The Stranger Things gang might be growing up, but they're certainly not going anywhere. After season one captured our Netflix-loving hearts, we were treated to season two, and most recently, season three.
The good news is, if you've binge-watched every bit of Stranger Things content that currently exists, Netflix have just confirmed Stranger Things season 4. Here's everything you need to know about it, from potential release date, fan theories, plot lines, and more. Exciting!
First things first, what happened in Stranger Things season 3?
If you need a recap from Stranger Things season 3, you're in luck. The series was set in the height of summer 1985—think swimming pools, shopping malls, and sunbathing. It's all fun and games until the inhabitants of Hawkins are faced with the giant spider-goo creation birthed out of the Mind Flayer, who attacks Eleven, Joyce, Hopper, Murray, and the gang while they're at Starcourt mall.
The final scenes see them fighting off the monster controlled by the Mind Flayer, with everyone from Nancy and Jonathan to Dustin's actually-real girlfriend Suzie having to play their part. There were some casualties along the way, though—Billy sacrifices himself to save Eleven, while viewers were left speculating about Hopper's fate at the Russian facility.
After they successfully see off the monster, Stranger Things season 3 flashes forward three months. Eleven is living with Joyce and The Byers, and her powers have still not returned following the fight. Agh!
Do we have a Stranger Things season 4 release date?
Sadly, no. Netflix only officially confirmed we were getting a series four with a cross-platform teaser trailer. And what's more? We're not in Hawkins anymore. Exciting! Where are the gang going?
There was a 20-month gap between season two and three, which suggests we may not be returning to the world of Stranger Things until 2021. Damn.
When will Stranger Things season 4 start filming?
Unclear! No word from Netflix or Stranger Things on this, but ComicBook.com say production begins in October 2019 thanks to a new listing from Production Weekly, which indicates that the new series will start filming ASAP.
Who will star in Stranger Things season 4?
Presumably Joe Keerey (Steve Harrington) and his beautiful, beautiful hair will also be back, alongside Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan), and Winona Ryder (Joyce). As for David Harbour as Chief Hopper? Who knows! Agh!
Season 3 of Stranger Things introduced us to new characters, including Bruce, Suzie, Patricia, and Mayor Larry Kline, so we can safely assume there'll be some new faces in the mix too.
Also, the chances are we haven't seen the last of Eleven's sister Kali, played by Linnea Berthelsen. "It feels weird to me that we wouldn't solve [Kali's] storyline," Matt Duffer told The Hollywood Reporter. "I would say chances are very high she comes back. [Millie Bobby Brown and Berthelsen] had, I think, a really powerful connection."
Speaking about her hopes for her character Robin in season 4, Maya Hawke told Consequence of Sound: "I wanna see her at the video store. So many of the great minds of the ‘80s and ‘80s filmmakers and creatives started out working in video stores, and as far as I know, that environment hasn’t really been explored on TV. I think that would be really fun."
What might happen in Stranger Things season 4?
Now this we can only speculate about. What do the fan theories say?
Is Hopper really dead? At the end of series three, we hear the Russian men talking about "the American," which suggests they had either captured him, or killed him. But some fans are wondering whether Hopper actually entered the Upside Down before it closed, which might explain why season 4 won't be set in Hawkins.
Where is the Demogorgon? Matt teased Hopper's survival—as well as a focus on the Demogorgon—in season 4, in a new interview with EW. "Assuming there’s a season 4, obviously the question of who that American is in that cell and then also what they’re doing with the Demogorgon, is a tease… That’s obviously going to play a huge role in a potential season four."
Will it be the last season? In the past, co-creator Ross Duffer said he thinks Stranger Things will be a four-season show, telling Variety, “We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out."
Will Eleven get her powers back? Or is she just a normal human now?
So many things we need to know.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.