When will 'Stranger Things' Season 4 return? Here's what to expect when the show is back on Netflix

While an official release date for Season 4 hasn't been confirmed, Netflix has managed to keep the fans glued and asking for more in the form of cryptic tweets and a teaser

                            When will 'Stranger Things' Season 4 return? Here's what to expect when the show is back on Netflix

'Stranger Things' Season 3 was an absolute delight to watch and last year, by this time, the world eagerly lapped up any news about 'Stranger Things' Season 4. By the end of Season 3, the Duffer brothers all but ensured that a helluva new season awaits the audience. Season 3 was tighter, a bit more fast-paced than its predecessors, and catapulted unexpected characters into the limelight making it a treat to watch as everyone had their chance of making an impression.

That said, there have been quite a few developments on the Season 4 front. For starters, Netflix managed to tease the audience with some intriguing tweets early in the year. According to scooping ace Charles Murphy in his Murphy's Multiverse blog, the filming will begin in the same Lithuanian prison set that was seen in 'Chernobyl'. While there isn't a public start date, the source notes the filming will take place in Lithuania before everything moves to Atlanta.

The prison sequence was briefly teased in Season 3 and will be a major part of the story in the fourth outing. The biggest debate right now is about the American held captive at the Russian facility. The characters in question are Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) who fans feel has been teleported there somehow following the events of Season 3's finale or Dr Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine). That said, here's a quick rundown of where the series is at the moment, what the world hopes to see, and a probable idea of when the much-anticipated series returns.


Where we left off?

Last we saw, the powerful-yet-saddening finale saw the death of Billy (Dacre Montgomery) after he was impaled by the Mind Flayer's tentacles as he tries to protect Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Max (Sadie SInk). While he was portrayed as a typical bully, his ending meant, he died a hero. The other character who fueled speculations on being dead or alive was David Harbor's police chief, Jim Hopper. In the final minutes of the finale, he was engulfed in a massive explosion as he smiled tearfully at Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder).

Until the teaser trailer was released, Hopper was presumed dead. Twitter and Reddit forums threw up new theories about the possibilities of his survival frequently based on the theory that the prison scene at the end spoke of an "American" held hostage in Russia. 

A still from 'Stranger Things' Season 3 (Netflix)

What we'd like to see?

The return of the Byers. Joyce and Hopper need to reunite

It has been a rough couple of years for the Byers ever since the show started. The first season was set in Hawkins, Indiana, in 1983. Titled, 'Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers', the opening episode saw Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) being abducted by an unseen creature. It was later revealed that the creature was called the Demogorgon and Will and was taken into an alternate dimension dubbed the Upside Down.

However, by the end of Season 3, the Byers and Eleven were shown to be leaving Indiana. While we're sure we haven't seen the last of them, what we would love to see is Joyce and Hopper to get back. The love story that was hinted for three seasons was about to materialize when the final scene threw a spanner in the works. 

Eleven vs Russia

In the end, there's no denying the Russians' experiments was the primary reason for the return of evil. What better way to see Eleven take down evil and the twisted Russian minds in the series in one epic battle? 

When will 'Stranger Things' Season 4 return on Netflix?

Thanks to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic that can be equated to the Mind Flayer itself, the shows and movie front was relatively slow for the earlier part of the year with production grinding to a halt. While a release date hasn't been officially announced yet, there are a few updates about the show. Deadline reported the series will resume production for Season 4 starting September 28, 2020. While the dates may change, we can definitely expect a mid-2021 release.

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