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'Stranger Things' takes darker turn in season 4

Don Tagala | TFC News New York

Posted at May 27 2022 08:53 AM

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'Stranger Things' is about to drop what is dubbed as its biggest and most epic season yet.

The fourth installment of the hit series comes nearly three years after season 3 debuted in 2019. It is set six months after the epic battle of Starcourt, the third season's explosive climax.

David Harbour, who plays Hawkins’ police chief Hopper, noted that season 4 steps it up a notch.

"The finale was particularly heart breaking, I think what we do is amp it up every season... This is a big sprint to the finish line, in this sprint; we’re gonna be doing things that we’ve wanted the whole time; we’re gonna be acknowledging what the fans wanted for a long time. I think we’re gonna hit it even harder this year... really, some of the stuff I’ve seen just blown me away, so I’m really excited for you to see," Harbour said.

For cast members, there's a lot of stranger things to look forward to this season, as the show takes a darker turn and pays homage to the 80's horror world.

"The biggest season we've had yet by far," Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin Henederson, said. "I mean we’ve spent a lot of time working on this, there’s a reason it took as long as it did."

As for Noah Schnapp who portrays Will Byers, fans can expect a 'very gory, scary season,' while Eduardo Franco, who plays Argyle, said those who are 'not into spooky,' must brace themselves.

Season 4 also welcomes new faces, bringing diversity to its cast. This is in line with Netflix's inclusion initiative to set underrepresented communities up for success in the TV and film industries.  

"We’re celebrating Asian Heritage Month. I’m just so excited to be also part of diversity in the show... It means a lot to me," actress Regina Ting Chen said.

Cast members also thanked their Filipino fans. Harbour said, "thank you for watching. Thank you for being fans. We love you guys and can’t wait for you to see season 4." Matarazzo meanwhile shared that he also wants to come to the Philippines.

The highly-anticipated fourth season is the show’s second to the last. It is so massive that it was split into two volumes, with a total of nine episodes. Volume 1 will drop on May 27 just in time for Memorial Day weekend, while Volume 2 will be released on July 1 ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.