Following numerous COVID-related delays, Stranger Things’ Maya Hawke promises that season 4 of the popular series will be worth the wait.
Stranger Things’ Maya Hawke promises that season 4 of the series will be worth the wait. The third season of the popular Netflix series premiered in 2019. It saw Hawke debut as Robin Buckley, a co-worker of Steve Harrington (Joe Keery); ultimately joining Eleven, Dustin, Mike, Lucas, and Will’s ever-expanding circle of friends. At the end of season 3, police chief, Jim Hopper, sacrificed himself to defeat the Mind Flayer, leaving a powerless Eleven with the Byers family, who decide to move away from Hawkins, Indiana.
The first teaser for season 4 exacerbated anticipation by confirming Hopper is still alive albeit imprisoned at a Russian labor camp. Not long after that teaser was released, production for the fourth season – which began early last year – faced numerous delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, filming is now well underway. Details have been kept under wraps, but cryptic teases have hinted at time/time travel being a major theme of season 4. The latest trailer takes viewers back to when Eleven and her siblings were experimented on at Hawkins Lab. If Stranger Things’ fourth season debuts before the end of the year, it’ll mark two years since the premiere of season 3.
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In a recent interview with Collider, Hawke promised the extended wait for the new season will be worth it. She divulged that production shutting down for months allowed creators Matt and Ross Duffer to further evolve their story, setting up what should be some of the series’ best episodes yet. Read what Hawke said below:
I’m not allowed to tell you when we finish filming, but I can tell you that, though it’s been forever, because we’ve had so much time, the level of effort, interest, and detail that the Duffer brothers have had the time to put into these scripts, and that the actors have had the time to think about their characters, it is gonna be awesome. And I’m so proud of the work that everyone is doing and I can’t wait for people to see this season. It’s been a long wait, but I think it will be worth it.
Writers aren’t always granted enough time to write an entire season of television before filming begins. Circumstances aside, allowing the Duffer brothers time to finish, rewrite, and polish their scripts bodes well for fans of Stranger Things. Finn Wolfhard and other cast members have not only expressed excitement for the upcoming season but have also said it’ll be the show’s darkest yet, maturing with its young cast. In addition to returning characters like Matthew Modine’s Dr. Brenner, season 4 will also welcome new castmates in Robert Englund, Sherman Augustus, Mason Dye, Jamie Campbell Bower, Tom Wlaschiha, Nikola Djuricko, Eduardo Franco, and Joseph Quinn. That said, with so many moving parts, writing is surely a balancing act.
Photos from the set of Stranger Things season 4 revealed that Quinn’s character, D&D club president, Eddie Munson, will be teaming up with Steve and Robin. The latter proved a highlight of season 3, Hawke cementing herself as a key member of the cast. Her role in season 4 will inevitably evolve as she helps others adjust to concepts like the Mind Flayer and Upside Down. With a slew of new/returning characters, the Russians conducting experiments, familiar locations, and, perhaps, time travel, all of the above certainly sounds worth the wait.
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