Season 3 has just released, and if you're anything like the almost 20 million other users, you have probably already binged the entire series and are looking towards season 4.
SEASON 4 DOESN’T HAVE AN OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE ... YET
Netflix has yet to "officially" renew Stranger Things for another season, but after after a record breaking debut, and cliffhanger ending, the chances seem pretty good. Both the producer and creators the Duffer Brothers have talked about the show getting a 4th season, so let's hope they make that a reality.
SEASON 4 WILL LIKELY BE THE LAST
In an interview in 2017 the Duffer brothers mentioned the likelihood of the show ending after the 4th season, with the "possibility" of a 5th, but to not get our hopes up. (I'm not crying you're crying)
HOPPER IS ALIVE ("THE AMERICAN"), AT LEAST ACCORDING TO DAVID HARBOUR
Let's be real, we all cried at the end of season 3 when we all thought for sure Hopper was dead, we then had to sit through a heartbreaking ending scene. Until we were given a post-credits scene where "The American" was locked in a Russian Prison. The assumption of course is that he is indeed Hopper. David Harbour was asked in an interview if Hopper was behind that door, and he replied that it was "The most likely scenario". In season 3 the main Russian bad guy; basically the Russian Terminator referred to Hopper as "The American" which is a dead giveaway for who the American is going to be. If that is the case then Hopper will definitely be back in Season 4.
THE BYERS AND ELEVEN HAVE MOVED OUT OF HAWKINS
Following Hopper's "death" Joyce adopts Eleven. With Hop's dissapearance, and the danger they can't seem to escape, they decide to leave Hawkins. Which meant some very teary goodbye scenes. It will also change the centre of the Stranger Things universe, with the Byers an Eleven both out of Hawkins, Indiana, the show will definitely have some new locations to explore.
THE RUSSIANS HAVE A DEMOGORGON
The post-credits scene also revealed the Russians have a pet Demogorgon. One they feed with prisoners. We have no idea where/how they got it. Is it the demogorgon from season 1? Did it come through the gate during one of the Russian experiments? Who knows, but what does seem obvious is that the Russians intend to study and perhaps weaponize them? Whatever the reason, the Russian demogorgon means the series has gone global for season 4.