While news of a fourth season return doesn't come as much of a surprise (things get really interesting now that we're heading towards speculation over seasons 5 and 6), Netflix and The Duffer Bros. (Matt and Ross Duffer) still found a cool way to ignite excitement over news that Stranger Things will return for another trip to the Upside Down. Confirmation of the series' return comes nearly three months after the show's third season debut, and with word that the Duffer Bros. have signed 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 return 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:
"The Duffer Brothers have captivated viewers around the world with Stranger Things and we're thrilled to expand our relationship with them to bring their vivid imaginations to other film and series projects our members will love. We can't wait to see what the Duffer Brothers have in store when they step outside the world of the Upside Down."
– Ted Sarandos, CCO, Netflix