With the arrival of Stranger Things 3, many fans have been eagerly anticipating the announcement of a fourth season. Netflix already said the show broke their ratings record to become the most-streamed program to ever air on the platform, but as of right now Stranger Things 4 hasn't been officially confirmed. While it seems certain at this point that Netflix will want another round of episodes from the Hawkins, Indiana gang, star Caleb McLaughlin has said it's all up to creators Matt and Ross Duffer.
"It’s all up to the Duffers and the writers if they want to keep going," McLaughlin, who plays Lucas on the show, explained to Entertainment Weekly. "Maybe they want to stop now. Maybe they don’t want to give anyone another season. Maybe they just want to leave you guys hanging like that. I talk to people about this all the time, we can literally leave you guys hanging on the Upside Down."
The cast and crew behind the series have remained tight-lipped on what the future holds for Stranger Things, but McLaughlin still has let slip some of his ideas for Lucas in Season 4. "I feel like Lucas is the man with the plan," he added. "I want to see a lot of those moments, his battle moments, action moments, more of his relationship with Max."
The Duffer brothers previously indicated that Stranger Things would run for four seasons, while executive producer and director Shawn Levy told Entertainment Weekly in 2017 it could go on for longer. "The truth is we’re definitely going four seasons and there’s very much the possibility of a fifth. Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely," Levy said.
Some fans have already started to concoct theories on where the story in Stranger Things 4 could go, with some suggesting that the Chernobyl disaster could come into play. Season 1 was set in 1983, while 2 was in 1984 and 3 in 1985. This would suggest the next season will take place in 1986, which is when the catastrophic nuclear event occurred. However, this could just be down to the internet's newfound obsession with Chernobyl following HBO's series of the same name.
Many reviews have suggested (Complex included) that Stranger Things offers a satisfying series conclusion with Season 3, but it's more likely than not that Netflix will give it one last round of episodes at least.