With fans awaiting the fourth season of Netflix's Stranger Things, creators and showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer have been discussing the hit sci-fi horror series, saying that they have a "general sense" of where the story is headed, adding that they've known how the show will end "for quite a while."

"We like to look at each season as kind of its own complete story. We do have a pretty large mythology," Matt Duffer has said of the show's mysterious lore. "I think when we were developing Season 1 - and to Netflix's credit, they sort of pressured us to make sure we had this mythology really hammered out - we had like a 25-page sort of Stranger Things mythology that only maybe a small handful of people have seen. So season by season, we're kind of turning the page and revealing a little bit more and more."

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Duffer continued saying that, "we do have a general sense of where we're going. We've known the ending of the show for quite a while."

At the time of the first season's release, the Duffers had no idea whether or not Stranger Things would be returning for a second season. So, just in case things did not go to plan, the brothers ensured that the show's debut back in 2016 "could function basically as its own standalone piece, like almost as a limited series, but it had the potential to go beyond that. And that if it were to go beyond that, we had an idea of where it would go."

With the show having seen huge success, the Duffers are looking to the future, with Matt Duffer saying that "We have an ending in mind. We don't want to just keep churning it out." He added that it is important for the creators to "stay excited" about Stranger Things "Because I feel like if we lose excitement or enthusiasm for it I think the audience's enthusiasm will drop as well."

These sentiments are certainly promising to hear as the show goes forward. With popularity often leading to television shows going on and on with no real end in sight, it is reassuring to hear that the Duffers not only have an ending to head towards but are also keeping fan's feelings in mind.

Not much is yet known about the direction of the fourth season of Strangers Things, but we do know that it will further explore the mythology, as well as being back David Harbour's character Jim Hopper. Despite seemingly meeting his demise at the end of the third season, the Stranger Things season 4 trailer has already shown us that this will not be the case and that Hopper is now being imprisoned in Russia, where he is sure to face dangers both human... and other. Meanwhile, back in the states, a new horror is beginning to surface, something long-buried, something that connects everything, and will no doubt once again thrust the small town of Hawkins back into turmoil.

The fourth season will continue to be produced by the show's creators, the Duffer Brothers, along with Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen, and Iain Paterson. The show's main cast are all set to return with the likes of Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, and Cara Buono, with Priah Ferguson and Brett Gelman all set to reprise their roles.

Production on the fourth season began in February 2020, with the season expected to be released during the 2020-21 television season. However, production of the series was halted in March due to current circumstances, leaving it with no current release date. This comes to us from Deadline.

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