*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
Now that we’ve fully consumed Stranger Things 3, there’s only one thing on our mind: When will the gang return for season four?
From the unknown premiere date to Chief Hopper’s fate, keep reading for everything we know about Stranger Things 4.
When Will 'Stranger Things 4' Air?
On September 30, 2019, Netflix confirmed that the popular series will return for another season. The streaming service announced the exciting news with an all-new video featuring the opening sequence. The clip concludes with the words “We’re not in Hawkins anymore.” Twist!
Unfortunately, Netflix didn’t say when Stranger Things 4 will be available for streaming, but hey, we’ll take what we can get.
How do I watch?
Stranger Things 4 will be exclusively available on Netflix. The streaming service requires a subscription, with prices ranging from $9/month for the Basic package to $16/month for the Premium plan.
How many episodes are in season four?
Similar to Stranger Things 3, many fans expect the forthcoming season to have eight episodes.
Who's starring in it?
Most of the original cast is expected to return, including Winona Ryder (Joyce), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Noah Schnapp (Will), Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan) and Joe Keery (Steve).
What about Chief Hopper?
Stranger Things 3 left us questioning Hopper’s fate. It all starts when he ventures into the Russian lab beneath the Starcourt Mall. The problem? The lab explodes, leaving Joyce and Eleven to question his survival.
In an interview with People magazine, David Harbour (Hopper) revealed that while he doesn’t know what the future holds for his character, he has faith that the show’s creators—Matt and Ross Duffer (aka the Duffer Brothers)—have something up their sleeve.
“I wish the best for the show no matter what,” he said. “And in terms of my involvement, I love the show, but we’ll have to see what happens moving forward. I don’t really know. The Duffers, I do believe, have a plan, but we’ll have to see what they have in mind.”
What's the plot?
We have several questions after the season three finale: Like what happened to Hopper? And how did the Russians get their hands on an American hostage…and a Demogorgon? Well, according to Ross Duffer, the new episodes will not only be “very different,” but they’ll also tie up loose ends.
“We have the big broad strokes. It’s just now about filling in those lines in the details,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “We’re pretty excited about where it’s potentially going to go. Again, like we said, it’s going to feel very different than this season. But I think that’s the right thing to do and I think it’ll be exciting.”
Will it take place in Hawkins?
At the end of Stranger Things 3, the Byers family—along with Eleven—moved away from Hawkins in search of, well, less drama. Although we don’t know much about the upcoming season, Matt Duffer hinted that it will expand much farther than the small Indiana town.
“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,” he said.
What's next after 'Stranger Things 4'?
Unfortunately, the Duffer Brothers previously revealed that Stranger Things will probably be “a four-season thing and then out.” However, executive producer Shawn Levy recently admitted that there might—we repeat, might—be an opportunity for Stranger Things 5.
“The truth is we’re definitely going four seasons and there’s very much the possibility of a fifth,” he told EW. “Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely.”