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.
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
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.
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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Friends Reunion: The One 17 Years Later
As you probably know by now, today we’re getting a Friends reunion! Exciting right? But much to every superfan’s dismay it’s just the cast getting together. Them reliving the memories, with host James Corden, playing games and looking around the old set. Unfortunately, it’s not a character episode where we get to find out what happened to our favourite group of friends over the last 17 years. Which let’s face it, is what we all want.
As Friends fans ourselves we are dying to find out just what happened to the gang. So much must have happened. Especially as most of the Friends children are now around the same age they were in the very first episode of Friends in 1994.
Below are our thoughts on where the gang and their families are now. So grab an oversized mug of coffee, a chocolate chip muffin and indulge in our Friends Reunion fan fiction alongside the HBO special.
Chandler, Monica, Jack and Erica.
Still living in their dream home in Westchester County, Chandler has continued his career in advertising. But has surpassed his junior title and is now the head of his copywriting team. Monica now works as a private chef and food blogger. She even has a YouTube channel with her daughter Erica. Erica is now 17 and in her senior year of high school. Monica is head of the Parent-Teacher Association, making sure all the students stick to the school rules, much to Jack and Erica’s embarrassment.
Erica follows in her mother’s footsteps as a foodie and has turned her hand to baking. With a huge following on Instagram, YouTube and TicTok, Erica is set to be big in the baking industry. Jack, Erica’s twin brother, on the other hand is a bit of an anomaly to the family as he is a rising American Football star and captain of the school’s team. He has already been offered a scholarship to several colleges across the country. Chandler tries to help him with the sport. But this mainly involves him playing Jack the video of the friends playing football on Thanksgiving in 1996. It’s not even in HD!
Chandler and Monica are still as strong as ever as they work as a team to navigate through their careers and raising their children. Not long after Rachel decided to stay in America, all the other offers on the house next door to Monica and Chandler’s fell through. Meaning the previous owners had to drop the price. Ross and Rachel bought it for a steal, something which Ross never let Monica forget and always brings it up at joint dinner parties… That was until the divorce – spoiler.
Ross, Rachel, Ben, Emma and Jamie
Not long after the pair move next door to the Bings, they decide to go back to the chapel in Vegas where they first got married and tie the knot again. This time they were sober.
After turning down the job for Louis Vuitton in Paris. Rachel got her job back at Ralph Lauren… thanks to Ron (Ross). But, she found it very hard to get back into the swing of things. Before things got too tedious at work Rachel fell pregnant with their second child, a boy called Jamie. She then decided not to go back to work and concentrate on Emma and Jack, alongside Monica and the twins.
Once Jamie was going to school, Ross who is now Director of Science at New York University, managed to call around his contacts and secure Rachel a job as a university lecturer in fashion and design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
In true Ross and Rachel fashion though, it’s not always been smooth sailing. During their sixth ‘break’, Rachel bumps into Mark (from Louis Vuitton) on her way to work. After a night of dinner and drinks, they end up in a hotel room together. The morning after as they are leaving the hotel, Jamie and Jack Bing, who are on the way to see Emma at college, catch Rachel and Mark saying goodbye. Jamie and Jack tell Emma who tells Erica who tells Monica who tells Ross – you’ve got to watch out for the trail.
Ross, after years of ‘we were on a break’ jokes, in a fit of jealousy files for divorce. And moved back to his flat in New York which he was renting out. Jamie currently lives between Ross and Rachels house. But, he has to sleep on the couch in his Dad’s apartment as Ben has also moved in with his Dad. Carol and Susan have now moved out to Baltimore. But Ben wanted to stay in New York to pursue his modelling and acting career. Which he has been working on since his childhood starring role in a soup commercial.
Emma, now 19 has also moved into central New York to study Public Affairs at Columbia University. She and her friends regally hang out a trendy smoothie bar called Juiced near Central Park. One with metal tables and plenty of USB ports for their laptops. Emma likes it so much there as it used to be where her Mum and Dad hung out with their friends when it was called Central Perk. Emma also regally meets her Mum there for a catch up when she is in the capital for work. Rachel always reminisces about the time she worked there and the burned orange couch they all sat on. She wished she knew where that was now!
