This article contains spoilers for seasons 1-3 of Stranger Things.
The hit sci-fi horror series Stranger Things, created by the Duffer Brothers, is back after nearly three years. Since the last time we saw the Hawkins Gang Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Will (Noah Schnapp), Dustin (Canadian) Ten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Max (Sadi Zink) have been long since. So it’s totally understandable if you’ve forgotten where the show ended in season 3. With the release date for season 4 of Stranger Things approaching, well, with at least the first seven episodes on the way, it’s time to head back to Hawkins, Indiana.
Here’s everything you need to know before watching Stranger Things season 4:
Hawkins Gang has been separated
Sadly, after everything failed in season 3, the main crew had to part ways, and the school year looked rather bleak. Joyce Byer (Winona Ryder) decides to leave Hawkins with her sons Will and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton). Eleven believes Hopper (David Harbour) is dead and moves to California with the Byers family. The Season 4 trailer does offer a glimpse of El being overlooked and mocked at the new school. That’s not to say things are looking so good for the rest of Indiana’s crew. Max stayed to mourn Billy after his death, and she can now levitate for unknown reasons. Lucas was on the basketball team, Mike and Dustin were still hanging out and we saw them cheering for him in the crowd.
El no longer has her powers
OK, this is important. Eleven face off against mind flayers, the big villains of Strange Things, in a fierce battle at Starcourt Mall. Although she managed to inflict significant damage to the creature, it ended up biting her, leaving the flesh in her legs (disgusting). When she pulled it out, she lost her strength. The trailer confirms this as she tries to use it and fails. Stranger Things season 4 will likely revolve around El’s struggles without her powers, which tend to help the gang come to the rescue.
Billy sacrifices himself in thrilling redemption arc
Max’s older brother, Billy Hargrove (Dake Montgomery), was possessed by a mind flayer in season 3. The gang tried to burn the creature by locking him in the sauna, but that didn’t work. During the battle at Starcourt Mall, just as the possessed Billy is about to have El be killed by a monster, Billy’s memory begins, giving up his life to save Max, El and Will. While it’s a redemption arc for one character, it’s a bloody feast. Also, Season 4 seems to have a strange humanoid monster, which leads to one of the biggest questions heading into the next chapter – is that Billy?
Hopper is still alive, in a Russian prison. Oh, the Russians have their own demogorgon.
Besides the upside-down, other horrors await the gang. Things get even more confusing when Hopper and Joyce discover that the Russians are planning to build a gateway to Upside Down beneath the Starcourt mall. At the end of the show, Hopper was thrown into jail. More importantly they also have a demogorgon. This can’t be good news.
Season 4 of Stranger Things is now live.