We'll be the first ones to admit it. Breaking up is hard to do. It's been nearly two months since the writing team for Netflix's Stranger Things 4 shut down their weekly "Video Store Fridays" (VSF). Every week, the writers would post five films that were on their minds that week with the reminder that those films (in some, way, or form) had an influence on the upcoming season. We kept the faith each and every week, and we were rewarded at the end with the official VSF whiteboard that helped it all make sense. But since then, things have been quiet – at least they were until Thursday when the writing team posted an image of all the scripts for the fourth season. Seriously. Look for yourselves below. We're not saying you can actually read anything in them, but they're all there. Just waiting for the "lights, camera, and action" to happen:
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In early March (before the industry-wide COVID-19 production pauses began), the cast of Stranger Things took us inside the show's fourth season "secret" table read. We couldn't help but smile at what looked more like a family reunion or a return to summer camp (if there with Demogorgons in the woods, that is). Previously, Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) revealed that he had gotten his hands on the first four scripts when asked about starting production on the fourth season (which explains his good vibes heading into the table read): "I look forward to this so much. It's my favorite thing in the world, and I love working with these people. It's like a family. I read the first four scripts, and they are amazing. I can't wait to see where they go with the rest of the season."
To celebrate last year's "Stranger Things Day," the writers revealed 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. Confirmation of the series' return came more than three months after the show's third season debut, with the Duffer Bros. signing an overall multi-year deal with the streamer. The show's creators are excited about the "many more stories" they have to tell:
"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!"