It’s almost time for the fourth season of the Netflix hit show “Stranger Things” and for many, that just can’t come soon enough. Since its release in 2016, the science-fiction horror drama series created by the Duffer brothers has become a pop-culture phenomenon and rabidly obsessed over by fans. With the new season due out on the streaming giant, here are just a few reasons why you’ll love the fourth season of “Stranger Things”.

Returning and New Faces

The cast of “Stranger Things” is expected to remain the same, with fan favorites like Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, and Joe Keery returning as Eleven, Dustin, Will, and Steve respectively. Joining them are new faces, such as Robert Englund – best known as Freddy Kreuger in A Nightmare on Elm Street – and Jamie Campbell Bower, who have been confirmed to be appearing in the season. Having new characters to add to the mix is sure to create interesting plots and twists in the newest season.

Unexpected Plot Twists

This season’s plot is still mostly unknown, but it’s hinted that the series will pick up from the season three finale in which the Hawkins gang defeat the Mind Flayer, along with its minions. But is everything entirely as it seems? It looks like season four will bring some unexpected surprises, particularly in the form of new characters and plot twists.

In addition, the creators of “Stranger Things” have stated that the new season will take place almost a year after the events of season three, or in-show time – 1984. This could mean a lot of different things, such as changes in the situation in Hawkins and the lives of the characters.

Continued Character Development

Season three confirmed the audience’s suspicions that Hopper had not died, but rather been re-designated as a prisoner of the Russians. He is not the only core character whose life has changed since the climax of season three – Will, Mike, and Lucas all have fresh challenges to face. Further, the arrival of new characters should bring even more interesting and intriguing stories to the show.

Exciting Guest Appearances

Another reason to be anticipating the new season is the slew of notable guest stars. As mentioned previously, Robert Englum is set to appear, but so is Tom Wlaschiha – best known for his roles in “Game of Thrones” and “Star Trek: Discovery”. In addition, Michael Kelly has been cast as a member of a character’s family.

Remaining True To the Core Tone

While the new season should bring several changes in form of story and cast, producers of the show are still committed to the show’s original tone. So, despite all the changes and additions, this culture-changing series should remain wedded to the style that has made it a global phenomenon.

“Stranger Things” is once again ready to return to the forefront of pop culture, armed with all-new twists, a fresh set of characters, and the same beautiful style and atmosphere that fans have come to expect from the show. With all that the fourth season has to offer, there is no doubt that season 4 will be another great hit for its creators and its viewers.

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