Stranger Things season 4: News, spoilers, release date, cast and everything we know

8 January 2019, 13:01 | Updated: 8 January 2019, 13:06

Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

Stranger Things season 4 has already been confirmed by producer Shawn Levy but has not yet officially been renewed by Netflix. Seeing as we know it's happening, here's everything we know about season 4 so far, including news, spoilers and theories.

Now that we know the release date for Stranger Things season 3, it's only a matter of time before we find out what lies ahead for Will, Mike, Eleven, Dustin, Lucas and Max in season 4 of the Netflix show. We know, we know, we're getting away ahead of ourselves... we don't even know how season 3 is going to end yet! But that still doesn't mean we can't speculate and theorise amongst ourselves, does it?

Does Eleven die in 'Stranger Things' season 3?

Of course, considering that the third season hasn't dropped yet and there's no way we'll be getting any big plot details out of producer Shawn Levy and the Duffer Brothers, we don't really have much to go on when it comes to season 4.

A lot more details will become clearer once we see what happens in season 3 (you never know, there could be a few deaths that completely change the series as we know it...) but for now, here's anything we know about the fourth season of Stranger Things.

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Stranger Things. Picture: Netflix

Has Stranger Things season 4 been confirmed?

Yes, technically... Speaking to Collider recently, producer Shawn Levy said that “season four is definitely happening”, adding that “there’s very much the possibility of a season beyond that one, that’s currently undecided".

As of right now, there has been no official confirmation of a renewal by Netflix but given that the Duffer Brothers are confident that they have more story to tell, it's likely that Netflix will go ahead with a fourth season.

When will Stranger Things season 4 be released?

Due to the production schedule, there's no way of predicting when Stranger Things 4 will be released on Netflix. Season one saw a July 2016 premiere date, while season 2 saw an October 2017 premiere date. Season 3 will be released on July 4th 2019.

Season 2 and 3's release dates also coincided with the timeline of the actual show. For example, season 2 dropped on Halloween, which is when the season took place and season 3 will drop on July 4th, mirroring the holiday weekend and summer setting that has been teased in the promo videos. (Season one did not follow this trend. Will Byers went missing in November, while the show was released in July.)

Production has not started on season 4 either, which means we could be waiting long than a year. Season 3 began shooting in April 2018 and wrapped in November 2018. Our best guess for a release date is likely to be around the second half of 2020.

How many episodes will be in Stranger Things season 4?

That all depends on how much story the Duffer Brothers have to tell. Season one had 8 episodes, season two had 9 episodes and season 3 will have 8 episodes.

We can probably expect around 8 episodes to appear in season 4.

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What year will Stranger Things 4 be set in?

So far, each season has taken place a year apart - with season one set in 1983, two in 1984, and three in 1985. Unless there’s a huge time leap or it takes them way too long to bring out the fourth, it’s looking like season 4 will be set in 1986.

Which cast members will return for Stranger Things season 4?

Unless something really tragic happens in season 3 (not unlikely, tbh) we’ll probably see all of our favourite cast members returning, hopefully with some new faces.

Noah Schnapp (Will), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Finn Wolfhard (Mike) and Sadie Sink (Max) will hopefully all return. Fans expressed their concern about Eleven's fate following Millie Bobby Brown's Instagram story at the end of season 3. After posting several goodbye messages to her cast mates alongside pictures of her crying, people started suspecting that Eleven would die at the end of season three.

Winona Ryder and David Harbour will likely return as Joyce and Hopper, as well as Lucas' little sister Erica (Priah Ferguson).

But of course, we'll have to wait and see what happens at the end of season 3. We'll keep you updated with more news and spoilers when we have them!