A month after Netflix and The Duffer Bros. (Matt and Ross Duffer) made the inevitable official with the announcement that Stranger Things would be returning for a fourth season, fans started learning more about what the upcoming season holds for viewers. Reports of a casting call for four male characters began circulating; then in the beginning of November, the writers revealed the name of the season premiere (more on that below).
As production starts to take shape (with major production work expected to begin January 2020), the show's writers started offering weekly coded "updates" via Twitter through what they affectionately refer to as "Video Store Fridays." Every Friday, the writers reveal five films discussed during the week that will influence the eight episodes – and you can catch up on the previous weeks' selections here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
Now, we expected the December 20th "Video Store Fridays" to be the last we'd hear from the writers before we had to change calendars to 2020 – but they just couldn't help themselves. Responding to a Twitter question thrown their way on Christmas afternoon, it was revealed that the white-framed square/box in their Twitter handle display name is actually "one last tease" to ring in the holidays with (check out a blown up image above and the original tweet below).
While online speculation has ranged from Times Square to a chalboard to six-degree-prison-or-closet (even a prison cell window), we're putting our money on it being a nod to the Apple Macintosh (Mac).
Then again… maybe it also has to with Polaroids? Hmmm…
Think we're right? Have two scoops of your own speculation you'd like to share? Let us know by commenting below…
one last tease before the new year 😈 https://t.co/nWiwEERKfr
— stranger writers (@strangerwriters) December 25, 2019
"Stranger Things" Day!
For those of you new to the holiday, Stranger Things Day takes place every year on November 6, and was created to show love, respect, appreciation for the hit series. The significance of the date rests at the very heart of the franchise: it was the date during the first season when Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) officially disappeared in the Upside Down.
After a day's worth of season blooper releases, the Stranger Things writers held up their end of a day's worth of teasing by revealing the title of the first episode of the fourth season (written by the series' creators) that appears to be a friendly nod to 80's X-Men comics:
looking for new members… are you in? pic.twitter.com/P1xAWNUPss
— stranger writers (@strangerwriters) November 7, 2019
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) November 7, 2019
Confirmation of the series' return came more than three months after the show's third season debut, and with the Duffer Bros. signing an overall multi-year television/film deal with the streamer (reported to be in the nine-figure range).
"We are absolutely thrilled to continue our relationship with Netflix. Back in early 2015, Ted Sarandos, Cindy Holland, Brian Wright and Matt Thunell took a huge chance on us and our show — and forever changed our lives. From that first pitch meeting to the release of Stranger Things 3, the entire Netflix team has been nothing short of sensational, providing us with the kind of support, guidance and creative freedom we always dreamed about. We can't wait to tell many more stories together — beginning, of course, with a return trip to the Upside Down!"
– Matt and Ross Duffer
While a date has yet to be announced for the series' return, fans do have an announcement video to pour over for clues – and it's hard not to with the tagline, "We're Not In Hawkins Anymore." From the looks of things at the end – and considering how last season wrapped up cliffhanger-wise – fans should be expecting to spend quite a bit of time outside of Hawkins' city limits: