The Long-Awaited Return of ‘Stranger Things’

The Fourth of July was forever changed when “Stranger Things” season three dropped on the holiday in 2019. Since then, fans have been waiting for more new episodes. The years have felt long and painful without seeing the Hawkins crew take on demogorgons, the Upside Down, Russian scientists and high school. But the time has finally come. 

On Nov. 6, Netflix released the trailer for “Stranger Things 4.” The trailer opens up with Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) narrating a letter she wrote to Mike (Finn Wolfhard) expressing how she is seemingly adapting to her new life in California. In the letter Eleven says she is enjoying school and even making friends. Although, the images of her being shoved by classmates and having spitballs thrown at her tell the audience she might be embellishing a bit. Viewers might be holding their breath anticipating the fate of those who mess with Eleven, but it’s important to remember that the end of season three left her powerless and now at the mercy of the worst villains of all — high schoolers. 

Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven. Courtesy of Netflix.

The trailer continues by showing other members of the Hawkins crew. Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) walks side by side with Eleven through the school hallway, still sporting his classic bowl cut while his brother Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) is blowing smoke out of his bedroom window. It seems like balance has been restored as Eleven writes that she is excited to see Mike over spring break. Unfortunately, Eleven’s “best spring break ever” doesn’t quite go according to plan. 

The trailer perfectly captures the essence of “Stranger Things” which has become a classic among TV watchers over the years. The 80’s flare and fashion, the sci-fi horror elements and the plot twists have all contributed to the massive fanbase that has been building since the show’s release in 2016. Paired with the typical teenage friendship and relationship drama, the show has continuously proven to be enjoyable for all age groups.

“Stranger Things” was yet another thing that the Covid-19 pandemic took from TV watchers, as production and news regarding the season were halted. However, with the drop of the latest trailer, Netflix stated that the new season is predicted to come out in summer 2022. While it’s not a precise date, fans will take what they can get. 

Joe Keery as Steve Harrington and Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson. Courtesy of Netflix.

In addition to a release date, the titles and number of episodes were also released. The season will consist of nine episodes, with the names of each episode listed below.

  1. “The Hellfire Club”
  2. “Vecna’s Curse”
  3. “The Monster and the Superhero”
  4. “Dear Billy”
  5. “The Nina Project”
  6. “The Dive”
  7. “The Massacre at Hawkin’s Lab”
  8. “Papa”
  9. “The Piggyback”

If the names are any indication of what to expect, it seems like viewers are in for quite the dramatic season. In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, actor Gaten Matarazzo who plays Dustin on the show admitted that the upcoming season might be the scariest one yet. It seems that as the characters are maturing, the show’s content is as well. 

Although Matarazzo’s character was missing in the latest trailer, viewers can expect to see him in season four. Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Max (Sadie Sink), Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Steve (Joe Keery), who were also missing in the trailer, are confirmed to be returning as well.  Additionally, a list of new characters joining the show has also been released. Among the new actors joining the beloved series are Robert Englund as Victor Creel, Eduardo Franco as Argyle, Jamie Campbell Bower as Peter Ballard and Mason Dye as Jason Carver. 

The latest trailer for “Stranger Things 4” has brought fans the long-awaited news they have been anticipating. Now that we have a predicted release date, episode names and a cast list, let the countdown to summer begin!

“Stranger Things 4” is expected to be released on Netflix in summer 2022. 

By Lily Williams

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