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Stranger Things season 4 trailer is a call back to Eleven’s past

Eleven, are you listening?

Austen Goslin (he/him) is an entertainment editor. He writes about the latest TV shows and movies, and particularly loves all things horror.

Stranger Things season 4 has a new teaser trailer and it’s all about Eleven. The new teaser debuted on Thursday after a short YouTube preview, but it didn’t answer many questions about the upcoming season.

The teaser seems to take us back to the Hawkins National Laboratory, from which Eleven originally escaped in Stranger Things’ first season. Inside the lab we see several children, all in hospital gowns and with shaved heads, wandering around a rainbow-decorated room. Eleven herself is nowhere to be seen. Dr. Martin Brenner walks into the room and says he has “something very special planned” for the children inside. The camera then pans to a door marked “11” and we hear Eleven breathing heavily.

Season 4’s teaser trailer might be a flashback to the show’s first season and a clue that we’ll see more of Eleven’s origin story in the lab. Or it could be a sign that Dr. Brenner is still alive and using more experiments and kids to try to get back into contact with Eleven.

This trailer also keep us in the dark about what’s going on with the rest of the show’s cast. The third season of Stranger Things ended with Hopper sacrificing himself by walking into the Upside Down, but a post-credit tease, and the fourth season’s first teaser, set in Soviet Russia hinted that he was still alive, just in enemy hands. The rest of the gang is still in Hawkins, Indiana, except for Joyce, Jonathan, Will, and Eleven, who moved away.

Whatever’s going to happen it seems that Netflix’s goal with this teaser was keep things as mysterious as possible. The YouTube trailer’s description simply reads “002/004” — which implies that at least two more teaser trailers are coming (season 4’s first trailer had the description “001/004”).

Our best hope of figuring things out will have to wait until the season actually begins, but it doesn’t have an official release date just yet. Netflix said in a press release Thursday that season 4 is currently in production, so it could be a while.