‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 Images Reveal New And Old Faces, Heavier Horror Influence

The three year wait is nearly over! Netflix has released the first official images from Stranger Things season four, revealing returning charaters and some fresh faces. Some of the characters we know look a little different, after all it has been three years and they don’t look like kids anymore.

In keeping with that idea, the Duffer Bros. tease that this season will lean heavier into horror because their cast is so much more mature now. They told Variety

“This year, we don’t have the kids. We can’t do ‘The Goonies’ anymore. And so, suddenly, we’re leaning much harder into that horror movie territory.”

One thing for sure; Hopper is alive and considering it’s snowing in the image he’s in, probably still in Russia. This season will take place both in Russia and California, proving definitively that all really fucked up shit is following these people around no matter where they go.

Here’s the synopsis for the season: It’s been six months since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins. Struggling with the aftermath, our group of friends are separated for the first time – and navigating the complexities of high school hasn’t made things any easier. In this most vulnerable time, a new and horrifying supernatural threat surfaces, presenting a gruesome mystery that, if solved, might finally put an end to the horrors of the Upside Down.

The regular crew returns including Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Joe Keery, Charlie Heaton, Sadie Sink, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, Cara Buono, and Brett Gelman.

New additions this season include Robert Englund as Victor Creel, Jamie Campbell Bower as Peter Ballard, Eduardo Franco as Argyle, Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson, Sherman Augustus as Lt. Colonel Sullivan, Mason Dye as Jason Carver, Nikola Djuricko as Yuri, Tom Wlaschiha as Dmitri, Myles Truitt as Patrick, Regina Ting Chen as Ms. Kelly, and Grace Van Dien as Chrissy, and Amybeth McNulty as Vickie.

This is a massive story necessitating it be broken up into two volumes, the first debuting on May 27th and the second on July 1st. Creators the Duffer Bros. have confirmed season five will be the finale, so enjoy Stranger Things while it lasts!

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