There have been rumors and reports about the Stranger Things season 4 release date for a long time. A 2021 release date looked pretty promising months ago, but it’s not looking like that anymore.
In a letter to shareholders following the Q1 earnings call, Netflix left Stranger Things season 4 off the list of big Netflix movies and shows coming later this year. This list included Money Heist season 5, You season 3, The Witcher season 2, Sex Education season 3, and more big Netflix shows and movies.
One would assume that if Stranger Things season 4 was coming to Netflix later this year, that would be the show that Netflix would want to share with the shareholders, right? Stranger Things is the biggest Netflix show. Netflix would want to hype up that show more than any others and let shareholders know that this show is coming back soon.
When is Stranger Things season 4 coming out?
Now, Netflix could be keeping the release date secret, but I don’t think that’s the play here. With how things are going, Netflix would want people to know that Stranger Things is coming soon.
Stranger Things season 4 is likely coming in 2022, and there are a combination of reasons why I now think that will be the case.
Yes, there is a lot of time left in 2021 for the season to be released, I agree. But, there’s a lot working against a 2021 release date right now.
Most importantly, the series is still filming. Stranger Things needs six-plus months following the end of production for all of the effects and post-production work and promotion. We heard from Sherman Augustus on Instagram, a new cast member for season 4, that production was expected to last until August 2021. If production lasts that long, the season won’t be ready for a December release date.
As we’ve mentioned before Caleb McLaughlin told Teen Vogue that production isn’t back to normal yet. Scenes with a lot of people aren’t being filmed yet, and we have to imagine that’s because of COVID-19 restrictions.
We shared McLaughlin’s comment below, via Teen Vogue:
“Everything is backwards because of Covid. If there is a scene with extras, we can’t film with everyone right now. We have to only film scenes where there are fewer people, so we have to start from a later episode. We won’t start at episode one, we will start at episode five,” Caleb says. “It’s very weird—there is so much going on in the world right now.”
So, based on everything we’ve heard and not heard, it seems like Stranger Things season 4 is headed for an early 2022 release date.
Again, Netflix has not confirmed a 2022 release date, but the streaming network had a chance to confirm a 2021 release date and didn’t.
We’ll let you know more about the Stranger Things season 4 release date when we find out.Next: Best Netflix shows coming in 2021