It's been more than two and a half years since the fateful Battle of Starcourt, and after a much anticipated wait, season 4 of "Stranger Things" is finally coming our way.
Netflix officially dropped the trailer for season 4 on April 12, and it's safe to say this might be the most strange season yet.
After the big cliffhangers of season 3, fans of the hit Netflix sci-fi drama are ready to get some answers.
Set to the haunting melody of Journey's "Separate Ways (World Apart)," a rather fitting title, the trailer sees Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Max (Sadie Sink) as they enter high school in Hawkins, while Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Will (Noah Schnapp) start their lives in California, moving there in the aftermath of the season 3 finale.
Six months after battling the Mind Flayer, the group is still trying to adjust to normal life. All hopes of normalcy are soon cut short, however, as a new supernatural threat appears, forcing the gang to come face to face with the darkness of the Upside Down.
"A war is coming. Your friends in Hawkins are very much in the eye of a storm,” Eleven, who lost her telepathic abilities last season, is warned in the trailer. “I don’t know how to say this other than just to say it — without you, we can’t win this war.”
To many fans' relief, the latest trailer also reveals that Hopper (David Harbour) is alive, as he is imprisoned in Russia with a motley group of soldiers, who together must fight off a Demogorgon.
"It's time," a chilling voice says in the last few seconds of the trailer before showing what appears to be the main evil the "Stranger Things" gang will be going up against this season: a hybrid human-Demogorgon that can speak.
Since season 3 of the smash Netflix show came to a close, production on the new season was delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime though, Netflix began releasing multiple teasers to give fans a glimpse into what to expect for the upcoming season.
The first teaser released on Feb. 14, 2020, uncloaked the mystery surrounding Hopper's death, for fan's plagued by the uncertain fate of their beloved Hawkins police chief. Other clips showed Eleven trapped in a mental institution, characters investigating an old abandoned mansion, and the Byers new life in California.
On Feb. 17, the show's creators, The Duffer Brothers, announced that the fourth season of "Stranger Things" would not only be the penultimate season of the series, but that it would also be split up into two parts.
"Given the unprecedented length, and to get it to you as soon as possible, Season 4 will be released in two volumes," they wrote. "Volume One will release on May 27th; Volume Two will release five weeks later on July 1st,"
The Duffer Brothers confirmed that the show had already been renewed by Netflix for a fifth and final season.
"Seven years ago, we planned out the complete story arc for Stranger Things. At the time, we predicted the story would last four to five seasons," they wrote in a letter. "It proved too large to tell in four, but — as you'll soon see for yourselves — we are now hurtling toward our finale."
With shootouts, car crashes, and some big blasts, things are going to be more explosive in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana than ever before ... quite literally. So, "Stranger Things' fans strap on your seatbelts and get ready for the most intense ride to the Upside Down yet.
Part one of "Stranger Things' season 4 will be released May 27. The second part is set to follow on July 1.
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