Yesterday’s post of the Stranger Things 4 trailer generated a discussion in the comments section about who could possibly croak in the upcoming finale. Some readers were more pessimistic than others, but nothing topped this:
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Three thoughts going into the Stranger Things 4 season finale:
T-minus 17 days until we get the extremely long missing episodes from Season 4 of Stranger Things. According to recent comments from the Duffers, the delay isn’t Netflix holding the episodes on purpose — they’re really still in the editing bay. A handful of screens were published today from episodes Eight and Nine. I’ll just say right up that they reveal almost nothing about where we last left the characters, with one exception…which I’ll point out when we get to it.
This morning, Netflix put the first eight minutes of Stranger Things Season 4 on their YouTube channel. That’s right — one week ahead of their official release, you can see these eight minutes for free. How can they afford to do that (especially now)? Well, they have a lot more where that came from.
Might Season 4 of Stranger Things….actually come out?? We’re just as surprised as you. This full trailer shows off, for the first time in a LONG time, a completely new season with new threats, new situations and a brand-new villain…at least we think.
Despite the real-world timespan of three years between the last season of Stranger Things and this one, only a few months will have passed within the show. Season 3 took place in the summer of 1985 and Season 4 will happen in the spring of 1986. How will the Duffer Brothers disguise the sudden and unexplained growth spurt of all the child characters? These new screenshots provide a hint…they’ll just make the lighting on the sets so dark that you can’t tell how old they are!
As of today, there are TWO new teaser videos for Stranger Things 4. Why two? Because today is what Netflix declared “Stranger Things Day” as it’s the day in 1983 the series officially started in.
Netflic is trying something different: instead of releasing trailers for their upcoming shows one at a time, like they normally do, they pooled a bunch of their heaviest hitters together and released all their trailers at once in an event they’ve dubbed TUDUM, after the noise Netflix makes when you turn it on. I personally would have found another name, as TUDUM looks dangerously close to TEDIUM, but we’ll have to save that snark for another day. We got a decent amount of valuable news out of this.
Were you assuming we’d be getting the fourth season of Stranger Things sometime this fall? So was I, but it goes to show how much assumptions are worth. Another teaser was released by Netflix today and it finally hammers down a release window for the season….kind of. It simply says “2022” which means we’ve got a wait of at LEAST another six months.
Netflix is currently sending out a series of press announcements it calls “Geeked Week” — there will be something new revealed about a popular Netflix series every day. Wednesday was the day for Stranger Things and the company’s announcement was four unrevealed characters for Season 4. New characters were already announced for this season months ago, but apparently that wasn’t enough. And we’re talking about Stranger Things here; the most recent season (from 2019) barely had any time to squeeze in the zillions of characters it has already.
It’s been a long looooong time since we last heard from Stranger Things — and though the delay was unavoidable for everyone, it’s kind of a problem when you’re producing a show whose stars are child actors. Even worse when it’s a period piece. Recent photos of Millie Bobby Brown have her looking like she’s 20 years old — boy, will Eleven have a growth spurt between 1985 and 1986.
I could be crazy, but I remember reading an interview with the Duffers awhile back where they said they didn’t want stunt casting on Stranger Things. Arguably they threw that out the window with Sean Astin, but it really hits home with this new hire: Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund. His character, Victor Creed, is described as “a disturbed and intimidating man who is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital for a gruesome murder in the 1950s.” It’s pretty close to the origins of Freddy, who was born in an asylum and then committed murders later. Then he died, and then he lashed a teenager to his own bed with a bunch of disembodied tongues! Okay, the similarities stop there.