Stranger Things season 4: Netflix trailer teases Eleven's new life in 1986 California

When can fans expect a return visit to Hawkins and the Upside Down? Here is everything we know so far about Stranger Things season 4.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 9 November 2021 - 9.20pm

It’s been a long old while since we last visited Hawkins and binged our way through Stranger Things season 3.

The phenomenally successful 1980s-set drama about a gang of kids and their families on a sci-fi adventure in the small-town of Hawkins is the most highly anticipated show on Netflix.

Season 4 was confirmed in 2019  but the wait is finally almost over and early teasers of the new episodes suggest we can expect a shift in storyline beyond the town of Hawkins. That might mean less time in the Starcourt Mall and more time on the run from Demogorgon.

We’ve got burning questions galore (How has Hopper survived, and where is he?) so the first full trailer and date announcement for the fourth season can't come soon enough. Here's everything else we know so far...

When is Stranger Things season 4 released on Netflix?

Millie Bobby Brown will return as Eleven in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

Netflix has confirmed that Stranger Things season 4 will premiere in summer 2022.

Filming on the show was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Finn Wolfhard (who plays Mike Wheeler) previously suggested in a chat with fans online that we may be waiting until 2022.

Watch the official teaser videos and season 4 trailer

A new Stranger Things season 4 teaser trailer was released on November 6, as part of Stranger Things Day (marking the day when Will Byers disappeared from Hawkins on November 6, 1983, in season 1).

The trailer (which you can watch at the top of this page) gave fans a glimpse of Eleven's new life in California. 

Set in the spring of 1986, Eleven (played by Millie Bobby Brown) is seen writing a letter to Mike, before the pair are reunited over the upcoming spring break. 

Except, we soon get a glimpse of what's in store for the Stranger Things gang as car cases, explosions and disaster follows in the trailer.

Previously, a teaser video was released on May 6, featuring a haunting look into Hawkins National Laboratory and Eleven’s years as a subject of experimentation. The horror movie vibes of the trailer add weight to cast claims that season 4 will be the scariest yet.

The first teaser video released in February 2020 (below) confirmed fans’ suspicions that Jim Hopper survived the season 3 finale, despite being caught in the explosion of the Russian machine that opened a gate to the Upside Down.

In February 2020, the Duffer Brothers confirmed “the return of Hopper”, but added: “It’s not all good news for our 'American'.

“He is imprisoned far from home in the snowy wasteland of Kamchatka, where he will face dangers both human... and other. Meanwhile, back in the States, a new horror is beginning to surface, something long buried, something that connects everything…"

"Season 4 is shaping up to be the biggest and most frightening season yet, and we cannot wait for everyone to see more. In the meantime – pray for the American." 

Who's in the cast of Stranger Things 4?

Fear not, Stranger Things fans, the old gang will all be back. We can expect all these series regulars to be back in action:

Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers

David Harbour as Detective Jim Hopper

Millie Bobby Brown as 'Eleven'/Jane Hopper

Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler

Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson

Gaten Matarazzo and Joe Keery, who play Dustin and Steve, will be back in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair

Noah Schnapp as Will Byers

Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler

Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers

Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield

Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley

Joe Keery as Steve Harington

Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley in Stranger Things season 3 Netflix

Brett Gelman as Murray Bauman

Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair

Matthew Modine as Matthew Brenner

Joe Chrest as Ted Wheeler

Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler

But the really exciting news is we can also expect some new faces in season 4. Netflix has confirmed some new arrivals and characters including:

Jamie Campbell Bower (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Sweeney Todd) will play Peter Ballard, a caring man who works as an orderly at a psychiatric hospital. Tired of the brutality he witnesses day after day, will Peter finally take a stand?

Jamie Campbell Bower will play Peter Ballard in Stranger Things season 4 Getty
Jamie Campbell Bower will play Peter Ballard in Stranger Things season 4

Eduardo Franco (Booksmart, The Binge) will play Argyle, Jonathan’s new best friend, a fun-loving stoner who proudly delivers delicious pizza pies for Surfer Boy Pizza.

