‘Stranger Things‘ is the great jewel in Netflix’s crown. There are others like ‘The Witcher’ or ‘The paper house’ that have also achieved enormous success, but the series created by the Duffer brothers has achieved an unprecedented impact throughout the three seasons that we have already seen.
Next, we are going to review everything that is known about season 4 of ‘Stranger Things’, one of the many Netflix productions that have been affected by the coronavirus crisis, since filming had begun for some time.
The Cast Stranger Things Season 4
As expected, Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Noah Schnapp (Will), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughin (Lucas), Winona Ryder (Joyce), Sadie Sink (Max), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan), Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Maya Hawke (Robin) and David Harbor (Hopper) will be back. For their part, Brett Gelman (Murray) and Priah Ferguson (Erica) go on to become series regular characters in this fourth season.
Among the novelties, it is known that Netflix planned to make at least four new characters, three of them being teenagers, although this was when the plots were still being closed, so some could have been finally discarded. In addition, Tom Wlaschiha, at the that many of you will remember for having given life to Jaqen H’ghar in ‘Game of Thrones’, he will get into the skin of a Soviet soldier.
The end of the third season left us with several issues to resolve :
- Eleven has lost her powers, will there be any way to regain them?
- The Byers family, accompanied by Eleven, have moved from the Hawkins. It is already official that the fourth season will not take place in that already mythical town of Indiana, but it remains to be seen where exactly this new batch of episodes of ‘Stranger Things’ will take place. It is already known that part of the filming will take place in the state of New Mexico.
- Everything points to that mysterious American referred to at the end of the third season is Hopper … but where did that other Demogorgon come from?
Another detail to note is that we already know the title of the first episode of this fourth season: “‘ The Hellfire Club. It sounds powerful, but drawing conclusions from it is a bit hasty.
As usual, the Duffer brothers themselves will be in charge of writing and directing the first episode of the fourth season.
The filming of season 4 started this past February in Lithuania – getting to use some locations already used by HBO for ‘Chernobyl’ -, moving to the United States at the beginning of March. The coronavirus crisis has led Netflix to paralyze recordings. At the moment it is planned to resume them in April, but we will have to see how the pandemic evolves before making a final decision.
In addition, Netflix has decided to pay the entire team their salaries during these two weeks of hiatus planned today. The question remains as to whether they will continue to opt for the same in case the break is extended further, something that seems inevitable today.
At the moment we have the teaser released by Netflix in mid-February 2020. Not that it reveals much about what lies ahead, but it does confirm what we all took for granted: the return of Hopper. Although things are not going to be exactly easy for him, since he is imprisoned in a gulag.
The Release Date
Quite a mystery today. On paper, the fourth season of ‘Stranger Things’ was shaping up to fill the gap left in the 2020 Christmas grid by ‘You’, whose third season will not arrive until 2021, but the coronavirus has fully impacted the series. With filming stalled, that will no doubt affect a release date that is more on the air than ever.
The Future Of The Series
The Duffer brothers pointed out at the time that the idea they were managing was to do four seasons before closing the series, but Shawn Levy, executive producer of the series and director of several episodes, revealed in April 2018 that the great doubt to be resolved was in know whether or not there would be a fifth season, but it was quite likely that it would.
Nothing has been known about it again, but it is not advisable to rule out a longer than usual season 4 divided into two batches that put an end to the series. Come on, the same thing Netflix did recently in the case of ‘BoJack Horseman’. After all, Ross Duffer went so far as to comment that four seasons seemed few but five too many …