Stranger Things fans will have to wait a little bit longer for Season 4, as Netflix just confirmed in a new 10-second teaser for the season that it will debut in 2022 — at least two-and-a-half years after the July 2019 release of Season 3. The new teaser, released Friday morning and which you can watch below, features footage from the first three seasons of the hugely popular supernatural series mixed with quick glances at Season 4 footage.
Fans replied with mixed emotions to the teaser: some happy for the mini dose of the show and others upset that the premiere is still so far away. “2022??? The 3rd season was in 2019,” one user wrote. “It’s 9 in the morning, I was NOT PREPARED,” another fan said. A longer, 30-second version of the trailer will air Friday night during NBC’s Tokyo Olympics coverage.
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The reason for the delay can likely be pinned on the coronavirus pandemic. A month after production on Stranger Things Season 4 started in February 2020, it was suspended due to shutdowns. It resumed in September 2020.
At the end of Season 3, following the explosion aimed at destroying the Soviet lab to the Upside Down deep under the new Starcourt Mall, Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) takes her sons (Charlie Heaton, Noah Schnapp) and Eleven (Brown) out of the Indiana town to start a new life. There is a jump in geography in the final scene, which takes place in the far Eastern end of the USSR where guards are feeding a prisoner to an imprisoned Demogorgon, but “not the American.”
Last year, stunt coordinator Niro Koda told ComicBook.com that the new season is “darker. It’s going to be epic. [There are] lots of great surprises and all your favorite people are in it.” Koda continued, “It’s going to be so good. It’s so epic. I’ve gotten to read through almost eight scripts now, so it’s pretty awesome. I don’t know how many we’re going to get.”