• Matt Bishop

Netflix's 'Stranger Things' Resumes Production On Season 4

The streaming service shared a cryptic on-set photo.

'Stranger Things' [Netflix]

While 2020 has been a rollercoaster ride filled with ups and seemingly mostly downs, Netflix has shared some good news from The Upside Down.

In a cryptic tweet, the streaming service has revealed that their hit sci-fi drama Stranger Things is back in production. Work on season 4 of the show has previously shut down due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Now, cast and crew are seemingly back on set.

In the photo shared by both Netflix and Stranger Things' official Twitter accounts, a clapperboard is featured in front of a blurry clock. The clapperboard reads "Scene 8.19, Take 79." Some fans may see this as no coincidence, as Soviet Cosmonauts Vladimir Lyakhov and Valery Ryumin return to Earth on August 19, 1979 after having spent 175 days in outer space.

"Now going into the fourth season, there’ll be a real shift to what he’s going to become — or what he has to become after his character’s 'death.' His 'resurrection' has to be something different," show star David Harbour stated on the L.A. Times Can't Stop Watching podcast earlier this year.

Harbour added, "We’re going to go into a lot more stuff you don’t know about. It won’t come as a surprise, because it’s been laid in certain ways, but you really don’t understand the depths of it. They’ve been putting me off for years and then they gave me these things. I’m like 'Whoa, yes, we’re finally going to get into this stuff that we’ve been talking about since day one of the first season.' This stuff is meaty, rich stuff that I’ve always known about him and been dying to talk about, but we haven’t revealed it yet." 

Since then, Harbour also revealed that Season 4 will not be the end of the Emmy nominated series. The show could possibly be returning for a fifth season, which series creators the Duffer Brothers later confirmed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

"Season four won't be the end," said Ross Duffer. "We know what the end is, and we know when it is. [The pandemic] has given us time to look ahead, figure out what is best for the show. Starting to fill that out gave us a better idea of how long we need to tell that story."