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Stranger Things – What We Know And What We Want To Happen In Season 4

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In 2016, Stranger Things opened on an emotionally intense Dungeons and Dragons game. Since then we’ve dealt with the equally horrifying events of school dances. Then people melting into a monster. Then dating for the first time. Oh and of course beating demo-dogs to death with a nail-studded bat. Well, it’s all part of growing up in Hawkins, and Season 4 is just around the corner.

After four years of Stranger Things, we’re all still clamoring for news about what’s next in store for our D&D club. Following a massive cliffhanger at the end of Season 3, news about the next installment is in high demand.

There is no official release date for Season 4. So in the meantime, here’s what we think may happen in the next chapter of Stranger Things.

What we know about Stranger Things Season 4

The Return of Hopper

The post-credit scene in Season 3 left us with the tease of a tamed Russian Demogorgon and an American that must not be fed to it.

Then a teaser-trailer that was dropped on Valentine’s Day 2020. We can confirm that “the American” they were referring to was Jim Hopper (David Harbour). Hopper, whom we thought died in an explosion, is confirmed by the Duffer Brothers (Matt and Ross) to return to the series. Back in February, they issued a statement to fans called “from Russia with love” that said that “He is imprisoned far from home in the snowy wasteland of Kamchatka, where he will face dangers both human… and other.” Furthermore, Harbour told Deadline that this arc for Hopper is the darkest yet, and we will likely see a solo story for the fan-favourite.

New Settings

The announcement of Stranger Things Season 4 came with the tagline “We’re not in Hawkins anymore,”. All evidence points to that being partially true.

In the same statement as above, the Duffer Brothers explained that while Hopper is kicking around Russia, “back in the states, a new horror is beginning to surface, something long-buried, something that connects everything …”.

The fan account @StrangerThingsSpoilers on Instagram revealed that there are film crews back at Hawkins High School and the Hawkins Arcade locations. For now, it appears that Season 4 will be split at least between Kamchatka and Hawkins.

The Scariest Season Yet

Both the Duffer Brothers and cast-members have mentioned that this is the scariest season to date.

To conclude their “from Russia with love” statement. The Duffer Brothers ominously said that “season four is shaping up to be the biggest and most frightening season yet. We cannot wait for everyone to see more. In the meantime – pray for the American.”

Joe Keery, who plays Steve Harrington, told Total Film Magazine that this season is going to be a lot scarier than last year. Although he conceded that he says that every year.

Rumours about Stranger Things Season 4

New and Returning Characters

The brunt of the main cast from Season 3 will be returning. With the exception of Dacre Montgomery, who played Billy. Although, nothing is impossible in Sci-fi, and I personally would love to see that mullet make a comeback. I doubt we’ll see any more of Barb though.

This season, there are some new characters added to the fray. The Duffer Brothers have made comments to TVLine that they want to add three new recurring teenage roles. Plus one recurring adult role to Season 4, although no news on who that might be yet.

We also know that Tom Wlaschiha will appear as a Russian in the new season, thanks to his appearance in the teaser trailer.

Priah Ferguson, who plays Erica Sinclair, has been upped to a series regular. We also know that Nikola Đuričko has been cast for Season 4, but no news on who he might play. Joel Stoffer has also been confirmed for a small role.

We don’t know yet what these new roles will look like, but it appears that the already large ensemble cast will be getting some new members.

Time and Place

We know that Stranger Things Season 4 will more than likely feature both Russia and Hawkins. But what of the Byers and Eleven, who moved away at the end of Season 3? Will there be a third location, or will they make a return to Hawkins?

They did tease that they will return for holidays, and thus far every season of Stranger Things has centred around a holiday. This has led us to speculate that this season may centre around Christmas. This gives the Byers family and Eleven a reason to return to Hawkins. A reason to get the group back together. While past seasons of Stranger Things have taken place around that time, none of them has explicitly centred around Christmas. Unless of course you count the Christmas lights alphabet.

This would all mean that the events would take place at least half a year after Season 3. But, if it takes place a year and a half after Season 3 in Christmas 1986, then the Chernobyl explosion would have happened between Seasons 3 and 4. That could open some doors for interesting plot lines to explore with Hopper in Russia. Could that tragedy be related to the Upside Down?

