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Stranger Things returning for season 4, moving beyond Hawkins

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Maybe the real Stranger Thing was the friends we made along the way

Stranger Things has officially been renewed for a fourth season, not exactly a surprise given the series’ success. But the new season marks a major departure for the characters and plot, taking the story outside of Hawkins, Indiana.

[Ed. note: Spoilers for the end of Stranger Things season three]

“We’re not in Hawkins anymore,” Netflix’s teaser for Stranger Things season four says.

This makes sense, given that the last season 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 three hinted that Hopper may be alive and may be in the Soviet Union, but nothing has been confirmed. Also, the Russians have a Demogorgon. Is Stranger Things about to go international?

While the teaser for season four promises exploring more of the world, the Duffer brothers, who serve as the show’s creators and executive producers, say they won’t totally ditch Hawkins just yet.

“We can’t wait to tell many more stories together — beginning, of course, with a return trip to Hawkins!” they said in a press release. 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.