Currently, Ross and Rachel are trying to work on things… they are keeping it a secret for now!
Phoebe, Mike and Valerie
Now living just a few streets away from Monica, Chandler, and Rachel. Phoebe and Mike also have a daughter Valerie, who is now 15.
Phoebe is still a Masseuse and Mike’s piano playing has reached new heights. He is now a session pianist, who plays all over New York and North America alongside big named artists. One year he was booked on a world tour with Sting. But he had to turn it down when he found out Phoebe wouldn’t be able to tag along at any time, due to the restraining order.
To make sure they always had family time Phoebe, Mike and Valerie also have a family band where they perform at weddings, birthdays, and coffee shops. They also have a new rendition of Smelly Cat which they often perform. Valarie also has a huge crush on Jamie Geller and always tries to sit next to him when they have family gatherings. Jamie doesn’t realise she has the crush though, as he is too busy trying to talk to Valerie’s older cousin Frank Jr. Jr. Whose now 23 and a very successful Drag queen rumoured to be on this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Phoebes niece, Leslie (also one of the triplets), now lives with Phoebe and Mike. After a couple of spats in rehab, following a loss in the family Leslie lost her way a little but was helped back on the right path by Phoebe who got her into massage therapy and even got her a job at the same Massage parlour.
Unknown to Phoebe, Mike and Ross, Leslie is currently dating Ben in secret and is also pregnant with his child.
Joey and Alex
Luckily for Monica and Chandler, Joey never really needed to make full-time use of his room in the Bing house. As he now lives in LA with his hot-shot lawyer wife, Alex (whom he met in ‘Joey’). Joey’s a movie star now. His most recent movie, a biographical movie where he played a young Al Pacino, got him an Academy Award nomination for the part but he lost out to the actual Al Pacino for his portrayal of in Godfather Part 4.
He does make use of ‘The Joey’ room when he comes back to visit. He often meets up with Ben to help him with his acting classes. Ben has already how the ‘Smell the Fart’ technique down.
Joey and Alex have also spent a lot of times with the Bings, as they are also going through the adoption process and need Chandler and Monica’s reference. They have said they will do it for them… but, they will not write it in crayon as they don’t think that method would work twice.
And the Friends of the Friends reunion?
Frank Jr, Alice, Frank Jr. Jr., Chandler and Leslie
Frank Jr and Alice had a long and successful relationship all the way up to 2 years ago. That’s when Alice sadly died whilst they were on the way to the Coachella festival with the triplets.
Not long after the loss of Alice, Frank Jr. sold their house and is now travelling America in a VW camper and studies yoga. Chandler enrolled at the University of Missouri to study veterinary medicine. Frank Jr. Jr. moved to Central New York where he found his love of Drag and fashion. Leslie as we know after a bit of a rocky patch is living with Pheobe.
After her second divorce to Sid Goralnik, both of her children in college and after realising Chandler is still in a committed relationship, Janice decides to take a trip to the Bahamas for a little downtime. There she meets a retired ophthalmologist.
The next time she see’s Monica and Chandler is at a family get together when she is introduced to them as the new Mrs Burk. ‘Oh My God’.
Not long after we last saw the friends, Gunther decided that if he wasn’t going to see Rachel every day there was no point in him still working at the coffee shop.
The coffee shop was taken on by a Karaoke company, then a few years after that is was bought out again and made into Juiced. For several years after leaving the coffee shop Gunther went from job to job not really knowing what he wanted to do. He was just about to lose all hope in finding his perfect career when one night he won the Lotto!
Gunther quickly invested in stocks and shares. Something he knew a lot about after listening in to people’s conversations in the coffee shop. This has since tripled his winnings. He now lives with his supermodel girlfriend, which he met whilst he was the subject of MTV’s the Batcheler, in a $2billion mansion. He managed to kit out his whole house just how he wanted, everything brand spanking new. All except one item. A burnt orange sofa that takes pride of place in his very own in-house coffee house.
So, there you have it. This is where we think our favourite Friends characters are now. Do you agree or disagree with our reunion thoughts? If you have any other ideas of what could have happened to them leave a comment below.
Find out about how Phoebe changed across the Friends series HERE.
Read IMDb information on Friends: The Reunion HERE.
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