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Watch: Hopper returns in Stranger Things Season 4

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Production on Stranger Things 4 is officially underway, the show’s creators, The Duffer Brothers, have confirmed – and, in case fans weren’t anticipating it enough, they’ve also confirmed that David Harbour will once again return to play Hopper.

Although it’s not all good news for the “American”, as we catch up with him 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 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,” say The Duffer Brothers. “In the meantime – pray for the American.”

Here’s the teaser video for Season 4:

Stranger Things Season 4 episode title revealed

10th November 2019

It’s still many, many months from even knowing a release date for Stranger Things Season 4, but the writers are keen to reassure fans that things are still progressing, with the first episode’s title unveiled this week.

Netflix’s sci-fi horror smash hit, which follows the threat of creatures from the Upside Down in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, is one of the streaming giant’s biggest shows, thanks to its combination of an entertaining young ensemble, creepy CGI and nostalgic adventure vibes.

Season 3 broke records, with 40.7 million household accounts watching Season 3 in its opening four days, more than any other Netflix film or original series to date.

It wasn’t long, then, until Netflix confirmed the inevitable renewal of the show for a fourth season, with a teaser video warning us that we’re not in Hawkins anymore.

Indeed, Season 3 ended with a finale that widened the horizons significantly for the series, as Joyce, Jonathan, Will, and Eleven moved out of town and Hopper was possibly trapped in a Russian prison.

Now, we’ve got another clue as to what might be in store, with the first episode’s title confirmed as “Chapter One: The Hellfire Club”. The show’s writers unveiled the title on Twitter with the caption “Looking for new members… are you in?”.

The unveiling was in time to tie into what Netflix has dubbed Stranger Things Day, which is 6th November to mark the anniversary of when Will Byers first went missing in 1983.

But while the day saw a glut of bloopers and other goofy videos released online by the cast and creators, more interesting are the implications for the episode’s title, which most notably appears to be paying homage to the Hellfire Club that exists in the X-Men world. In the comics, the group is a band of villains who kidnap Jean Grey to unleash her inner Dark Phoenix power for nefarious purposes. Grey, of course, bears some resemblance to Eleven’s own inner telekinetic power that can have devastating consequences.

It’s not the first time Stranger Things has nodded to X-Men, with Episode 1 seeing Dusting borrow a comic from Will Byers: Issue 134 of Uncanny X-Men, the start of the Jean Grey, Dark Phoenix comic book arc. The result may just tell us that the creators of Stranger Things really like X-Men, but with parallels between Jean Grey and Eleven already well dissected across the web, that loaded title may well suggest Season 4 will see Eleven in danger…

Netflix confirms Stranger Things will return for Season 4

30th September 2019

It’s official: Stranger Things will return for Season 4.

Netflix’s sci-fi horror smash hit, which follows the threat of creatures from the Upside Down in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, is one of the streaming giant’s biggest shows, thanks to its combination of an entertaining young ensemble, creepy CGI and nostalgic adventure vibes.

Season 3 broke records, with 40.7 million household accounts watching Season 3 in its opening four days, more than any other Netflix film or original series to date.

“A masterclass in mixing light and dark, Stranger Things’ third season sees the show hit its stride,” we wrote in our review.

Season 3 marked a more dramatic turn for the show, as the teens grew up and developed romantic connections, and as Sheriff Hopper turned dark in his attempts to parent Eleven and woo Joyce. The end of the season left his fate in doubt, with the tease of him potentially languishing in a Russian jail cell, and if that spelled an increasingly ambitious direction for the show, Season 4’s first teaser confirms it: we’re not in Hawkins anymore, declares the video, which doesn’t feature any characters or monsters but does make it clear that the series is looking to explore the Upside Down further. When Season 4 will air is anyone’s guess, but bigger things seem certain to come. Here’s the cryptic teaser announcing the show’s renewal:

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