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‘Stranger Things’ star says new season is more ‘mature’

‘As we are growing older as people, we have to grow older as characters,’ ‘Stranger Things’ star Gaten Matarazzo said

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Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin in a scene from “Stranger Things.”

This image released by Netflix shows Noah Schnapp, from left, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin in a scene from “Stranger Things.” Matarazzo recently said that the fourth season of “Stranger Things” is more “mature” in tone.

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Stranger Things” star Gaten Matarazzo has confirmed that the newest season of the Netflix series is the scariest one to date.

“That’s the one thing I’ve noticed,” Matarazzo told Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday. “I was reading it and was like, ‘Whoa, they’re going for it this year — that’s pretty cool.’”

The 18-year-old actor, who plays “Stranger Things” character Dustin Henderson, also said the cast is getting back to production after being on and off again amid the pandemic, People reported.

On Easter, several of the cast members got their COVID-19 vaccines. And although Matarazzo is not currently filming, he did tell Collider he is expecting to film “a bigger chunk” in April.

So what does that mean for the season’s release date? Netflix has not announced an official date for “Stranger Things” Season 4, but according to IMDb, the season is still expected to come out in 2021.

What can fans expect from ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4?

In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Matarazzo said “Stranger Things” creators Matt and Ross Duffer have raised the bar with the new season.

  • “They’re ambitious. They are hungry guys,” Matarazzo said. “They know what their show is, they know what people like about it. They know what they want and they’re going to get it, too.”

The actor — who recently finished reading the entire script for the new season — added that the tone is more mature compared to earlier seasons.

  • “I think they do that on purpose because I think they want their show to mature with their kids,” he said. “As we are growing older as people, we have to grow older as characters. They’re confronted by this issue, but they embrace it, and they use it to their advantage. And they don’t freak out when we get taller or when our voices drop or anything like that. They use it and they use it as ammunition for their writing. It’s incredible what they can do. Working with them, it’s just exceptional. Always has been.”

Will ‘Stranger Things’ go beyond a Season 4?

Last year, Ross Duffer told The Hollywood Reporter that the fourth season of “Stranger Things” won’t be the end.

  • “We know what the end is, and we know when it is,” he said.

Earlier this month, Matarazzo told Entertainment Tonight he is on board for more “Stranger Things.”

“If they want a Season 5, I’ll do a Season 5 for sure,” he said. “I love this show, I love the people. ... I don’t know if they know exactly when they want to end it — I think they know how they want to end it. I think they know where they want their characters to be.”