Things are about to get intense in the world of Stranger Things as we finally got the first trailer for the upcoming 4th season.
For many Stranger Things fans, the release of season four felt like forever. The last time we got a dose of Stranger Things was when season three dropped all the way back in 2019. To catch everyone up, the season ended on many tantalizing moments such as Billy’s death, Hopper being in Russia, and Eleven loosing her powers. Many fans waited on pins and needles to see where the story will go from here. And we now have the biggest look at the upcoming season yet with the release of the official full length trailer. There’s quite a lot that went down in the preview, so let’s break it down.
NEW BEGINNINGS, SEPARATE JOURNEYS
Aptly set to Journey’s Separate Ways (Worlds Apart), the trailer opens with a voice over from the big bad of the season, who we see more of in the trailer’s end. In a trailer breakdown with IGN, the creators of the show, The Duffer Brothers, revealed that the character was inspired by classic villains such as Freddy Kreuger, Pinhead, and Pennywise. They have described the season as their Game of Thrones season because of the many storylines we will be following.
First, there’s Eleven who has moved in with the Byers who have relocated to California. There, she and Will attend high school as Eleven tries her best to fit in after losing her powers. Back in Hawkins, we see Dustin, Steve, Nancy, Lucas, and Robin trying to move on with their lives. But thanks to the events of season three, the darkness of The Upside Down is seeping into the town, which complicates their navigation in their new surroundings. Early on in the trailer, we get a shot of Max, who is still reeling from the aftermath, talking to Billy’s grave. The shot actually comes from the fourth episode of the season. According to the Duffer Brothers, Max is set to play a very important role in the season.
SOMETHING’S BREWING IN HAWKINS
Emotional conflict and trauma are set to be major themes this season. Not only are the core group of friends dealing with the events of the past, but they are trying to retain that friendship even when they are separated. And all of this is done in the shadow of the looming dark presence of the Upside Down. One of the major motifs we see in the trailer is that of the clock, something that Max comes across in school. As shared by the show’s creators, seeing the clock is bad news, but they were tight-lipped about the mystery behind it.
We also get to see Hopper alive, but not doing very well as he’s imprisoned in Russia. He is forced to fight a Demogorgon with a group of soldiers in what the show’s creators call a Demopit. As new supernatural threat surfaces, including the first look at Demobats, the gang must get ready to confront the horrors of the Upside Down. In one tense scene, Eleven is told “Without you, we can’t win this war.” Other things to look forward to this season is more of Eleven’s back story in the Hawkins Lab, as well as exploring what happened to the other numbers, as seen in the brief scenes inside the Hawkins Lab. The trailer then ends on the reveal of the big villain of the season, who, according to the Duffer Brothers, is 90% practical.
BIGGEST SEASON YET
Here’s the official synopsis of season four: “It’s been six months since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins. Struggling with the aftermath, our group of friends are separated for the first time—and navigating the complexities of high school hasn’t made things any easier. In this most vulnerable time, a new and horrifying supernatural threat surfaces, presenting a gruesome mystery that, if solved, might finally put an end to the horrors of the Upside Down.”
While it has been years since we got new episodes of Stranger Things, season four promises to be a packed one. It is set to deliver a sprawling story with a large number of characters in different locations over a course of nine episodes. In an open letter penned by the show’s creators last February 17, they said that season four will be split up into two, with volume one coming in May and volume two coming in July.
They also revealed that the fifth season of the show will be its last, though they didn’t close the door on a sequel or spinoff. “There are still many more exciting stories to tell within the world of Stranger Things: new mysteries, new adventures, new unexpected heroes. But first, we hope that you stay with us as we finish this tale of a powerful girl named Eleven and her brave friends, of a broken police chief and a ferocious mom, of a small town called Hawkins and an alternate dimension known only as the Upside Down.”
The first volume of Stranger Things Season 4 will be released May 27. The second part is set to follow on July 1.