The Duffer Brothers have apparently determined how much time they need to tell Stranger Things‘ next chapter — and, once again, eight appears to be the magic number.
The series does not yet have a release date, but TVLine is reporting that Stranger Things 4 will consist of 8 episodes, much like the first and third seasons of the series. This seems to be the standard for the show, as only Season 2 went longer with 9 episodes of Stranger Things, which included the detour episode about Eleven’s adventures outside of Hawkins that received mixed reactions among fans.
The outlet also reports that Stranger Things 4 will begin filming in January and will continue until August 2020, which means that a premiere next year seems unlikely. Given the post-production work that takes place on the series, it likely won’t be available for streaming until 2021 at the earliest.
After the end of Season 3, many fans were left speculating over the fate of Sheriff Hopper who seemingly sacrificed himself, though his body was never found. The post-credits scene for the finale also indicated that Russian military forces also had someone imprisoned whom they referred to as “the American,” leading fans to believe that Hopper had somehow been transported to Russia.
The final season of Stranger Things does not yet have a release date, but the first three seasons are now available to stream on Netflix.