With the premiere of Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 1 right around the corner, streaming platform Netflix has released the first eight minutes of the first new episode, which is just enough to whet the appetite of fans who have been waiting patiently for the series’ return.

It's been six months since the tragic Battle of Starcourt, with Hawkins recovering from the terror and destruction that rained down upon it. Our group of friends are struggling in the aftermath and, for the first time since they met, are being separated whilst navigating the complexities of high school.

In perhaps their most vulnerable time of their life to-date, they must once again band together where possible and work against a new supernatural threat, presenting a terrifying mystery that could, if solved, finally end the horrors of the Upside Down for good.

Along with the eight-minute preview, Netflix has revealed that this season is over five hours longer than any of the three that have come before it.

Picture Credit: Netflix
Picture Credit: Netflix

Created by The Duffer Brothers, Season 4 sees the return of Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, David Harbour as Jim Hopper, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield, Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, Joe Keery as Steve Harrington, Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley, Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair, Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler, Matthew Modine as Dr. Brenner and, Brett Gelman as Murray.

Additional cast members include Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Quinn, Eduardo Franco, Sherman Augustus, Mason Dye, Nikola Djuricko, Tom Wlaschiha, Myles Truitt, Regina Ting Chen, Grace Van Dien, Logan Riley Bruner, Logan Allen, Elodie Grace Orkin, John Reynolds, Rob Morgan, Amybeth McNulty and, horror legend himself, Robert Englund.

The Duffer Brothers serve as directors on five of the nine episodes, with Shawn Levy directing two and Nimród Antal directing two.

Caitlin Schneiderhan, Paul Dichter, Kate Trefry and Curtis Gwinn join The Duffer Brothers as writers.

This strange being seems to be the one behind the darkness that has befallen the town of Hawkins / Picture Credit: Netflix
This strange being seems to be the one behind the darkness that has befallen the town of Hawkins / Picture Credit: Netflix

Stranger Things Volume 1 (Episodes 1 through to 7) premieres on Netflix on May 27th, 2022. Volume 2 (Episodes 8 and 9) conclude the season on July 1st, 2022.

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