We finally have some release date updates for Stranger Things season 4. Unfortunately, none of it is good news.
Because there’s been so much confusion about Stranger Things season 4, if it’s happening, when it’s filming, and when the release date might be, we put together this little guide to help keep fans in the loop.
Below, we shared what we know so far about the Stranger Things season 4 release date, renewal, and production schedule.
How many seasons of Stranger Things are there?
Right now, there are three seasons of Stranger Things available to stream on Netflix. The first season premiered in July 2016. The second season was released in October 2017, and then the third season was released in July 2019.
Will there be a season 4 of Stranger Things?
Contrary to what you might read on social media, Stranger Things season 4 is happening. The fourth season was expected prior to the release of Stranger Things season 3 in July 2019, and then it was officially ordered and announced in September 2019.
Since then, there’s been a lot of confusion about the new season because of the coronavirus pandemic and the production shutdown, which happened in March 2020. It seems some fans thought that meant the season was canceled, but in reality, it meant that the season was delayed.
So, Stranger Things season 4 is in the works and big things are happening!
How many episodes are in Stranger Things season 4?
It’s been reported that there are eight episodes in Stranger Things season 4, just like season 3 and season 1. The second season had nine episodes.
There have been some rumors that Stranger Things season 4 is actually nine episodes. When the Stranger Things Writers posted a picture of all the finished scripts on Twitter, it looked like there were actually nine scripts, not eight.
— stranger writers (@strangerwriters) June 18, 2020
When is Stranger Things season 4 filming?
Stranger Things season 4 started filming in Lithuania in the beginning of 2020. After a month or so of filming there, production moved back to its regular home base in Georgia. That’s where the first three seasons of the series were filmed.
As mentioned, production shut down in March 2020. It was delayed until the fall of 2020, and then production has gone slower than usual since then, according to star Gaten Matarazzo.
New cast member for season 4, Sherman Augustus replied to a question on Instagram and said they could be filming until August. That’s been confirmed by those around the show and other media outlets, but not by Netflix.
There have been reports and rumors that Stranger Things is moving to New Mexico to film the rest of the season after they wrap in Georgia, but we don’t know when exactly that will start. Likely, it will be sometime this spring, though.
There’s been no confirmation on how long Stranger Things season 4 will be filming. We’ll let you know when production is winding down.
As of May 2021, the series was still filming season 4 in Georgia.
We also learned from Caleb McLaughlin, in an interview with Teen Vogue, that they weren’t able to film scenes with the full cast, extras, or big groups, so production was quite complicated.
Stranger Things season 4 release date
Well, things are not looking good for those hoping for a season 4 release date in 2021. We’re still waiting to find out if that’s going to happen, but there have been two big issues of late.
First, Finn Wolfhard recently mentioned that Stranger Things season 4 will probably come out in 2022 in a Fanmio. We assume Wolfhard is in the loop with discussions about the release date, but again, Netflix has not confirmed Stranger Things season 4 is not coming to Netflix.
But, Netflix did leave Stranger Things season 4 off the list of big new shows coming later this year. Netflix shared a list of the big shows on the way in a letter to shareholders recently. This included The Witcher season 2, You season 3, Sex Education season 3, Money Heist season 5, and Cobra Kai season 4, among others.
Obviously, if Stranger Things season 4 was coming to Netflix in 2021, Netflix would want to share that information with shareholders and fans. So, by not confirming Stranger Things season 4 is coming in 2021, Netflix might have already confirmed the season is coming next year.
Based on my calculations, production would be at least seven or eight months behind just based on the duration of the shutdown. Add in the extra time and effort it takes to keep the entire cast and crew safe, and it’s easy to see how the season could be delayed a full year.
That’s all we have for now! We’ll be sure to share any and all information about Stranger Things season 4 when we find out.Next: Best Netflix shows coming in 2021