Joseph Quinn (Catherine the Great, Howards End) will play Eddie Munson, an audacious 80s metalhead who runs The Hellfire Club, Hawkins High’s official D&D club. Hated by those who don’t understand him - and beloved by those who do - Eddie will find himself at the terrifying epicenter of this season’s mystery.

Sherman Augustus (Into the Badlands, Westworld) will play Lt. Colonel Sullivan, an intelligent, no-nonsense man who believes he knows how to stop the evil in Hawkins once and for all….

Mason Dye (Bosch, The Goldbergs) will play Jason Carver. Jason seemingly has it all - he’s handsome, he’s rich, he’s a sports star, and he’s dating the most popular girl in school. But as a new evil threatens Hawkins, Jason’s perfect world begins to unravel...

Nikola Djuricko (Genius, In The Land of Blood and Honey) will play Yuri, a seedy and unpredictable Russian smuggler who loves bad jokes, cold hard cash, and crunchy style peanut butter.

Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, ‘V’ Television Series) will play Victor Creel, a disturbed and intimidating man who is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital for a gruesome murder in the 1950s.

Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones, Jack Ryan) will play Dmitri, a Russian prison guard who befriends Hopper. Dmitri is smart, cunning, and charming... but can he be trusted?

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More new cast members for Stranger Things season 4

During Netflix's first ever Geeked Week, further details about Stranger Things season 4 were revealed including most notablyfour new cast members and characters.

Amybeth McNulty (Anne with an E) will play Vickie, a cool, fast-talking band nerd who catches the eye of one of our beloved heroes.

Anne with An E star Amybeth McNulty will star in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

Myles Truitt (Queen Sugar, Black Mafia Family) will play Patrick, a Hawkins basketball star who has friends, talent, and a good life... until shocking events send his life spiralling out of control.

Actor Myles Truitt joins the Stranger Things season 4 cast Netflix

Regina Ting Chen (Queen of the South, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier) as Ms Kelly, A popular guidance counselor who cares deeply for her students - especially those struggling the most.

Press shot of actress Regina Ting Chen who will star in Stranger Things season 4 Netflix

Grace Van Dien (Charlie Says, The Village) as Chrissy, Hawkins High's lead cheerleader and the most popular girl in school. But beneath the seemingly perfect surface lies a dark secret.

Press shot of Grace Van Dien, who is in the Stranger Things season 4 cast Netflix

Is season 4 the end of Stranger Things?

Winona Ryder in Stranger Things season 1 Netflix

That’s not currently the plan. The show’s creators, the Duffer brothers, told The Hollywood Reporter that they know how the show will end and that season 4 is not where they foresee the story concluding.

How did Stranger Things season 3 end?

The third season concluded with a dramatic showdown between our heroes, the Russians and the Mind Flayer in the Starcourt Mall.

A showdown between Hopper, Joyce and Murray in the secret Russian lab under the mall ended with Hopper sacrificing himself to save everyone else from the Mind Flayer.

Afterwards, Joyce left Hawkins with Jonathan, Will and a heartbroken Eleven.

However, the post-credits sequence hinted that Hopper might have survived the incident as we heard Russian guards with a captive Demogorgon talking about “the American”.

What is Stranger Things about?

Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer in Stranger Things Netflix

Netflix has described the show as “a love letter to the ‘80s classic genre films that captivated a generation”.

Stranger Things is a thrilling drama set in the seemingly normal Midwestern town of Hawkins, Indiana.

After a boy vanishes into thin air, his close-knit group of friends and family search for answers and are pulled into a high-stakes and deadly series of events. Beneath the surface of their ordinary town lurks an extraordinary supernatural mystery, along with top-secret government experiments and a dangerous gateway that connects our world to a powerful yet sinister realm.

A global phenomenon, Stranger Things has won 65 awards and been nominated for 175 including Emmys, Golden Globes, Grammys, SAG, DGA, PGA, WGA, BAFTA, a Peabody Award, AFI Program of the Year, the People’s Choice Awards, MTV Movie & TV Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and many others.

Season 3 was watched by 40.7 million household accounts in its first four days - more than any other Netflix film or series in that timeframe - and 64 million member households in the first four weeks.

How can I watch season 4 of Stranger Things?

Season 4 will be released exclusively on Netflix in summer 2022.

Season 1-3 are available to stream now on Netflix.