The end of our long wait is in sight. Stranger Things Season 4 will finally release in 2022. The announcement comes courtesy of a new teaser trailer Netflix has released.
The brief 31-second teaser contains footage of Seasons 1–3 before showing glimpses of footage from Season 4, including Hopper with a flamethrower, Steve looking for something underwater, and Eleven being held back by two men. “In 2022, the global phenomenon returns,” text reads.
No exact release date in 2022 has been announced yet. But when Stranger Things Season 4 comes out, about three years will have passed since the previous season’s release in July 2019, marking the longest hiatus in the series’ history. Seasons 1 and 2 were released one year apart, and there was a two-year break between Seasons 2 and 3.
Stranger Things Season 4 started production in February 2020, but had to shut down in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production resumed in September 2020.
In an interview with Collider this week, executive producer Shawn Levy discussed the reasons for Season 4’s long delay, noting the season’s “sprawling geography” and “multiple location shoots” during the pandemic.
“It is a kind of perfect storm combination of COVID shutdown, slower pace of filming in COVID protocols and health protocols, which are necessary, and coincidentally we chose Season 4 to be by far — and I mean, by far, far, far — the most ambitious of the seasons,” he said.
Netflix released its first teaser for Season 4 in February 2020, featuring Hopper alive but imprisoned in the USSR.
Another teaser followed in May this year, featuring a brief glimpse of Eleven.
Before production shut down, series creators Matt and Ross Duffer released a statement summarizing the plot of Season 4. “[Hopper] is imprisoned far from home in the snowy wasteland of Kamchatka, where he will face dangers both human… and other. Meanwhile, back in the states, a new horror is beginning to surface, something long buried, something that connects everything…”
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