. Noah Schnapp, who plays Will Byers, says filming is done, and another teaser is on its way. “We just finished last week – yeah we’re done,” he says. “We’ve been filming forever! And we’re finally done. They’re putting together another teaser.”

At the Netflix global fan event Tudum, the Duffer Brothers and cast shared a new creepy teaser titled, “Creel House, which takes the kids into a spooky haunted house.

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Stranger Things season 4 cast

The cast we know and love will all be back for Stranger Things 4. That means Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Noah Schnapp (Will), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Sadie Sink (Max), Winona Ryder (Joyce), David Harbour (Jim), Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan), Joe Keery (Steve), and Maya Hawke (Robin).

In true upside-down fashion, the newest cast members have been revealed with portraits on the show’s official Instagram page that are, you guessed it, upside down.

Here is the cast list for Stranger Things season 4:

  • Robert Englund as Victor Creel (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
  • Eduardo Franco as Argyle (Booksmart)
  • Jamie Campbell Bower as Peter Ballard (Sweeney Todd: The
  • Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
  • Sherman Augustus as Lt. Colonel Sullivan (Virus)
  • Mason Dye as Jason Carver (Flowers in the Attic)
  • Tom Wlaschiha as Dmitrti (Game of Thrones)
  • Nikola Djuricko as Yuri (In the Land of Blood and Honey)
  • Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson (Overlord

There’s a bit more about each of the new character’s storylines on the Instagram post, should you wish to delve a little further.

Variety has also confirmed that Regina Ting Chen (Queen of the South), Myles Truitt (Kin), Grace Van Dien (The Village), and Amybeth McNulty (Anne with an E) will be playing four new recurring characters.

Chen will be playing Ms Kelly, a popular guidance counsellor, while Truitt and Van Dien will play Patrick and Chrissy, respectively, two teens who seem to have perfect lives until they get involved with the dark going on in Hawkins.

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Finally, McNulty will play newcomer Vickie, a “fast-talking band nerd” who is set to be a potential new love interest for one of the show’s original characters.

Stranger Things: the demogorgon in the Netflix show

So, that’s about all we’ve got for now. We know Stranger Things season 4 is coming. We’ve got ourselves some new cast members and some very eerie teaser trailers. We’ll just have to hold our breaths whilst we wait, or maybe binge-watch all eight episodes of season 3 instead. OK, fine, and seasons 1 and 2.

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