We’ve got more bad news fresh off the back of the coronavirus pandemic as David Harbour reveals Stranger Things Season 4 was about to be released a little sooner than we thought. Emphasis on the ‘was’ because it looks like COVID-19 has scuppered those plans.
Following the ‘death’ of Harbour’s Jim Hopper at the end of Season 3, fans have been left on Game of Thrones-inspired tenterhooks. The Duffer Brothers spoiled the surprise of Hopper’s survival in a frankly brilliant marketing move and had everyone even more excited for the show’s eventual return. So, just when was that supposed to be?
Speaking to his followers during an Instagram Q&A, Harbour explained Season 4 was “supposed to come out early next year, I think, although I don’t have authority on this”. However, the 44-year-old added that this will “probably be pushed back”.
The news shouldn’t come as a real shock to anyone, especially considering Stranger Things shut down production earlier this month due to coronavirus. Like Marvel shows including Loki and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Netflix has put its shows on hold for the foreseeable future.
When we last left Hawkins, the latest set photos confirmed the return of Natalia Dyer and Maya Hawke as Nancy Wheeler and Robin Buckley. Posted on Instagram by @atlanta_filming, it clearly shows both Dyer and Hawke in the shot. It’s unclear what the pair are up to, but who doesn’t want to see them share some screen time?
Stranger Things Season 3 left both Nancy and Robin behind in Hawkins as the Byers family and Eleven headed off to pastures new.
Dyer has been part of Stranger Things from the very start and was part of memorable storylines like the death of Barb, her short-lived relationship with Steve, eventually falling for Jonathathan Byers, and her career as an investigative journalist.
As for Hawke, she was a newcomer for Season 3 and quickly stole the show. The no-nonsense Scoops Ahoy employee was a formidable female force who helped uncover the Russian base at Starcourt Mall. More than this, Robin was a breath of fresh air to the Duffer Brothers’ series and came out as gay to add an LGBTQ+ presence to Stranger Things.
When Stranger Things eventually returns, it’s sure to be another huge hit for Netflix. All bets are off for what’s just around the corner, but it’s clear the writers are living up to Season 4’s tagline of, “We’re not in Hawkins anymore”.
One thing we do know is that Stranger Things won’t be crossing over into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Harbour debunked a pretty major Black Widow theory. At least an extended wait will give us plenty of time to come up with even more of those wild Stranger Things theories.
[Featured Image: Netflix]