Stranger Things” has reportedly resumed filming for season 4. 

What’s going on: 

  • Deadline reported earlier this month that the popular Netflix series planned to resume filming once again in Atlanta on Sept. 28 — a year after getting renewed for a fourth season.
  • Newsweek and What’s on Netflix recently shared images of locations like Hawkins’ arcade, video store and high school, set up once more for production. 
  • Season 4 production first began on Jan. 7 and was expected to conclude on Aug. 5, the Deseret News previously reported. But like most film and TV shows, production got put on hold in March due to the pandemic.
  • At that time, “Stranger Things” was two episodes into filming and had wrapped up filming on location in Vilnius, Lithuania, according to What’s on Netflix
  • Originally, the season’s release was expected in 2020. The season — which has at least 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. 

It won’t be the end

  • During the pandemic, “Stranger Things” creators Matt and Ross Duffer have formed a better idea of how long the series should continue, and it appears the end won’t be coming anytime soon, the Deseret News reported. 
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  • “Season 4 won’t be the end,” Ross Duffer told The Hollywood Reporter in August. “We know what the end is, and we know when it is.”

Release date

  • Netflix has not announced an official release date for the fourth season, but based on filming schedules, the earliest the “Stranger Things” season could come out is July or August, according to Radio Times.
  • Filming for the earlier seasons has typically taken between six to seven months, and four months are usually required for post-production, Radio Times reported. 

Storyline

  • A season 4 teaser last September revealed the show would expand its world, the Deseret News reported. The clip ended with the words: “We’re not in Hawkins anymore.”
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  • At the end of season 3, 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.
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  • “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, according to the Deseret News. “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.

Cast

  • Three more teenagers are reportedly joining the main cast, according to What’s on Netflix, and the Starcourt Mall — a major setting in season 3 — will return.
  • “Game of Thrones” star Tom Wlaschiha will also be a part of season 4, although his exact role hasn’t yet been revealed.