It took nearly a year from Stranger Things Season 2 to get the first teaser for Season 3, and then ANOTHER year to get the season itself, so to be greeted with the “Stranger Things 4” logo in just three months makes this the fastest the show has ever moved.
The initial exhilaration of seeing this logo, before it gets devoured by Upside Down vines, soon finds itself tempered by a realization: “So the show is coming back……wait a minute…..WHAT show?”
The Duffers took everything people loved about the series and blew it all to hell in the last twenty minutes of Season 3. The camaraderie of the core gang, the mysterious powers of Eleven, and the ENTIRETY of Jim Hopper. You are never given a guarantee that a season will be good, but after how excellent the majority of Season 3 turned out to be, we have NEVER been more nervous about the future of this series.
The show has only ventured outside of its home town ONCE, which was approximately Season 2 Episode 7….and it didn’t go over very well. Yet that is precisely the direction the Duffers are steering everything. “WE’RE….NOT….IN….HAWKINS….ANYMORE,” it spits out, if there was any doubt left at this point. Switching up the scenery is a giant gamble, and it’s just one of many.
Your guess is as good as ours when we could get Stranger Things Season 4. Our theory is that, since the previous three seasons have been seasonally themed, and spring is the one season they haven’t done yet, we might get Season 4 in the spring. In addition, March 1986 was when Halley’s Comet was last seen by Earth…it would just be perfect timing to work the comet into the storyline.
There are three things we DO know….you don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit in the wind, and you DON’T mess around with Jim. Unfortunately, they’ve messed around with Jim.