There is the ultimate reason for you to get excited again: the hugely popular television series Stranger Things is finally coming back. Production has started officially on the fourth season with the whole cast reuniting for a table read. Shooting, however, was halted in March 2020 due to the pandemic restrictions before filming then resumed in mid-September 2020. While the new material doesn’t have an official release date as of yet, one can expect it to release in the first half of 2021.

Fans can expect most of their favourite characters to return, with more fascinating story arcs and darker locations all around, the new season of Stranger Things is sure building in on the right vibes. To assure you that we aren’t bluffing about it, here are Netflix’s official words from a press release: “We’re excited to officially confirm that production on Stranger Things four is now underway – and even more excited to announce the return of Hopper! Although it’s not all good news for our ‘American’; he is imprisoned far from home in the snowy wasteland of Kamchatka, where he will face dangers both human… and other. Meanwhile, back in the States, a new horror is beginning to surface, something long-buried, something that connects everything.”

That’s right, not only is Hopper alive and well after seemingly losing his life at the end of the third season, but there are certainly better places for him to be in. But who knows what’s more? Speaking with Vogue, Natalia Dyer mentioned that, in terms of Stranger Things season four, “while I can’t say a lot, except that it’s going to be a while before it comes out, it will definitely be worth it. It’s going to be really big.”

Here, we will break down everything – from probable release dates to returning casts – you need to know about the upcoming season of Stranger Things. No more waiting, hop on!

When will Stranger Things season four be released on Netflix?

While there hasn’t been any official release date given as of yet by the producers, as we said before, you can expect it to be among your streaming options on your Netflix by the end of the first half of the next year.

Of course, the good news is it has resumed filming after the pandemic pushed back production. But while season four won’t be the final one, the Stranger Things ending has been realised. “Season 4 won’t be the end,” Ross Duffer told THR, “We know what the end is, and we know when it is.”

Duffer also went on to explain how the pandemic has given the team extra time to map out the show’s conclusion and finish the script.

This only means — as the Duffer Brothers have said too — that Stranger Things is likely to end after its fifth season.

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What is the cast for Stranger Things season four?

In the teaser, Hopper can be seen working on building a railway track somewhere in a very cold and frosty environment, with Netflix adding: “We’re excited to officially confirm that production on Stranger Things four is now underway – and even more excited to announce the return of Hopper! Although it’s not all good news for our “American”; he is imprisoned far from home in the snowy wasteland of Kamchatka, where he will face dangers both human… and other. Meanwhile, back in the States, a new horror is beginning to surface, something long-buried, something that connects everything…”

Hopper’s new situation means the cast is likely to expand. In Matt Duffer’s interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said: “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 plot-lines into areas outside of Hawkins.”

Also, along with the clear inclusion of Hopper, expect most of the main cast to return, so Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Maya Hawke (Robin) and Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers).

Noah Schnapp has also confirmed he will definitely be returning as Will Byers, sharing his excitement for the next season with the Hollywood Reporter. “I look forward to this so much,” Schnapp said of the upcoming shoot. “It’s my favourite thing in the world, and I love working with these people. It’s like a family. I read the first four scripts and they are amazing. I can’t wait to see where they go with the rest of the season.”

Andrey Ivchenko, who portrayed the villain Grigori, has also hinted that he could return for season four. Whilst his character was seemingly killed off in the final episode of season three, he revealed at the San Diego Comic-Con that a return could be possible. He said: “It’s sci-fi, you know, so things can happen…For now, what I know is he’s dead. But who knows?”

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Has filming for Stranger Things season four started yet?

Yes, filming has begun in Rome, Georgia. The series has been also filming in Vilnius, Lithuania, with preparation starting in November before wrapping-up there on February 14. The show shot in locations across the country as well as the former century-old Lukiškes prison.

Continuing the expansion of the storyline, the cast and crew have also travelled to New Mexico to shoot a considerable portion of season four, according to Deadline. The specifics in terms of the plot beyond Atlanta remain under wraps.

However, the coronavirus pandemic caused filming in Atlanta to come to a halt in March 2020. Deadline reported that production was slated to restart the previous month, providing conditions remained safe for cast and crew. Netflix has declined to comment on the filming situation.

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What will happen in Stranger Things season four?

Taking Hopper to Russia should be a great jumping-off point for more adventures in this fictional universe. There have been many fan theories which suggest some pretty big ideas about the next edition of the show, hinting that a huge nuclear disaster is set to be at the forefront of the plot. The theory comes from the fact that season three drew to a close in October 1985, just six months before the April disaster in the following year. It also links together with the Russian spies introduced in the most recent season, with the new theory believing that the disaster could even be fabricated in an attempt to cover up a battle between Eleven and the spies.

In a July 2020 interview with Entertainment Weekly, creators the Duffer brothers teased more about the “portals” which may take the characters out of Hawkins, Indiana, into different worlds. “We have the big broad strokes,” Ross said. “It’s just now about filling in those lines in the details. We’re pretty excited about where it’s potentially going to go. Again, as 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.”

Matt added: “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 [or] in terms of special effects…but open up in terms of allowing portals into areas outside of Hawkins.”

He continued: “Assuming there’s a season four, obviously the question of who that American is in that cell and then also what they’re doing with the Demogorgon, is a tease…That’s obviously going to play a huge role in a potential season four.”

Clues pointing to some of the topics in the upcoming season could be contained in titles for some of the episodes. The official writer’s room Twitter has confirmed episode two will be titled Tick Tok Mr Clock, and episode three will be called You Snooze, You Lose. The first episode was previously confirmed to be called The Hellfire Club.

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Will season four of Stranger Things be the last season?

Nope, the Duffer Brothers have said that Stranger Things is likely to end after its fifth season In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in August, the showrunners also signalled they know when the series will finish up.

“Season four won’t be the end. We know what the end is, and we know when it is,” Ross Duffer said. “[The pandemic] has given us time to look ahead, figure out what is best for the show. Starting to fill that out gave us a better idea of how long we need to tell that story.

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