It has been a protracted wait, however the official full trailer for the fourth season of Stranger Things is lastly right here. The trailer is ready to Journey’s “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” and it brings full-blown Lovecraftian horror vibes. We get a spooky home with a mysterious grandfather clock, spontaneous levitation, an eyeless outdated man, and a quick glimpse of a grotesque humanoid determine sprouting the oozing tentacles that function the calling card of the Upside Down. Yep, we’re right here for it.
(Spoilers for the primary three seasons under.)
Netflix has been releasing varied teasers for the final two years, every markedly completely different in tone—traditional Goonies, Scooby-Doo, all these ’80s John Hughes motion pictures—so it has been tough to get any actual sense of what S4 will probably be like, each tonally and by way of plot. We have previously reported that David Harbour is returning as Hopper, together with the remainder of the principle solid. Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), and Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield) all return.
We additionally know the fourth season is the primary to happen largely outdoors of Hawkins, since Eleven and the Byerses have moved away and Hopper is in a Russian jail. Maya Thurman Hawke returns as Robin, Brett Gelman is again as Murray Bauman, Cara Buono returns because the Wheeler matriarch, and we’ll be seeing extra of Priah Ferguson, who performs Lucas’ sassy youthful sister Erica. Among the many new solid members is Robert Englund of Nightmare on Elm Road fame, a pleasant little nod to traditional ’80s horror. Englund performs Victor Creel, the previous proprietor of the spooky Creel Home featured in one of many teasers.
Netflix additionally launched an expanded official premise:
It’s been six months for the reason that Battle of Starcourt, which introduced terror and destruction to Hawkins. Battling the aftermath, our group of mates are separated for the primary time—and navigating the complexities of highschool hasn’t made issues any simpler. On this most susceptible time, a brand new and horrifying supernatural risk surfaces, presenting a grotesque thriller that, if solved, may lastly put an finish to the horrors of the Upside Down.
We received extra perception into what’s in retailer when co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer recently spoke in regards to the new season at a Deadline Hollywood panel. For starters, S4 is the longest season but by way of working time; not considered one of its 9 episodes runs lower than an hour. (Prior seasons had the occasional shorter 35- to 45-minute episode, and episodes solely hardly ever ran previous one hour.) As a result of the principle characters have been break up up, there are three distinct storylines that have to be woven collectively, prompting the Duffer brothers to name S4 their “Recreation of Thrones season.”