Stranger Things officially renewed for season 4 at Netflix

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After an extensive period of negotiations, Stranger Things will return to Netflix for a fourth season…

Stranger Things season 4 is now officially happening! Netflix has signed up the show’s creators, the Duffer brothers, in a nine-figure deal that will include making sure we revisit Dustin, Mike et al to see them leave Hawkins and go …well, elsewhere. It’s not clear exactly where yet, but certainly they’ll stray outside of Hawkins when the hit series returns to the streaming service, as revealed in the renewal announcement below.

“The Duffer Brothers have captivated viewers around the world with Stranger Things and we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with them to bring their vivid imaginations to other film and series projects our members will love,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix in a statement. “We can’t wait to see what The Duffer Brothers have in store when they step outside the world of The Upside Down.”

So what’s in store in season 4? The Duffers have been fairly coy about it, but revealed they’d be expanding the scope of the show quite a while ago…

“We don’t want to write ourselves in a corner so we try to have these early discussions with the writers just to make sure that we’re setting ourselves up to go in the right direction,” Ross Duffer said in an interview with EW. “We don’t know a lot, but we do know a lot of the big broad strokes. At the end of season two, we knew about Billy. We knew that the Russians were going to come in. We didn’t know the mall and stuff, but again, we know these big broad strokes. That’s sort of where we are in season four. We have the big broad strokes. It’s just now about filling in those lines in the details. We’re pretty excited about where it’s potentially going to go. Again, like we said, it’s going to feel very different than this season. But I think that’s the right thing to do and I think it’ll be exciting.”

Matt Duffer added this: “I think the biggest thing that’s going to happen is it’s going to open up a little bit, not necessarily in terms of scale, in terms of special effects, but open up in terms of allowing plotlines into areas outside of Hawkins.”

Also, executive producer Shawn Levy said this: “Certainly season three ends with several plot strands that are separate from each other. And should there be a season 4, I think we’ll see them all explored.”

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more…