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Netflix’s Stranger Things season 4: the new series is here and it’s even more explosive than we’d hoped

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Stranger Things season four has finally landed on Netflix – here’s what you can expect from the new instalment.

The day is upon us, Stranger Things fans. The anticipated fourth season is finally here (just in time for the weekend, may we add) and we couldn’t be happier to see the gang back together on our screens.

We know it’s just volume one but still, the excitement is very real. And if the the official full-length trailer for the series is anything to go by, some seriously epic episodes are in store for us all.

If one thing’s for sure, life is getting even darker for the Hawkins gang – and the trailer gives us a closer look at the kind of scenarios the characters will find themselves in throughout the series.

We also get a glance at Hopper’s life as a prisoner in the “snowy wasteland” of Kamchatka, Russia, as well as footage of what looks like the Upside Down.

Check out the trailer for yourself below: 

And if that wasn’t enough to get you excited for the new series (without watching it), the final trailer for Stranger Things 4 Volume One has also been released. Check it out here:

Speaking to Netflix Queue to mark the release of the new series images last month, Matt and Ross Duffer – who created the series – spoke about the darker, more mature vibes the new season will bring.

“They’re not kids anymore – they really are full-blown teenagers,” Matt said. “That’s why this season we leaned more into horror. We figured they should be in their own [version] of A Nightmare on Elm Street basically.” 

Throughout the series of images, we get a glimpse of Eleven and the crew coming together to face what we can only expect to be the “new and horrifying supernatural threat” outlined in the series’ synopsis.

There’s also a closer look at Joyce on what looks like a trip to Russia, where we know Hopper has been imprisoned at the start of the series.

You can check out a selection of the best images below:  

Joyce in Stranger Things season 4
The cast of Stranger Things season four
Stranger Things season 4 screenshot
The cast of Stranger Things season four

While Stranger Things season four is primed and ready to be watched on Netflix now, you may still be wondering what the new series will be about. 

Keep reading to check out everything we know about the upcoming series (without spoilers, of course).

What is Stranger Things season four about? 

Eleven and Hopper in Stranger Things
The Duffer brothers have confirmed that Hopper will return in season 4.

While the multiple trailers have given us a taste of what’s in store for this darker series, Netflix has also teased more information about what the gang will be getting up to in Stranger Things season four.

As the synopsis reads: “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.” 

Beyond the details revealed in Netflix’s four teaser trailers (more on those later), we do know a little about what to expect from series four thanks to a statement from the show’s creators the Duffer brothers.

Back when it was first confirmed that the show would be returning for season four, the Duffer Brothers also gave fans a little taste of what to expect from the new season – including the return of a fan favourite character.

“We’re excited to officially announce that production for Stranger Things 4 is now underway—and even more excited to announce the return of Hopper!” they said at the time.

“Although it’s not all good news for our ‘American’; [Hopper] is imprisoned far from home in the snowy wasteland of Kamchatka, Russia, 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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Stranger Things season four is now available to stream on Netflix.

Is there a trailer for Stranger Things season four? 

As previously mentioned, the final trailer gives us a flavour of what we can expect from the new series but back in November 2021, the Netflix series graced us with not one, not two but four teaser trailers to tie us over.

They include From Russia With Love…, which teases the aforementioned return of Hopper, Eleven, Are You Listening?, which dives into Eleven’s dark past, The Creel House, which unveils yet another creepy new location, and Welcome To California, which gives us a closer look at Eleven and Will’s new lives in California.. Click on the links to give them a watch.

Who will star in Stranger Things season four? 

The main cast of Stranger Things on Netflix
Stranger Things’ main cast will all be returning for season 4.

The show’s main cast will all be returning, including Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Gaten Matarazzo, Natalie Dyer, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink and Charlie Heaton.

Other new faces joining the cast for season four will be Booksmart’s Eduardo Franco, Small Axe’s Joseph Quinn and Westworld’s Sherman Augustus. 

Is there a release date for Stranger Things season four? 

Volume one of season four is now available to stream on Netflix, followed by volume two on 1 July.

If you’re a big Stranger Things fan you’ll have noticed that this gap is larger than the gap between previous seasons. This is primarily because of the coronavirus pandemic, which shut down production on the show after just two weeks back in early 2020.

Season four volume one of Stranger Things is now available to stream on Netflix.

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Lauren Geall

As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and women’s issues. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time. You can find her on Twitter at @laurenjanegeall.