STRANGER THINGS fans have been awaiting a confirmation of season four ever since the last season dropped earlier on this month, and showrunners are already teasing what could lie ahead should there be a next outing.
Stranger Things has seen a lot of action in the past three outings, with the Hawkins crew taking on the Mind Flayer, Demogorgons and Eleven’s (played by Millie Bobby Brown) powerful battle to close the gate to the Upside Down.
Fans are hoping for an action packed season four, but showrunner Ross Duffer said he can’t see the series going much further.
In conversation with Vulture, the writer said: “I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year.
“They’re going to have to get the f**k out of this town!”
However, there may be more substance to the joke as fans will remember Joyce (Winona Ryder) fled Hawkins at the end of season three.
The single mother left the town with Eleven along with her sons Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) and Jonathan Byers (Charlie Heaton).
Moreover, the writer seemed to confirm the plan for a season four departure in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Ross said: ”I think the biggest thing that’s going to happen is it’s going to open up a little bit, not necessarily in terms of scale, in terms of special effects, but open up in terms of allowing plot lines into areas outside of Hawkins.”
This could see the plot move to Russia or even elsewhere in the United States like when Eleven travelled to Chicago.
Indeed, it seems as though fans have not seen the last of the Russians after the last outing ended on a mysterious cliffhanger.
The post-credit scene took viewers to Kamchatka, Russia where fans saw a faceless figure locked in a Russian cell.
The figure was only referred to as ‘The American’ leaving fans to speculate who is being held as prisoner.
Fans suspect ‘The American’ could be Hopper, who was last seen disappearing in the explosion caused by the closing of the gate to the Upside Down.
Fan theories surfaced following the season three release, revealing he too may have been sucked into the Upside Down and found himself in Russia.
Moreover, the fandom has been looking into the significance of the base’s location.
According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, Kamchatka is said to mean: “Men of the far end.”
This could be a clue that Hopper has fallen through a portal in the Upside Down and found himself at the “far end” of it in Russia.
A writer on the Stranger Things Reddit also noted: “It may be in Russia, but the name actually means “exploded place” or “stretching terrain”.
“This could be the name the Russians give for the Upside Down.”