Stranger Things 4: When Will It Be Out, What Will Happen And Will Chief Hopper Be Back?

Sofi SheppardSofi Sheppard in Entertainment, Netflix, TV
Published 16.09.19

If you’re bonkers enough to have not seen the latest season of Stranger Things yet, then I suggest you go and watch it immediately and reframe from reading on, because there will be spoilers. You’ve been warned…

The incredible third season hit Netflix on July 4th and did not disappoint.

So for us who have been blessed with the new season, we’re all eager to find out what’s due to happen for the gang next, after the Mindflayer has finally been defeated.

So will there actually be a fourth season?

Yes, probably. It’s not been ‘hashtag confirmed’ by Netflix but in the past, one of the creators of the show, Ross Duffer said he thinks it’ll be a four season show, telling Variety:

“We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out.”


In response, the executive producer of the show, Shawn Levy said to Entertainment Weekly

“Hearts were heard breaking in Netflix headquarters when the Brothers made four seasons sound like an official end, and I was suddenly getting phone calls from our actors’ agents…the truth is we’re definitely going four seasons and there’s very much the possibility of a fifth. Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely.”

So more than likely, the story will continue for a fourth season, but beyond that, who knows.

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When is season 4 released?

As impatient as we all are, the next season hasn’t even officially been confirmed, not to mention filming hasn’t even begun yet, so we have a good while to wait.

However, there was a 20 month gap between seasons two and three so we may not be going on any more escapades with the Scoops Troop, or digging with Nancy and Jonathan until 2021 *sighs*.

Whist there isn’t a concrete release date lined up yet, one fan on Reddit seems to think that they’ve figured out when season 4 will premiere – and it’s a theory based on the drawings seen in Will’s room during the Netflix season 3 set tour (check it out below).

The drawing of a prisoner seen at 2:59 in the above video – which the fan reckons is of Hopper – has the number 403-X on the uniform. The number is the same number of the room in the hospital where Nancy visited Mrs. Driscoll in Season 3. Could 403 be a subtle reference to the release date of season 4? The Reddit fan certainly thinks so, guessing that season 4 will be released on April 3rd, 2020 (clever clogs).

A release date of April 3rd would fit nicely with season 4 apparently being set in 1986, the year of the Chernobyl disaster – playing to an existing fan theory that the events of Stranger Things will either affect or be effected by those in Chernobyl in the next season, hmmm…interesting…


Will Chief Hopper be in Stranger Things 4?

From the fate of Chief Hopper, to how exactly the Russians detained a Demogorgon, Stranger Things 3 left a lot of questions.

It’s unconfirmed what actually happened to Hopper (David Harbour) as we are led to believe that he died from the explosion in the Russian base. However, in the post-credits of season 3, there is a scene in a Russian prison where two guards point to a cell stating “not the American”. Was this perhaps a hint that Hopper survived the blast? (I HOPE SO!) Because ‘the American’ was a common phrase used by the Russian assassins for Hopper throughout the new season, so he could very well be secretly alive.

Reddit user TitanicMan has a few great arguments backing up his idea that Hopper didn’t die at the end as we were led to believe during the climax of the season. But he also explains what may happen in season 4 now that some characters have left the one place on Earth where the portal opened.

He said:

Stranger Things likes to keep story references to pop culture of the time period. Dungeons and dragons in season 1, Ghostbusters in season 2, Back To The Future in season 3 (I’ll get to that momentarily), and I think season 4 is going to do another time jump a few years ahead to account for the actors age differences. A few years later would place them in the early 90’s, I think they’re going to keep barking up the old school tree and Hopper and Joyce are going to be encountering a lot of X-Files like stuff and it’s probably going to be hinted at like the others.

Something I noticed about the cinematography about the whole situation with the machine. Not once did they ever show what happened to someone standing where Hopper was standing. People were always standing back by the machine, not up between the beam and the rip. it conveniently didn’t show Hoppers ‘death’ in that unique scenario. It specifically cut away at that moment. They’re clearly not afraid to gore a main character. Why not show the slightest hint on what happened to him? Because it didn’t actually happen, they’re only implying. (Like they did with El)

Something else, as graphically seen, everyone turned into a pile of gunk. When Joyce looks to where Hopper was standing, it’s completely clean.

