The fourth season of Netflix’s critically acclaimed sci-fi show is coming soon in 2022 after a second teaser was released recently onto the show’s social media pages. It is the second of supposedly four trailers/teasers, indicated by the ‘002/004’ in the Instagram bio of the show’s account, unless the numbers are a different cryptic clue to Season 4’s plot.
The teaser was a very brief 30 second clip of what is to come in Season 4, with the first half of the teaser highlighting key moments and scenes from the three previous seasons, including Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) in the sensory deprivation tank from the first season and the events of July 4 that occurred in the third season.
The second half of the teaser showed new content that will be linked to Season 4. A tall grandfather clock was shown, but it is not yet clear what this is hinting at. Snapshots of Eleven from Season 4 was also shown, with her being restrained by two men. This may have pointed to Elevens’ new school life, since she moved out of Hawkins with the Byers family after Hopper (David Harbour)’s mysterious disappearance at the conclusion of Season 3.
Season 3 also made Billy (Dacre Montgomery, brother of Max Mayfield, played by Sadie Sink) an antagonist, as it was shown early in the season that he was captured by The Mind Flayer and was made a host, like Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) was in Season 2 of the show.
The third season ended with the gang defeating the Mind Flayer by closing ‘The Gate’ in the eighth episode, titled ‘The Battle of Starcourt’. The season also focussed on involvement by the Russians, with the main human antagonist Grigori (Andrey Ivchenko) coming face to face with Hopper in the season finale showdown. During their encounter, Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) turned the switches to shut off the Russian laser that was powering The Gate, and The Mind Flayers’ physical presence. The laser then exploded and Hopper disappeared, with many fans of the show speculating that he had perished, since the rest of the characters mourned his death. One of the final scenes in the third season also showed that Eleven somehow ‘lost’ her telekinetic abilities, which could have been due to her gruelling battle with The Mind Flayer.
However, fans had many theories about Hopper’s fate, with some speculating that he had passed through ‘The Gate’, ended up in Russia and was captured by the Russian soldiers. A previous Season 4 trailer, released on Valentines Day 2020, confirmed that Hopper was indeed alive, but had his hair shaved in what looked like him working in Russian territory.
The most recent trailer also showed Hopper with a flamethrower in what is supposedly set in Russia, and the season looks to coincide with the growing tensions in the Cold War.
Fans will have to wait a while longer to uncover the mysterious truth about Hopper, and what adventures await for the gang in the fourth season of the hit show. Meanwhile, be sure to rewatch the first three seasons of Stranger Things exclusively on Netflix and the new teaser trailer on the official Stranger Things social media pages.