Stranger Things Season 4 Teaser Moves Beyond Hawkins, Teases That Hopper Maybe Alive

The Mind Flayer isn’t gone forever it seems, but it’s also not in Hawkins anymore. Netflix has turned our week upside down as it officially greenlit a fourth season of Stranger Things. Not just that, the renewal has been announced alongside an ominous teaser video.

As the show’s traditional creepy music and eerie looks is disrupted by a series of photo-negative flashes, the title card fades from fluorescent red to an overgrown dark grey, and viewers glimpse an eerie clearing populated by a broken clock and a Hawkins road sign. The scene abruptly cuts to one sentence, punctuated by bell tolls saying, “We’re not in Hawkins anymore”.

This makes sense, given that Season 3 ended with Joyce, Jonathan, Will, and Eleven leaving Hawkins. The rest of the cast remained in the small town, save for Max’s older brother Billy, who at this point is dead, and Hopper, who disappeared after closing the gate to the Upside Down. A post-credits teaser at the end of Season 3, however, hinted that Hopper may be alive and may be in the Soviet Union, but nothing has been confirmed yet. And also, the Russians have a Demogorgon now.

While the teaser for season four promises exploring more of the world, brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, who serve as the show’s creators and executive producers, say they won’t totally ditch Hawkins just yet. They said, “We can’t wait to tell many more stories together; beginning, of course, with a return trip to Hawkins”! Previously, the Duffers had mentioned that a season four of Stranger Things would likely be the last.

Netflix has not announced a release date for season four of Stranger Things.