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‘Stranger Things’ update: Here’s when production starts back up

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A photo from “Stranger Things 3.”

Millie Bobby Brown stars as Eleven in “Stranger Things 3.” Production for “Stranger Things” season four will tentatively start Sept. 17.

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For months, the coronavirus pandemic has caused massive shutdowns across the entertainment industry. But “Stranger Things” will soon be resuming production for season four, according to the Hollywood Reporter

The “Stranger Things” cast was told production would tentatively begin Sept. 17 in Georgia, according to the Hollywood Reporter

Filming for season four began Jan. 7, 2020, and was originally scheduled to conclude by Aug. 5, the Deseret News previously reported. 

Amid the pandemic, production for the season got put on hold in March. At that point, “Stranger Things” was reportedly two episodes into filming.

Originally, the season’s release was expected in 2020. The season — which has eight episodes — has now been officially delayed to 2021, according to IMDb. The first episode is titled “The Hellfire Club.”

Here’s what we know about the fourth season.


  • Expanding the world: When “Stranger Things” got renewed for season four last September, a teaser revealed the show would be expanding its world, the Deseret News reported. The clip ended with the words: “We’re not in Hawkins anymore.”

  • Resolving a cliffhanger: At the end of season three, the Byers family and Eleven — who at least temporarily has lost her telekinetic powers — were moving away from Hawkins. Hopper was believed to be dead, although a cliffhanger alluded to an “American” in a Russian prison camp.
  • On Feb. 14, a trailer showed Hopper was the “American” and still very much alive — although far away from Hawkins working in a Russian prison camp, the Deseret News previously reported.

  • “Season 4 is shaping up to be the biggest and most frightening season yet, and we cannot wait for everyone to see more,” the Duffer brothers previously said. “In the meantime — pray for the American.”
  • “I know specifically that in Season 4 we will give you a big, huge reveal about Hopper’s backstory,” actor David Harbour said, according to What’s on Netflix.


  • Three more teenagers are reportedly joining the main cast, according to What’s on Netflix, and the Starcourt Mall — a major setting in season three — will see a return.
  • “Game of Thrones” star Tom Wlaschiha will be a part of season four, although his exact role hasn’t yet been revealed.