Quite a few times, they made hints to Back To The Future, almost as though it was an unspoken theme for foreshadowing. What if, the blue beam the machine was making, was like the tear in space the DeLorean creates? To spare you the boring and obscure things I know about BTTF, let’s just say, the whole room is basically an inside-out stationary DeLorean. Nuclear powered, blue beam, a tear in spacetime, metal rooms, being obliterated by temporal malfunction due to no protection from the machine. Etc etc.

The Redditor argues that Hopper was probably transported to Russia, just like the Demogorgon, and might even be a different age next season.

What about a trailer for season 4?

Nothing has been released yet, but if season 3 is anything to go off, then we may have a teaser poster/trailer a year before the new season is due, and a full trailer a few months before perhaps?

I guess this is just a waiting game.


When will filming start?

It’s been rumoured from, that a new listing from Production Weekly – a film trade publication – indicates that the new series will start filming in October, suggesting the new season could be available as early as next year. Keep your eyes peeled.


Who is in the cast?

Well, all our Stranger Things regulars should be returning to Hawkins. I’m talking Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington) and Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers).

Other cast faves like Maya Hawke (Robin) and Priah Ferguson (Erica Sinclair) should be also returning to the Upside Down.

We won’t be expecting Dacre Montgomery’s return as his character Billy was killed off in a sacrificial death during the final episode of Season 3 that was way out of character for Max’s brother.

Maya Hawke has also been talking to the press about her hopes for Season 4, and where she can see her character Robin going.

Talking to Consequence of Sound, Hawke said: “Robin evolved a lot as we filmed the season. I think the Duffer brothers take a lot of inspiration from their actors, so the better the brothers got to know me, the more the character changed. But you would have to ask the brothers about that.

“Robin sees herself as an under-the-radar big fish in a small pond. She is really driven and works really hard at school, because she knows someday, she’ll make it out of Hawkins and she wants to be ready.

Speaking about her hopes for Robin in season 4, Hawke said: “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 is to be expected for Season 4?

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Duffer brothers have teased more about the “portals” which may take the characters out of Hawkins, Indiana, into different worlds.

“We have the big broad strokes,” Ross said. “It’s just now about filling in those lines in the details. We’re pretty excited about where it’s potentially going to go. Again, like we said, it’s going to feel very different than this season. But I think that’s the right thing to do and I think it’ll be exciting.”


Matt added: “I think the biggest thing that’s going to happen is it’s going to open up a little bit, not necessarily in terms of scale [or] in terms of special effects…but open up in terms of allowing portals into areas outside of Hawkins.”

He continued: “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.”

We’ve also gotta’ hope that Eleven gets her powers back as we saw her struggling in season 3. Mike seems pretty confident that they will so let’s hope he’s right.

Did season 3 leave any Easter eggs for Season 4?

We like to think so, yes.

Basically, during a scene in season 3, the phone number of Murray Bauman – an associate of police chief Hopper who is renowned for investigating conspiracy theories – is read aloud on screen.

Fans have now been calling the number – 618-625-8313 – and finding a message Bauman left for Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) after Hopper was presumed dead in the finale of Season 3.


The message reads: “Hi, you have reached the residence of Murray Bauman. Mom, if this is you, please hang up and call me between the hours of 5 and 6pm as previously discussed, okay? If this is Joyce: Joyce, thank you for calling, I have been trying to reach you. I have an update. It’s about… well, it’s probably best if we speak in person. It’s not good or bad, but it’s something.”

Soooo, could it actually be true that Hopper isn’t actually dead? And “the American” is Hopper? And Eleven can finally be happy!! We’ll have to wait and see.

So we just need to sit tight now and wait it out until we find out what’s next for Hawkins. At least we have three wonderfully awesome seasons to binge until that time comes.

Images via Netflix