The kids of ‘Stranger Things’ have their hands full in the official trailer for the upcoming fourth season – and not just because of the ever-present threat from the much older ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ cast who are making their way into the high school.
The first half of the Netflix show’s penultimate season arrives May 27, nearly three years after the last batch of episodes, with Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and the gang all grown up and going to war with a terrifying new monster from the Upside Down.
The first trailer, released on Tuesday, opens with an ominous warning from a large-scale, zombified villain: “You’ve broken everything. Your suffering is almost over.
Next, we see the group reeling from the tragic events of the Season 3 finale, in which Eleven lost her powers after defeating the Mind Flayer in the Battle of Starcourt. Over the next six months, she left the chaos of Hawkins behind in favor of a new life in California with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and the rest of the Byers family.
But a new evil apparently brings together his friends, including cast members Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo and Sadie Sink, for another bizarre adventure.
“A war is coming. Your friends in Hawkins really are in the eye of a storm,” an Eleven man warns in the trailer. “I don’t know how to say this other than just to say it – without you we can’t win this war.”
The clip also gives a brief glimpse of the very much alive Hopper (David Harbour), who searches for a new purpose while locked away in a demogorgon-infested Russian prison.
Fan favorites Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Maya Hawke, Paul Reiser and Joe Keery also return this season, and Robert Englund – who is best known for playing Freddy Krueger in the ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ franchise “, which served as the first inspiration for the series – joins the series.
“They’re not kids anymore, they’re really full-fledged teenagers,” series co-creator Matt Duffer recently told Netflix’s Queue magazine. “That’s why this season we leaned more into horror. We thought they should be in their own [version] from ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’, basically.
The supersized fourth season will contain nine episodes, with each episode spanning nearly twice the length of those in previous seasons. In total, the new season — the back half of which kicks off on July 1 — has over 800 pages of episode scripts and thousands of visual effects shots.
Everything is preparing for the conclusion of “Stranger Things”: The Duffer Brothers announced in February that the series would end after its fifth season.