Stranger Things announces new season, excites WJ students

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Netflix has announced that there will be a fourth season of their top-rated show Stranger Things. The show brought in record viewing numbers during the third season’s release last summer.


Grab some popcorn and get ready to binge; Netflix recently announced plans for a fourth season of their hit show Stranger Things. The news will come as a delight to fans who have been left grasping for answers to the numerous cliffhangers dropped in the last episode of season three.

The announcement was made through a teaser trailer with the tagline, “We’re not in Hawkins anymore.” It depicts bold red text reading “Stranger Things 4” decaying as setting transitions into the Upside Down.

Starring the now world-famous teenagers Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) and Noah Schnapp (Will), the show revolves around the mysterious happenings of the fictional town, Hawkins, Indiana. When Will mysteriously disappears while biking home one day, the town’s residents begin to take a closer look at what’s behind it, leading them to the secretive Hawkins Lab.

Stranger Things has been raking in viewers on its way to becoming Netflix’s marquee show. A record 26.4 million people tuned in to the show’s third season during the four-day holiday weekend of July 4, a 17% increase from season two’s release. The actors who play the show’s main characters have also gained millions of followers across social media and have become increasingly relevant in pop culture. David Harbour (Hopper) was recently given the opportunity to host Saturday Night Live, while Millie Bobby Brown has featured in numerous ad campaigns, including for Converse, Pandora and Calvin Klein.

Senior Emily Crites has watched all three seasons of Stranger Things and is excited to see how the show continues.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how the characters interact since Eleven and the Wheelers have moved away and seeing Hoppers fate,” Crites said.

Crites also hopes that the next season will reach the heights of the most recent one, which she thought was put together well.

“My favorite season is season three because I really like how each of the groups of characters had different plot lines but intertwined seamlessly,” Crites said.

Senior Gwen Rodriguez is a fan of the show and enjoys the relatable aspects of the show.
“I like how the audience gets to witness the young cast grow up throughout the show and go through the difficulties teens go through, but adds their own spin on it,” Rodriguez said.

Although there is no release date yet for season four of Stranger Things, it is suspected that it may be released in late 2020 or early 2021.