What We’d Like to See in Season 4

Weaponized Monsters

The post-credit scene for Season 3 revealed that the Russians have a Demogorgon in their custody. Their actions in Season 3 also suggest that they are attempting to weaponize the Upside Down.

Their motive was unclear beyond that they just wanted to open the gate to the Upside Down. With guesses that they would use it to travel discreetly during the end of the Cold War or to develop weapons. But perhaps they are attempting to weaponize the creatures that live there.

While the United States stumbled upon the Upside Down during their experiments with Eleven. It’s not far-fetched to guess that they might try to counter the USSR with a similar tool.

If that’s the case, could we see a world in which the US and the USSR are actively using the Upside Down and its inhabitants against one another?

If the Russians have truly tamed a Demogorgon, what does that imply for the Cold War, and how will they use it against the United States? Or will they lose control, and destroy themselves?

This could explain the plot tie between Hopper in Russia and the kids in Hawkins. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting concept that opens a lot of doors to new plot twists.

The Other Numbers

In Season 2 we were introduced to more numbers beyond just Eleven…and then nothing happened with that.

While that specific episode was met with a bad fan response, it was interesting to meet other super-powered children. With no development in Season 3, the door to what their existence could mean for the story is still wide open.

We don’t know much about the threat Hawkins will face this season, but if it’s anything like past seasons, it will be bigger. At the end of Season 3 Eleven lost her powers, and we may need the extra assistance of more numbers to beat back this season’s threat.

With the rumour that the Duffer brothers want to add three more teenage roles, it’s not far-fetched to guess that they may come from the same lab as Eleven. These new roles may also signal the passing of the torch to a new generation as the original cast become more in demand elsewhere in Hollywood.

What’s the Deal with Eleven?

Eleven is hands down the most powerful character in Stranger Things, and she has been crucial to beating back the Mind-Flayer every step of the way. But with her powers gone, what will her role look like in Season 4, and how will Hawkins fight the Upside-Down without them?

Most can assume, like Mike, that her powers will return. But an interesting fan theory posted on Reddit by ‘weedmonkey666‘ suggests that the return of Eleven’s powers could be the worst thing to happen to the gang.

She was bitten by a monster in Season 3, so she may be poisoned by the Mind Flayer. Perhaps it could turn her against the town as it did to Billy in Season 3. If that happens Eleven with her powers would be catastrophic. She would be an almost impossible opponent for the gang, not only because of her power but also because of their emotional connection to her.

Our Characters

Part of what makes Stranger Things so compelling is that in the midst of life and death struggles, they’re still just teenagers and slightly awkward adults.

Joyce and Hopper have their fair share of chemistry. But with Hopper stuck in Russia, it’s not far off to assume that getting back to Joyce could be a major underlying motivation for him.

Max also lost her older brother in Season 3, and while he was an atrocious sibling she’s now on her own with her abusive father. How will that struggle, paired with the grief of losing a sibling, affect her? Will her boyfriend, Lucas, help her through that, or will it tear them apart?

Now we’ve got two long distance relationships to contend with too. Mike and Eleven and Nancy and Jonathan. Nancy and Jonathan seemingly want to make the distance work, but will someone else swoop in to help Nancy deal with the distance? Perhaps a rekindling of Steve and Nancy? And will Mike and Eleven make their young love work or will their head’s be turned by someone new?

There’s a lot to contend with here, and every couple has significant issues in front of them.

Unfortunately, it also looks to be the end of the D&D league, with the boys already losing interest in Season 3 and with Will moving away.

As long as Steve, Robin, and Dustin continue on as the iconic trio they became in Season 3, I’m cool with anything else they might throw at us.

Is this the end?

Season 4 will not be the last season of Stranger Things.

The Duffer brothers claim to have an ending clearly mapped out, and Season 5 will more than likely be the end.

They have stated before that they’ve always seen it as a 4-5 season story, and they have made several statements that Season 4 will not be the last season.

There’s a lot we don’t know yet about Season 4, and unfortunately, there’s no official date for when we’ll get the answers to our questions. However, filming did resume on September 28, 2020, and the earliest we can expect a release is Summer 2021.


And that’s our list of what we know and what we want to happen in Season 4 of Stranger Things. What do you think? Did we miss any rumours you’ve heard of or confirmed details? Let us know in the comments below.


