WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Stranger Things 3, streaming now on Netflix.
By the time Season 3 of Stranger Things concluded, it was clear the hit Netflix series was already setting up an intriguing fourth season. However, while the streaming service has yet to officially give Stranger Things 4 a green light, that doesn't mean creators Ross and Matt Duffer don't know where the series would potentially go next.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the brothers revealed that Season 4 would have a very different feel from its predecessor.
"We don’t want to write ourselves in a corner so we try to have these early discussions with the writers just to make sure that we’re setting ourselves up to go in the right direction," Ross said. "We don’t know a lot, but we do know a lot of the big broad strokes. At the end of season two, we knew about Billy. We knew that the Russians were going to come in. We didn’t know the mall and stuff, but again, we know these big broad strokes. That’s sort of where we are in season four. We have the big broad strokes. It’s just now about filling in those lines in the details. We’re pretty excited about where it’s potentially going to go. Again, like we said, it’s going to feel very different than this season. But I think that’s the right thing to do and I think it’ll be exciting."
"I think the biggest thing that’s going to happen is it’s going to open up a little bit, not necessarily in terms of scale, in terms of special effects, but open up in terms of allowing plotlines into areas outside of Hawkins," Matt added.
"Assuming there’s a season 4, obviously the question of who that American is in that cell and then also what they’re doing with the Demogorgon, is a tease," Ross continued. "That’s obviously going to play a huge role in a potential season four."
"Certainly season three ends with several plot strands that are separate from each other," executive producer Shawn Levy added. "And should there be a season 4, I think we’ll see them all explored."
Created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Priah Ferguson, Cary Elwes, Jake Busey and Maya Thurman-Hawke.