Stranger Things Season 4 Is More Mature and Embraces Cast’s Growing Pains

Gaten Matarazzo says Stranger Things season 4 is more mature and incorporates the growing pains of its young cast and characters into the story.

Stranger things Gaten Matarazzo says season 4 will be more mature and continue to incorporate the growing pains of its cast and characters. The young cast of Matt and Ross Duffer’s series is comprised of Will (Noah Schnapp), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Dustin (Matarazzo), and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). Joined by Priah Ferguson’s Erica, Sadie Sink’s Max (season 2), older teens Nancy, Jonathan, Steve, Robin, local police chief, Jim Hopper, and Will/Jonathan’s mother, Joyce Byers, our heroes have battled supernatural forces revolving around the Upside Down.

On top of its successful blend of 80s nostalgia and horror, Stranger Things is very much a coming-of-age story; following the inhabitants of Hawkins, Indiana. Both its characters and actors have grown with each season, leading to inevitable discrepancies between their ages. Being set in 1983, the first season sees its younger characters in middle school and Nancy, Jonathan, and Steve in high school. The latter have since graduated and the former are about to be freshmen by the end of season 3. Stranger Things is rated TV-14; however, each season has upped things like violence and swearing as its characters’ voices cracked.

The third season of Stranger Things premiered in 2019. Production for the fourth season – which began early last year – faced months of delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, filming is now well underway (but far from finished). It’s unclear whether or not the newest season will include a time jump to address the nearly five years that have passed since the filming of season 1. The first trailer of season 4 revealed that Hopper is still alive following last season’s explosive finale. David Harbour has compared his character to Gandalf, perhaps either having experienced a different passage of time in the Upside Down or a fair amount of time has passed for everyone.

Stranger Things season 3 ended with Eleven and the Byers moving away from Hawkins. The fourth season is sure to see them return to Hawkins, even if it’s only temporary. With the Russians conducting experiments and the Upside Down and Mind Flayer still in play, our heroes will be dealing with more than just the growing pains associated with hormonal adolescents and adulthood. Stranger Things season 4 will also welcome three new series regulars in Jamie Campbell Bower, Eduardo Franco, and Joseph Quinn. Previously, Matarazzo called season 4 the scariest yet—which is saying a lot considering season 3 featured a monster made out of the “Flayed.”

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