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10 Years Of Game Of Thrones

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Since it first aired on 17 April 2011, Game of Thrones has captured the imagination of many fans from start to finish. But, after the lacklustre and rushed ending of this epic fantasy series in 2019, we find ourselves wondering: has its legacy been completely ruined? After 10 years is it worth looking again at the legacy of Game of Thrones? After all, like the fallen Ned Stark once said: “some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word”.

Have Game of Thrones fan’s been hit too hard by the hurried and unjust ending? Are there storylines and characters within the eight seasons that make up for the less than favourable ending?

After looking back through the seasons, below are what we think are some of the best and most redeeming moments and characters within the series. These could be the reason why fans stay loyal to Game of Thrones and even get excited about future prequels or sequels. We already have next year’s Game of Thrones – House of Dragons series to expect.

WARNING: Only read on if you have watched the entire series as there are spoilers.

Sansa Stark becomes Queen of the North

We ended the series with Winterfell once again being led by a member of the House of Stark. Queen Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), who regained The North as an independent Kingdom. This decision from the writers is easily the most satisfying conclusion to come out of the finale. And easily one of the best beginning to end character arcs in all Game of Thrones.

Starting out as quite an unfavourable character and the least liked Stark of the pack, mainly due to her spoiled and brattish behaviour. Sansa ended up being the character we were all rooting for. Especially when it came to regaining the north and standing her ground with Daenerys Targaryen – “What about the North”.

But it wasn’t an easy road for her to get to that point. She had to endure a lot of horrific scenes, storylines, and marriages which shaped her character from a little bird to a Queen. But as Sansa said herself, whilst talking to The Hound/Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann), “Without Little Finger and Ramsey and the rest I would have stayed a little bird all my life”. We’re glad she didn’t stay a little bird and became the Queen the North.

Arya Stark kills the Night King

When it came to the death of the Night King there were only a handful of characters who could do the deed. But, if you were anything like us, we had our money firmly on Jon Snow (Kit Harington). But, it was his kick-ass little sister, Arya Stark (Masie Williams), that ended the long night. With a fatal blow to the Night King’s heart with her Valyrian Steel Dagger.


In this episode, there was hardly any dialogue, especially in the last 30 minutes, which made the whole cinematography of the final scenes so much more poignant. From the camera angles to the incredible score which was accompanied only by sound effects and the odd fighting shout of pain. It left us in suspense and just as we thought all hope was lost, as the Night King approached Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and fans started to believe that Game of Thrones was going to take another huge twist, winter was here to stay. Out came our hero from the dark, the epic shot where Arya was flying through the air will always be one of our all-time favourites.

The night before winter came

Another part of the final series that I think deserves some props, was episode two (mainly the last 30ish minutes). This episode was the calm before the storm. But it was also very well done, from this point, as a viewer we didn’t really know who was going to survive and who was going to die. Something that we were never sure with when watching Game of Thrones.

We managed to get some nice send-off scenes for most of the characters which kept the suspense alive. We saw Sansa and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) meet again, Arya and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) finally ‘get together’ but most notably there was a comical and heart-warming meeting by the fire with Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Brienne of Tarth (Gwendolin Christie), Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju), Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) and Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman).

There were jokes, Brienne got knighted and we even got a song from Podrick. Which was made into a satisfying montage for other characters around Winterfell as well.

Arya Stark and the house of Frey

The demise of the House of Frey was indeed a good and a well-justified one. Positioned over the last episode of season six and the first episode of season seven. Arya Stark used her new newly found face-swapping abilities to first bamboozle Walder Frey (David Bradley) into eating a pie. Food made from his sons and then again to become Frey to poison the rest of the house.

This was the revenge we wanted for the fallen Starks of The Red Wedding and Arya was just the person to serve it! Because the revenge plot was separated between the two seasons it almost confused us fans. When we started to watch season seven and saw that Walder Fray was still alive the quick-minded ones of us straight away realised what was happening. Yet, there was a handful of us who looked just as confused at Frey’s wife/daughter who was standing next to him. That was until Arya took Walder Frey’s face off.

Cersei Lannister blows up the Sept of Baelor

Another example where the series utilises an amazing music score is in the last episode of season 10. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) finally goes all out with her vindictive evilness and blows up the Sept of Baelor. With her daughter in law Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), The High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) and a host of other people she didn’t like, locked inside.

