Shawn Levy, executive producer for Stranger Things, reveals that the storytelling scope for season 4 of Netflix’s hit series is more epic than ever.
Executive producer, Shawn Levy, of Stranger Things, reveals that the storytelling scope of season 4 is more epic than ever before. The long-awaited new season of Netflix’s hit show has faced numerous delays. While filming originally began in early 2020, the production was forced to shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Filming finally resumed back in September of 2020 and has continued since then, leaving fans eager to get a glimpse of any updates on the new season.
Season 3 of Stranger Things premiered over two years ago and left audiences on the edge of their couches with a number of cliffhangers. Since then, some of the plot details of the 4th season have been revealed, such as Hopper’s (David Harbour) fate, which was previously left up in the air. Presumed dead at the end of the last season, details from the new season have revealed that Hopper is a prisoner in a Russian prison camp. Another game-changing season 3 cliffhanger was the entire Byers family leaving Hawkins for good. Both of these plot lines, which are central to the next season, tease the expanding scope of the series.
In an interview with Slash Film, Levy reveals that the storytelling scope of season 4 of Stranger Things is more epic than ever before. While Levy doesn’t dish up any new plot details, he does confirm that the new season is “bigger” and “more mature.” See Levy’s full quote below:
“Both of those are true. It’s epic storytelling. It’s still rooted in character, but the scope of the storytelling is more epic and cinematic than we’ve ever attempted before.”
Given the details already revealed about the latest season, it’s clear that Stranger Things is expanding beyond the original storyline. Whereas the first three seasons were primarily contained within one specific place (Hawkins), the new season looks like it’s leaving that place behind. Since Hopper is a prisoner in a Russian camp, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see many scenes take place in Russia. Additionally, the Byers family will need to take root in another city, so that alone will open up the storyline to new places. Levy also mentions the new season will be more cinematic than before, which means there will most likely be more special effects and scenes on a massive scale. It does seem like season 4 is gearing up for some big changes.
While season 5 of Stranger Things is most likely in the works, it will probably be the last and final season of the series, especially consider the show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, have previously said the series will end either on the 4th or 5th season. Since it appears the show is heading towards its ultimate conclusion, it’s good to see it expand beyond its original story to take more risks. Will those risks pay off, though? Only time will tell.
Source: Slash Film
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