The Stranger Things season 4 rumor mill has officially gone rogue, and the latest chapter in the Stranger Things season 4 release date saga is leaving fans just as confused as ever.
Netflix shared a new teaser for Stranger Things season 4 this spring, and it’s leading fans to speculate about the Stranger Things season 4 release date.
Stranger Things season 4 is the most highly anticipated Netflix original show. Fans have been waiting and waiting for Stranger Things season 4 since the end of Stranger Things season 3.
Because there’s been so much confusion about Stranger Things season 4, if it’s happening, when it’s filming, and when the release date might be, we put together this little guide to help keep fans in the loop. Below, we shared what we know so far about the Stranger Things season 4 release date, renewal, and production schedule.
How many seasons of Stranger Things are there?
Right now, there are three seasons of Stranger Things available to stream on Netflix. The first season premiered in July 2016. The second season was released in October 2017, and then the third season was released in July 2019.
Will there be a season 4 of Stranger Things?
Contrary to what you might read on social media, Stranger Things season 4 is happening. The fourth season was expected prior to the release of Stranger Things season 3 in July 2019, and then it was officially ordered and announced in September 2019.
Since then, there’s been a lot of confusion about the new season because of the coronavirus pandemic and the production shutdown, which happened in March 2020. It seems some fans thought that meant the season was canceled, but in reality, it meant that the season was delayed.
So, Stranger Things season 4 is in the works and big things are happening!
How many episodes are in Stranger Things season 4?
It’s been reported that there are eight episodes in Stranger Things season 4, just like season 3 and season 1. The second season had nine episodes.
There have been some rumors that Stranger Things season 4 is actually nine episodes. When the Stranger Things Writers posted a picture of all the finished scripts on Twitter, it looked like there were actually nine scripts, not eight.
When is Stranger Things season 4 filming?
Stranger Things season 4 started filming in Lithuania in the beginning of 2020. After a month or so of filming there, production moved back to its regular home base in Georgia. That’s where the first three seasons of the series were filmed.
As mentioned, production shut down in March 2020. It was delayed until the fall of 2020, and then production has gone slower than usual since then, according to star Gaten Matarazzo.
New cast member for season 4, Sherman Augustus replied to a question on Instagram and said they could be filming until August. That’s been confirmed by those around the show and other media outlets, but not by Netflix.
There have been reports and rumors that Stranger Things is moving to New Mexico to film the rest of the season after they wrap in Georgia, but we don’t know when exactly that will start. Likely, it will be sometime this spring, though.
There’s been no confirmation on how long Stranger Things season 4 will be filming. We’ll let you know when production is winding down.
As of May 2021, the series was still filming season 4 in Georgia.
In June 2021, David Harbour said that production will last through August on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
We also learned from Caleb McLaughlin, in an interview with Teen Vogue, that they weren’t able to film scenes with the full cast, extras, or big groups, so production was quite complicated.
There are also rumors that the cast and crew are filming season 4 and season 5 back to back. We’re not sure if that’s what is happening, but filming does seem to be taking a lot longer than normal. We’ll share more details about that as we find out.
Stranger Things season 4 release date
Well, things are not looking good for those hoping for a season 4 release date in 2021. We’re still waiting to find out if that’s going to happen, but there have been two big issues of late.
First, Finn Wolfhard recently mentioned that Stranger Things season 4 will probably come out in 2022 in a Fanmio. We assume Wolfhard is in the loop with discussions about the release date, but again, Netflix has not confirmed Stranger Things season 4 is not coming to Netflix.
But, Netflix did leave Stranger Things season 4 off the list of big new shows coming later this year. Netflix shared a list of the big shows on the way in a letter to shareholders recently. This included The Witcher season 2, You season 3, Sex Education season 3, Money Heist season 5, and Cobra Kai season 4, among others.
Obviously, if Stranger Things season 4 was coming to Netflix in 2021, Netflix would want to share that information with shareholders and fans. So, by not confirming Stranger Things season 4 is coming in 2021, Netflix might have already confirmed the season is coming next year.
Based on my calculations, production would be at least seven or eight months behind just based on the duration of the shutdown. Add in the extra time and effort it takes to keep the entire cast and crew safe, and it’s easy to see how the season could be delayed a full year.
In May 2021, Netflix also shared a new teaser trailer for Stranger Things season 4. Titled “Eleven, are you listening?”, the teaser gives viewers a look at the Rainbow Room at the Hawkins National Lab, confirms the return of Dr. Brenner, and hints that we’ll be meeting more people with powers in flashbacks and, maybe, the current timeline.
The teaser was captioned, “002/004”, which is leading some fans to believe that Stranger Things season 4 is coming out on Feb. 4, 2022. While possible, it’s much more likely that is referring to the second of four teasers that will be released about the fourth season.
The first teaser we saw, which was the “From Russia with Love” teaser that confirmed Hopper was alive, was captioned “001/004.”
It’s possible that we could see Stranger Things season 4 is February 2022. We’ve long speculated that the new season could take place around Valentine’s Day. But, I don’t think the release date was just cryptically confirmed.
Will Stranger Things season 4 actually be released in 2021?
We’ve been going back and forth on whether or not we should expect Stranger Things season 4 in 2021. It seems like the show has been filming for a long time, especially compared to other Netflix shows. That being said, Stranger Things is not like other shows. There are so many more moving parts than basically every other Netflix show right now.
So, it makes sense that everyone is expecting the show to return in 2022, especially after what Wolfhard said a few months ago.
In the latest turn of events in June 2021, Netflix has added Stranger Things to the “Worth the Wait” section, along with Cobra Kai, Money Heist, and more shows and movies. Normally, this wouldn’t be big news, but as it stands right now, Stranger Things would be the only show on the row that is expected to be released in 2022. Everything else on that row should drop in 2021.
Now, does that really mean anything? I don’t know! It could be Netflix just telling fans to watch Stranger Things because it’s “worth the wait” for Stranger Things season 4. It’s just weird that the Netflix original series is there along with shows and movies coming later this month, later this summer, and in the case of Money Heist and Cobra Kai, later this year.
Money Heist season 5 premieres on Sept. 3, 2021, with the second half of the season dropping on Dec. 3, 2021. Cobra Kai season 4 is coming to Netflix sometime between October and December.
Is this the glimmer of hope Stranger Things fans were looking for? Netflix Geeked Week is this week. If Netflix were going to share some Stranger Things season 4 news, this is the week to do it!
That’s all we have for now! We’ll be sure to share any and all information about Stranger Things season 4 when we find out.
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