The third season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” was recently launched on the streaming service to big numbers and a bunch of raves. While it got a big ‘gooier’ than previous seasons, it also stayed in relatively familiar territory without any big changes to the formula.
That won’t happen with a hypothetical but highly likely fourth season according to showrunners Ross and Matt Duffer. Speaking to EW, the series creators say they have the broad strokes of each season and episode well in advance and their plans for next year are ‘very different’ to the third season:
“We don’t want to write ourselves in a corner so we try to have these early discussions with the writers just to make sure that we’re setting ourselves up to go in the right direction. We don’t know a lot, but we do know a lot of the big broad strokes…. that’s sort of where we are in season four. We have the big broad strokes. It’s just now about filling in those lines in the details. We’re pretty excited about where it’s potentially going to go. Again, like we said, it’s going to feel very different than this season. But I think that’s the right thing to do and I think it’ll be exciting.”
Duffer adds that a fourth season would ‘open up a little bit’, giving us a glimpse into areas outside of Hawkins. Netflix hasn’t officially greenlit a fourth season yet but it’s highly likely as yesterday they touted that 40.7 million accounts have watched the show since its July 4th debut, the biggest-ever audience on the streaming service for any film or TV series in its first four days.
In addition, Wall Street firm Cowen & Co. have conducted a survey (via Variety) in which they found 51% of current Netflix users said they planned to watch the new season, nearly 5% of consumers who aren’t current subscribers said planned to do so to watch the show, and 13% of former members said they plan to resubscribe in order to watch the new season. In other words, it drives subscriptions which is a very big deal for the service.