After a lot of speculation, it looks like the fourth season of Stranger Things is happening and that the series will leave the comfort of Hawkins, Indiana, behind.
On Monday, a new teaser for “Stranger Things 4” was released on Twitter with the caption “we’re not in hawkins anymore.” This seems to suggest the next season will take the action outside of the familiar town of the past few seasons. The imagery of the teaser also implies that the show could go a step further and set a substantial portion of the season in the Upside Down.
In season 2, Stranger Things shook-up the formula a bit and had huge portions of Eleven’s journey happen outside of Hawkins. For the most part, season 3 reversed this approach and kept the heroic kids in Hawkins. So, what “we’re not in hawkins anymore mean?” It could mean that the kids visit other cities. Or it could mean that they travel to the parallel dimension that is the Upside Down, a move that would have huge implications for the series as a whole. Here’s the new teaser:
we're not in hawkins anymore pic.twitter.com/Y4hayuPKvu
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) September 30, 2019
On more than one occasion, the creators of Stranger Things — the Duffer Brothers — have suggested the entire story would be told over four seasons. And along with the news of the fourth season, Netflix has also revealed that the Duffers have signed-onto a contract to create new shows beyond Stranger Things. Here’s the exact quote from Netflix:
“The Duffer Brothers have captivated viewers around the world with Stranger Things and we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with them to bring their vivid imaginations to other film and series projects our members will love,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. “We can’t wait to see what The Duffer Brothers have in store when they step outside the world of The Upside Down.”
So, if the Duffers will create new shows beyond Stranger Things, does that mean this is the final season for the show? With the new teaser, it seems very possible that the fourth season will be a dimension-spanning epic that will conclude the story for good. Last time around, many fans worried season 3 was going to be the end, but now, with season 4 100 percent confirmed, it seems like anything is possible.