The Duffer brothers, executive producers and creators of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Feb. 17 revealed that the fourth season will bow in two volumes on May 27 and July 1.
In a letter to fans, Matt and Ross Duffer called season four “the most challenging season yet,” with almost two years of filming, thousands of special effects shots and nearly twice the length of previous seasons.
“It’s also the beginning of the end,” they wrote. “Seven years ago, we planned out the complete story arc for ‘Stranger Things.’ At the time, we predicted the story would last four to five seasons. It proved too large to tell in four, but — as you’ll soon see for yourselves — we are now hurtling toward our finale. Season four will be the penultimate season; season five will be the last.”
In season four, it’s been six months since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins. Struggling with the aftermath, the 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.
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Since its release in 2016, “Stranger Things” has garnered more than 65 award wins and 175 award nominations, including plaudits from the Emmys, Golden Globes, Grammys, SAG, DGA, PGA, WGA, BAFTA, a Peabody Award, AFI Program of the Year, the People’s Choice Awards, MTV Movie & TV Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and many others. The three-time Emmy nominee for Best Drama is one of Netflix’s most-watched titles, according to the service, with season three amassing 582 million view hours ranking as the second most popular English-language series in the Netflix top 10, and season two accounting for 427 million view hours ranking at No. 10.