Stranger Things season four released its first volume on Netflix on May 27th, 2022, and will premiere the second volume on July 1st, 2022.
Created by the Duffer brothers, Matt and Ross, the fourth season has been gory, dark and scary. Set across three distinct locations, namely California, Hawkins and Kamchatka, Russia, the characters are seen battling evil in various forms. Hawkins, in particular, is haunted by the grotesque, nightmare-inducing Vecna, who kills off people in a horrific manner.
The seven episodes comprising the first volume end with a massive cliffhanger as Steve, Nancy, Robin and Eddie from the Hawkins gang are seen fighting evil bats in the Upside Down before being rescued by Dustin, Lucas, Max and Erica. However, the vicious attacks leave Steve badly injured. Though bandaged up, he seems to suffer the consequences of the bites, worrying fans about his fate in the show.
Fans are convinced that the Duffer brothers will kill off Steve Harrington after creating a beautiful and redemptive character arc across the four seasons. This, according to co-creator Matt Duffer, is “exciting”.
“Everybody’s always worried about Steve. I love it,” Duffer revealed. “We always have to beat Steve up somehow, so certainly the Demobats have done that job pretty well already this season.”
Ross, too, is “excited that people are concerned”. However, he ominously foreshadowed a brutal volume two and an even more violent fifth and final season by saying, “And they [the fans] should be concerned going into the final two episodes [of Season 4] — for everybody.”
Stranger Things will come to an end with season five, which is indeed bittersweet news for fans.
The fourth season stars Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, David Harbour, Winona Ryder, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Sadie Sink, Joe Keery, Charlie Heaton, Natalie Dyer, Maya Hawke, Robert Englund, Priah Ferguson and Jamie Campbell Bower, among others.
The first volume of season four has become an instant sensation, topping global charts and amassing record-breaking numbers.