Originally Published September 8, 2021
Updated April 12, 2022
If you’re like us, you’ve been regularly asking, when does Stranger Things Season 4 come out?! The last season left us with so many questions. Not to mention it’s been over 2 years since Season 3’s finale was watched by most of us!
The good news is that the Stranger Things Season 4 release date is coming! The new season will be broken up into two pieces, with the first set of episodes premiering May 27, 2022, and the remaining episodes premiering July 1, 2022.
Haven’t seen the trailer yet? Check it out below!
Stranger Things 4 Trailer
Netflix’s 2021 TUDUM event didn’t reveal an actual release date as we originally hoped. But, fans did get a brand new trailer for the upcoming season. Check it out below.
Stranger Things Season 4 Filming
Filming on the upcoming season has reportedly wrapped in Atlanta, Georgia. Filming was originally supposed to take place in the spring of 2020. However, COVID caused the production to pause, and filming didn’t resume until late last year.
The first glimpse we got at Season 4 was earlier in 2020, on Valentine’s Day to be specific. The first trailer teased the return of David Harbour’s Hopper. Take a look below.
Despite what appeared to be a tragic exit from the series in the Season 3 finale, the above trailer gave us the first spoiler that Hopper would return.
Harbour has addressed his involvement in the upcoming season in numerous interviews. But one of our favorites was with Entertainment Tonight, where here said: “There’s one thing in it that plays very big in this season that I’ve known since the first frame of the first season. Me and the Duffers (Creators, Matt and Ross Duffer) would sit around and speculate, ‘Oh, wouldn’t this be cool?’ the minute we started shooting. We never thought we’d even get a second season, and then we get to do it in this season.”
Updated October 17, 2021
Harbour also made an appearance at New York Comic-Con, and further teased a “tremendous arc of redemption” for Jim Hopper.
He went on to say, “There’s a rebirth to him this season and a coming to terms with this toxicity that he’s carried around and this trauma, really, which is where it comes from, and him struggling with that.
Hmmm…. what are your theories on what we will see with Hopper? We do know that we’ll be getting a lot of Hopper’s backstory in the new season. And we can’t wait for it!
The Season 4 Cast
Fans can expect for the core characters to return for the new episodes: Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Will (Noah Schnapp), and Max (Sadie Sink). Also returning Steve (Joe Keery), Nancy (Natalia Dyer), Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), Robin (Maya Hawke) and Joyce (Winona Ryder).
Fans can also expect for Karen Wheeler (Cara Buono) and Erica Sinclair (Priah Ferguson) to return. And there are more than a few fan theories around the possibility of Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine) returning as well. However, nothing has been confirmed.
We also know that Murray Bauman (Brett Gelman) is in at least one episode, the first episode of Stranger Things Season 4, according to IMDB.
The official Twitter account for the series also revealed that we’re getting some new names joining the cast for Season 4. Fans will meet Myles Truitt, who will play Patrick, a Hawkin’s High basketball player. We don’t know much about Patrick other than his life will be “spiraling out of control” after a series of “shocking events”.
Amybeth McNulty is also joining the cast and will play Vickie, who we already love after reading her description. Vickie will be “a cool, fast-talking band nerd who catches the eye of one of our beloved heroes.”
Horror icon, Robert Englund, best known for his role as Freddy Krueger is also joining Season 4. He will have a recurring role as Victor Creel. Victor is described as an intimidating and disturbed man who is in a psychiatric hospital for a gruesome murder in the 1950s.
How Many Episodes Will There Be in Season 4?
We’re assuming that there will be between 8 and 9 episodes in the new season. The writers of the series posted a photo to Twitter in June of 2020. The caption noted that they had finished writing the season. In the photo itself, we saw 9 scripts sitting on a desk.
The First Episode of Season 4
Stranger Things Season 4 episode list has been updated on IMDB to include the name of first episode of the new season, The Hellfire Club.
We had earlier made the assumption that there would be between 8 and 9 episodes based on previous seasons of the series, but we’re now seeing 9 episodes listed (8 of which are still unnamed) for the upcoming season according to IMDB.
Updated November 7, 2021
On Stranger Things Day 2021 (November 6, 2021), Netflix released a series of new videos, one of which included all the new episode names for Season 4. Check it out below.
Will There Be a Stranger Things Season 5?
We’re having to wait a bit longer than we’d like for Stranger Things 4, but we know it will be worth it. Our biggest concern – will there be a Stranger Things Season 5? Or will this be the closing chapter for our favorite characters? As the core cast members (Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, and Finn Wolfhard) aren’t going to be believable as kids much longer. But maybe that’s okay too!
Updated February 22, 2022
The good news is there will be a Stranger Things Season 5, but it will be the last season of the series. With the announcement of the Season 4 premiere dates on February 17, Netflix also released a letter from series creators, Matt and Ross Duffer.
Can’t wait until the Season 4 premiere? Take yourself on a tour of Stranger Things filming locations and recreate some of your favorite scenes!