Stranger Things season four released the first volume comprising seven episodes on May 27th and became an instant hit. The first volume smashed Netflix premiere records, amassing a whopping viewership of 286 million hours in the first weekend of its release.
The cast and crew have been teasing the “darkest season ever” for quite some time on their social media handles with behind-the-scenes photographs. The streak continues, and the executive producer Shawn Levy gave a sneak peek into the ‘Dear Billy’ episode from the fourth season, showing the filming.
In the first season, Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven, had shaved her head to play the part, much to the chagrin of her father. However, the 18-year-old donned a wig this time to transform into her past self.
Throughout the episodes, past-Eleven makes numerous appearances via present-Eleven’s memory flashbacks. While Martie Blair played the younger version of Eleven in the fourth season, Brown carefully guided Blair every step of the way as a young Eleven dealt with the pressure of being a late-blooming test subject under Dr Brenner at the Hawkins Lab.
Created by the Duffer brothers, Matt and Ross, the second volume will premiere on Netflix on July 1st, 2022, and will have two “mega-long episodes”.
Matt explained, “This season [Stranger Things season 4], we knew that Season 5 was going to be our last, we had to start revealing a lot.”
The fourth season was indeed gorier, darker and scarier than ever. It took place across three locations, namely Hawkins, California and Kamchatka in Russia. It also featured a nightmarish Vecna haunting the town of Hawkins and claiming lives while the Mind Flayer makes an epic return.
Talking about the upcoming two episodes, Levy has said they “are as emotional as they are cinematic. Holy shit, they are definitely a treat for the eyes, but they punch you right in the heart. So, that’s what I’ll say about that.”
The fourth season stars Brown, David Harbour, Winona Ryder, Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Joe Keery, Charlie Heaton, Natalia Dyer, Caleb McLaughlin, Sadie Sink, Gaten Matarazzo, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, Robert Englund, Jamie Campbell Bower, Brett Gelman, Matthew Modine and others in prominent roles.