It’s officially fall! It seems like only yesterday we were knee-deep in summer, celebrating Independence Day and binge-watching the third season of Stranger Things.
But tomorrow is October, sorry, Spooktober, and the full-fledged holiday season isn’t far behind. We don’t have the typical Halloween-centric Stranger Things to watch this fall, but we do have a brand new teaser to get us excited for season 4.
Netflix announced this morning that they’d struck a deal with the Duffer Brothers to create season 4 of their show, as well as some other properties for the streaming service.
“The Duffer Brothers have captivated viewers around the world with Stranger Things and we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with them to bring their vivid imaginations to other film and series projects our members will love,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix, via Entertainment Weekly. “We can’t wait to see what The Duffer Brothers have in store when they step outside the world of The Upside Down.”
Speaking of stepping outside, the teaser ends with the ominous “We’re not in Hawkins anymore.” Which is leading to fan speculation that the gang may be venturing into that shadow realm where the Demogorgon lurks to retrieve an old friend.
You may recall that Season 3 ended with Chief Hopper sacrificing himself to close the portal into the Upside Down – leading to an emotional scene in which Eleven reads his loving letter to her before leaving town – but the cryptic post-credits stinger clouded the picture somewhat. We got a glimpse of a Russian prison facility, where our Commie cohorts are feeding prisoners to one of those demon dogs that featured so prominently in season two. An off-hand reference is made to “an American,” leading some to suspect that Hopper is still alive, in Russia somehow. Clearly we’ll be spending some time there, and Russia, as you may know, is definitely not in Indiana.
You know where else isn’t in Indiana? England! One theory floating around, thanks to the clock shown in the teaser and the bells chiming at the end, is that the show heads to the UK. Apparently the clock chimes are very similar to the chimes of a clock known as “Old Joe,” located in Edgbaston, England. Maybe the kids take a little European vacation instead of – or on the way to? – Russia!
There is also the possibility that “not in Hawkins” could be a reference to that other dreary dimension, the Upside Down, where we could spend more time, perhaps as the kids try to rescue Hopper? Or else the teaser just means we’re gonna be in whatever new town Eleven and the Byers’ moved to.
Needless to say, Season 4 is a ways off, so we probably won’t get any answers for a year or so, but here’s the teaser to reassure you of the show’s return and whet your appetite for another binge-watch.