The whole scene lasts about eight minutes and also includes Lancel Lannister (Eugene Simon), having his tendons slit by one of Lord Varys’s (Conleth Hill) little birds, so he couldn’t stop the destruction which was about to happen. There was also the violent demise of Pycelle (Julian Glover), once again by Lord Varys’s little birds. Which was orchestrated by the crafty Qyburn (Anton Lesser).

Whilst this is happening a very smug Cersei watches over the chaos, with a glass of red. But, one thing Cersei didn’t account for was after the acknowledgement of his new bride’s murder, her son, King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) walked himself out of the window to his death.

Battle of the B**tards

Most of the battle scenes in Game of Thrones are pretty epic, but The Battle of the B**tards was by far one of the best. Accompanied by a killer soundtrack and great sound effects this battle was both jaw-dropping and breathtaking.

From the moment Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson) was killed by Ramsey Bolton (Iwan Rheon) to the moment Sansa sets Bolton’s dogs on him, there was action scene after action scene that captivated all of us and also gave us the Winterfell redemption story we needed. The death of Ramsey Bolton was also the most satisfying death since that of King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson).

In this section of high intercity scenes, we get to see Little Finger/ Lord Peter Baelish (Aidan Gillen) do something useful for once by bringing the Vale Knights of House Arryn to save Jon Snow from dying… for a second time.

Daenerys Targaryen and the unsullied

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) was a fan favourite from her first scene. But the admiration for her character grew and grew throughout the seasons. One of the most defining moments was when she visits Astapor on the search for an army to aid her in reclaiming the throne.

After meeting the hostile and pig-headed Kraznys mo Nakloz (Dan Hildebrand), Master of Astapor, Slaver and Unsullied overseer, who taunts Daenerys, believing she didn’t know how to speak Valyrian, he agrees to sell her all 8,000 Unsullied members for one of her dragons.

As most of their communications were through his servant Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) he believed Daenerys didn’t hear all the things he was saying. Which made the end scene so much more satisfying. Once the exchange is done, she has the Unsullied whip in hand and Krazny is trying to hold on to the dragon on a chain. She speaks to the Unsullied in clear Valyrian and finally tells Krazny who she is – Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen the blood of old Valyrian.

The moment she tells the Unsullied to slay the masters and uttered the word Dracarys, will forever be the day when we truly started to see how badass she really is!

The red wedding

As horrendous as it is to watch it’s clear that the Red Wedding is still a highlight of season three and indeed the series.

Yes, we already knew by now that anything could happen in Game of Thrones. And blood and gore was a regular occurrence. But this scene took things to a new level with a blood bath no one saw coming… Not even King of the North Rob Stark.

This heart-stopping 10 minutes of cushion grabbing TV, not only saw the death of two of the most loved Starks Rob and Catelyn Stark but also the death of Rob’s wife and unborn child. As well as the betrayal of Roose Bolton a supposed friend of the Starks (Michael McElhatton) and the house of Frey.

This scene cemented for us that no one can predict what is going to happen when you play the Game of Thrones. You win or You Die, there is no middle ground.

The two most sassy characters

When it comes to Game of Thrones, I think we can all agree that the one thing they got right, time and time again was the casting. And this never rang truer than with Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) and Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg). They didn’t have the biggest parts within the series, but boy, did they make their presence known. It got to the point where we were just waiting for their scenes to see what would come out of their mouths next.

Lyanna Mormont

Who’s the most impressive pre-teen in the whole of Westeros? That’s right Lyanna Mormont. Even at 10 years old I wouldn’t mess with her. Through the whole three seasons she was in, she demanded and captivated the audience. She said it how it was, and she wasn’t scared of a single thing. She came in like a warrior, back chatting Jon Snow and Sansa and acting like a total boss. Finally, she went out like a warrior taking a giant walker down with her.

Olenna Tyrell

The original, potty-mouthed grandmother Olenna Tyrell had line after line of roasting stingers. No one was safe from her sharp-tongued antics. But the one person that was firmly on her radar was Cersei Lannister. Especially after Cersei killed her family in the sept. In true Olenna style, even after she had been fatally poisoned, she still had the last word, admitting to Jamie Lannister that it was her that killed his and Cersei’s son, King Joffrey Baratheon.


There you have it, some of our favourites and redeeming scenes from Game of Thrones after 10 years, what do you think? What are your favourite scenes or storylines? Let us know in the comments below.


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