Could Stranger Things Get Even Scarier In Season 4?

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If you are sitting up theorizing about Stranger Things’ return, you may be wondering – could it get scarier in Season 4? According to one star, it will. Joe Keery, who plays fan-favorite Steve Harrington, has indicated that Stranger Things will be ratcheting up its fear factor when it eventually returns.

What could a scarier Season 4 mean for Stranger Things, and does it have to do with The Upside Down? Joe Keery did not reveal the nature of how the Netflix hit will near bringing more fear to audiences. However, he does say things will get scarier (and stranger?). Speaking about Season 4, Keery told Total Film magazine (via GamesRadar):

Oh man, it's pretty amazing – the Duffer brothers have really done it again. I think that this year – and I know I say this every single year – but this is definitely going to be a lot scarier than prior years, because last year was pretty dark.

I take it that Joe Keery is not referring to the scary proposition that Will Byers’ hairstyle will not change in Season 4. Or talking about the idea that the show could be leaving Hawkins in the rearview mirror in its next installment. Keery’s comment hints at a more serious and widespread darkness permeating Stranger Things’ fourth outing.

So, if you thought Stranger Things’ last season was scary, brace for things to get even more ominous. Joe Keery’s comments come after some info potentially foreshadowed it. The Season 4 premiere’s title is “Hellfire,” which, in case you did not know, is a significant reference to the X-Men. Does it get any scarier than a hellish supervillain mention? I do not think so.

How Stranger Things will include scarier things is anyone’s guess at this point. One frightening thing off the table is Hopper not returning. His fate is a happier one than was once thought. That said, a lot of scary things could happen as he, presumably, attempts to return home to Hawkins.

David Harbour has teased a different Hopper following his return among the living. How Harbour teased Hopper’s change did not sound entirely scary, but you never know. He did say that Hopper had spent “a long time living a different life.” But, however things grow scarier in Season 4, Stranger Things is undoubtedly familiar with welcoming such a development.

One scary prospect that Stranger Things fans have had to deal with is the delay of Season 4’s release. David Harbour has speculated that the currently-on-hiatus show will have its upcoming installment delayed due to production shutdowns. That said, Joe Keery’s tease obviously hints at the scarier developments being of a more on-screen nature.

In some not so frightening news, Stranger Things is said to be the first show to start filming when work resumes in the television industry. In the meantime, fans are having to busy themselves with theories and thoughts on where things might be headed. Season 4 is apparently going down a scarier path, which opens a lot of possibilities.

Hopefully, for Steve fans, Joe Keery’s character will survive whatever scary things occur. Watch previous seasons of Stranger Things on Netflix, along with lots of new 2020 content. A release date for Season 4 has not been formally confirmed by Netflix, but while you wait for word, there will be plenty of summer premieres to keep you entertained.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.