Some big news just dropped for Stranger Things fans. Today Netflix released a teaser trailer for Stranger Things 4, and announced the series’ creators and showrunners, The Duffer Brothers, have signed a multi-year film and series overall deal. The biggest revelation, though, is the info revealed at the end of the trailer which says, “We’re not in Hawkins anymore.”
Hawkins is the unassuming little town where the show takes place. The popular Netflix program made its debut in the summer of 2016, and by the time Stranger Things 3 arrived this summer, Hawkins has become one of the shows main characters. Seeing the show step outside Hawkins’ familiar boundaries will be a big shift for the series and its fans. Viewers lost their s#it when a season two episode titled Lost Sister took place entirely outside of Hawkins.
Stranger Things 4 teaser trailer:
I’m all for the show shifting its focus to the world outside Hawkins. As the stakes increase with each season, it’s odd that catastrophic events keep happening to the same sleepy little town. A story about psychic children, evil Russian scientists, and inter-dimensional travel warrants an expansive story that isn’t bound to one small location.
Stranger Things 3 was all about the kids growing up and showing us the ways becoming young adults changed their friendships. And as the characters continue to grow, the next step for them is to step outside of their comfort zone – even if their comfort zone is a quaint little town beleaguered by Demogorgons.
Leaving Hawkins is a big step for the show, no doubt. But I have faith in The Duffer Brothers vision for the show. They’ve done an excellent job creating a rich world full of lovable characters, awful villains, and thrilling adventures. So far, the show has only improved with each season, so I’m excited by the prospect of the Duffers expanding Stranger Things’ scope by leaving Hawkins behind.
That Shelf will have more information on Stranger Things 4 once it becomes available.