‘Stranger Things’ Season 4: Plot, Cliffhangers, and How “It’s Gonna Get Grim”

Stranger Things––quite possibly what has changed the world of entertainment in a snap. The sci-fi series, inspired by the world of Dungeons & Dragons, has now taken over the world of mainstream media. Arguments can even pursue regarding how the series has created the environment where Netflix stands today––what’s believed to be the biggest streaming platform in the present world. Undoubtedly, Stranger Things has become one of the most popular icons in today’s media––setting up their child stars in pedestals no one could even imagine to be so high.

Year after year, the streaming giant’s Stranger Things has gotten more intense story-wise, of course. With the third season released on the 4th of July, 2019, expectations for the fourth season have become even higher––and deservingly so. If you’re that big of a series, though many people enjoy the series, there are those that live to ridicule.

Set in 1985 Hawkins, Indiana, Stranger Things revolves around the story of truly horrifying interdimensional monsters––from hound dogs to a 40-foot shadow with terrifying eyes. When the series first started in 2016, it wasn’t as popular as aforementioned––but it sure spread rapidly with the help of the fans and their word of mouth. By the time the second and third season came into play, it looked as if it could retain its rights to the Netflix throne.

However, now it’s time for the fourth season of the series. If the previous seasons got their hands on the throne, then this might just take a hold of Netflix itself. Say goodbye to Reed Hastings (owner of Netflix) and say hello to Jim Hopper, the rightful heir to the streaming giant. Kidding aside, season 4 may just be enough to blow up the world. The third season, however, ended on a ton of cliffhangers––and one you just couldn’t take your eyes off of.

We’ll encapsulate everything for you, though, because you deserve only the best. There are two major cliffhangers on the side of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), possibly the most powerful entity in the whole series: she doesn’t have her powers thanks to the obliteration of the Mind Flayer and she has no more parental guardian in Jim Hopper (David Harbour) who was first seen obliterated during the third season. The Byers and the Wheelers are also disconnected after Joyce (Winona Ryder) decides to move the family out of Hawkins because living there has been especially hard for the Byers. In an interview with CBC Listen, Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike Wheeler in the series, says that the fourth season is going to get grim.

Every season it gets darker,” the actor stated.

I will say [with] season three I was like, ‘This is the darkest season that there’ll ever be’ – exploding rats and everything. But really, season four so far… it’s the darkest season that’s ever been [made]. Every year it gets amped-up; every year it gets funnier, darker and sadder – and everything. So I’m really excited for people to see it.

There’s little to go on for what’s about to happen in the coming fourth season and even then nothing has been deemed worthy of being factual. However, the most surprising truth fans have received is that the reports of Hopper’s death are false. How he survived an energy blast that easily obliterated scientists is beyond me. The creators have also said that the fourth season might be the time the gang would be set outside of Hawkins. Unsurprisingly, the Upside Down should be existent in all parts of the world.

The main thing is that we see this sooner rather than later. But in the words of Wolfhard: “We’re still filming itCause of COVID we had to put it on hold, but now they’re back filming right now.

Written by Hailey van Braam

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