Seams like the “Upside Down” was the least of our worries. While we anticipate season four of the Stranger Things which is scheduled to premiere on May 27, the stars of the Netflix sci-fi hit revealed that viewers, especially young ones, have no idea what awaits them.
“I thought they’d have to tone it down,” said Joseph Quinn, who plays Eddie. “I didn’t think they would commit to how gruesome it was on the page. But clearly, they don’t care about young kids at all. Kids will be scared. Kids will have nightmares,” Joe Keery, who plays Steve, agreed. “If I was a kid and I watching this, it would be disturbing.”
Okay, they got us, now we’re just petrified. Here we are, thinking that finding Barb’s body in the season was scary!
Caleb McLaughlin, who has been around since the beginning as Lucas, chimed in on the sentiment. “When I watched this season, I was like ‘Wow, I don’t think I would want my nephew to watch this,'” Caleb said. “It’s very gory. It’s a lot. It’s really intense. We really took it up a notch.”
Even hearing that Caleb is a stand-up uncle isn’t calming our nerves!
When it comes to specifics about what exactly makes the season so frightening, Maya Hawke, who plays Robin, said “the bone-breaking is really not my favorite thing to watch.”
Below is more on what we know about the upcoming season four
Expect An “Epic” Season
On what fans can expect from season four, David Harbour told Deadline that “it’s very epic and very big in a Stranger Things way.” The leading man teased monsters, horror, scares, and “great Indiana Jones-type action.”
Fans can also expect more of Hopper’s backstory.
Just when we thought the Stranger Things cast couldn’t get more impressive, Netflix announced eight additional cast members in November 2020, including Eduardo Franco, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sherman Augustus, Mason Dye, Joseph Quinn, Tom Wlaschiha, Nikola Djuricko, and Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund.
Four new faces joined the Stranger Things cast in June 2021, including Amybeth McNulty as Vickie, a cool, fast-talking band nerd; Myles Truitt as Patrick, a basketball star at Hawkins; Grace Van Dien as another popular student, named Chrissy; and Regina Ting Chen as Ms. Kelly, a popular guidance counselor who cares deeply for her students.
The Eleven’s Story
In May 2021, a new teaser indicated that the origin story of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) will be explored more. At the start of the clip, some youngsters with closely cropped hair are seen playing with educational toys. Later, Dr. Martin Brenner, a.k.a. “Papa” (Matthew Modine), appears to be seen from the back as he walks in and says in a voiceover, “Good morning, children.”
As Brenner continues to interact with the children, heavy breathing is heard as a camera pans to a door with an 11 on it. The clip comes to an end with the ominous doctor asking, “Eleven, are you listening?”
Vecna, named after a Dungeons & Dragons character, is the ominous villain in season four. In the season’s trailer, Vecna says “you’ve broken everything, your suffering is almost at an end.”
The monster is made even more frightening since Eleven is powerless to help.
“Part of the drive and tension of this season is that we have this big new evil emerge in Hawkins, and for the first time ever, Eleven is not there,” co-creator Ross Duffer told Entertainment Weekly. “Not only is she separated by distance, but at the end of season three, she’s lost her powers. So even when she learns about what has happened in Hawkins, she is unable to help them in the same way she has before.”
Vecna also comes with his own army of deadly bats. Yes, deadly bats.
The Duffer Brothers confirmed season five will be Stranger Things’ last in the above letter. “Seven years ago, we planned out the complete story arc for Stranger Things,” they wrote in part. “At the time, we predicted the story would last four to five seasons. It proved too large to tell in four, but, as you’ll soon see for yourselves, we are now hurtling toward our finale.”
That being said, a billboard promoting season four also teased that “every ending has a beginning,” so maybe there’s a spinoff in the works.
Guys, consider yourselves warned.
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