Everything We Know About STRANGER THINGS 4

Stranger Things has a lot of mysteries left to unravel, like how exactly Chief Hopper is still alive and in a Soviet prison. But Russia isn’t the only other locale—or world—the show could visit in the future. It’s going to be moving beyond Hawkins. And the series will feature a lot of new characters when it does. Here’s everything we know about Stranger Things 4  so far.

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New Cast Members

Things are always scary in Hawkins. But in season four they’re going to be a real nightmare. Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund, is joining the show. The Nightmare on Elm Street star will be bringing even more terror to the horror series. He’ll play Victor Creel. Creel is “a disturbed and intimidating man who is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital for a gruesome murder in the 1950s,” which sound perfect. But he’s just one of eight newcomers to the show Netflix announced on Twitter. It’s a group that also includes a Game of Throne alum.

Eduardo Franco (Booksmart), Jamie Campbell Bower (Sweeney Todd), and Joseph Quinn (Catherine the Great) will be joining as series regulars.

Franco will star as Argyle, “Jonathan’s new BFF” and “a fun-loving stoner who proudly delivers delicious pizza pies for Surfer Boy Pizza.” Bower is playing Peter Ballard, “a caring man who works as an orderly at a psychiatric hospital.” Netflix asks, “Tired of the brutality he witnesses day after day, will Peter finally take a stand?” We can’t wait to find out. And Quinn will be Eddie Munson, “head of the Hawkins High official D&D Club, The Hellfire Club,” which promises to be a big part of the season.

The other new cast members include Sherman Augustus as Lt. Colonel Sullivan, “an intelligent, no-nonsense man who believes he knows how to stop the evil in Hawkins once and for all,” though we doubt it. Mason Dye will play Jason Carver, “a handsome, rich athlete who is dating the most popular girl in school. But as a new evil threatens Hawkins, his perfect world begins to unravel.” And Nikola Djuricko will star as Yuri, “a seedy and unpredictable Russian smuggler who loves bad jokes, cold hard cash, and crunchy style peanut butter.”

Finally, the former Jaqen H’ghar, Game of Thrones‘ Tom Wlaschiha, will play Dmitri, “a smart and charming Russian prison guard” who befriends Hopper. But just how trustworthy is he? You never know with those Faceless Men…

A Revealing Teaser

Deadline reports The Duffer Brothers—the creators of Stranger Thingshave agreed to a massive new deal that will see the pair create new shows and films for Netflix. That includes the fourth season of their hit show, which was formally announced with a teaser video. Despite primarily being a title card promo, it offers some great clues about what to expect. Mainly that the season won’t be spending as much time in Hawkins this time around.

In the video, the Stranger Things 4 title card suddenly finds itself in the Upside Down before being consumed by its roots, rotting and decaying into nothing. A “Welcome to Hawkins” sign can be seen in the background, as can a clock in a nearby tree. But as the video comes to an end, Winchester Chimes can be heard. Then the words “We’re Not In Hawkins Anymore” appear.

The actual Upside Down dimension was a major part of season one. Since then though the series has only showed it without any human characters physically present. (Though some characters like Billy saw it in visions.) There’s still so much about that dark world we don’t know, making it rife for further—and horrifying—exploration.

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But what does that have to do with the imagery and sound of the clock? Could the series—which ended with the Byers family and Eleven moving away from Hawkins—be shifting the action to multiple spots around the globe? Is this an allusion to Big Ben in London? Or some other famous clock in the world? Or is it merely a metaphor for how much time “the American” has left in that Russian prison?

Wherever Stranger Things 4 brings us though, one thing is clear: you can leave Hawkins behind, but not the Upside Down.

This post originally published on September 30, 2019. It was updated on November 20, 2020.

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