"But I'm very, very excited for when we do go back." | 22 Words

We are all so excited for the fourth season of Stranger Things, and it is so far looking incredible.

But the latest images from the set have fans feeling concerned about a potential character's death...

Calling all Stranger Things fans out there!

Brand new pictures have just dropped from the highly anticipated fourth season and we literally cannot wait.

The Stranger Things season 3 finale had us all asking questions.

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At the end of the episode, we saw the Byers family pack up and move out of Hawkins (can you blame them?), along with Eleven, who Joyce took in following Hopper's heartbreaking death. But, just as we thought that it was going to end and we were wiping our tears away (because how emotional was that last episode?), bam, they played a scene during the credits that completely threw a spanner in the works and left the internet with even more queries.

At the very end of the final episode, we were transported to Russia.

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The post-credit scene showed what appeared to be a Russian prison or secret base where the Soviets had somehow gotten their hands on a Demogorgon and were sending it onto one of the prisoners, presumably as some sort of punishment, torture method, or maybe even as part of some twisted research. Who knows?

It left us reeling for more.

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First off, what happened to Eleven's powers? Why did they disappear? Also, how on Earth did the Russians get hold of the Demogorgon? And who is the "American" that the guards refer to in one of the locked cells? So many unanswered questions. We needed Season 4, right now.

All of the "hows" and "whys" naturally sparked a ton of fan theories about what will happen next.

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Superfans put on their detective hats and attempted to suss out the answers to all of their burning questions.

A popular one is that Eleven will never get her powers back...

But we're not convinced. Despite losing her abilities at the end of the finale, we put it down to sheer exhaustion after saving the world, again.

And there's the Chernobyl theory...

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One Reddit user has been making some wild predictions for Stranger Things season 4, theorizing that the Chernobyl nuclear disaster could be at the center of the show's next season. Sound crazy?

The HBO drama Chernobyl has done very well...

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The series reenacts the tragic events of the nuclear catastrophe and has since received rave reviews from both fans and critics alike.

But how does it tie into Stranger Things?

Well, a fan posted his theory to Reddit, in a post titled, "I figured out season 4 and I hate myself for it."

The fan starts off by noting that each of the Stranger Things installments has taken place over an entire season - the first was set in winter 1983‬ around Christmas time, season 2 took place in fall 1984‬ around the time of Halloween, and finally, season 3 was set in summer 1985‬ over the Independence Day festivities. This, therefore, puts season 4 as being set in Spring 1986 ‬to coincide with the Easter holidays and will likely span into spring break, the same time as the Chernobyl disaster.

During season 3, we'd already started to see the show extend to Russia.

During the latest season, we were introduced to Russian spies who were operating in a secret facility under the mall, who appear to be attempting to open up the gate to the "Upside Down" which Eleven closed in the finale of season 2.

In fact, co-creator, Ross Duffer, recently hinted that season 4 may go for "plotlines into areas outside of Hawkins," which could well mean Russia.

The dates for Chernobyl might match up, but it does seem like a bit of a stretch.

After all, something just doesn't feel quite right about the Netflix show incorporating a devasting nuclear disaster into its plotline.

And it seems that the internet didn't take the fan's prediction very well either.

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Digital Spy said that the theory "may be the worst we've ever read," while Vice said that "referencing New Coke and Ghostbusters or whatever is one thing; creating a far-fetched, fictionalized story to explain a catastrophic disaster is another."

But putting aside all of the crazy fan theories...

Strangers Things' official Twitter account dropped this teaser back in 2019 and it's safe to say that season 4 is looking promising.

The trailer that dropped last year showed us that Hopper is alive.

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This is everything that we could have wished for.

Since the trailer was released, fans have been more and more intrigued.

But of course, thanks to the pandemic, the release date has been pushed even further back.

However, we certainly have something to look forward to...

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Natalie Dyer spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about why she thinks the fourth season will be well worth the wait.

"Normally, we get the first few scripts, and then they have to keep writing due to the schedule of it, and it takes a while to craft a script."

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"So, normally, there's a kind of 'writing as we're going,' but it seems they've had enough time."

"I think it's maybe been a blessing for the writers, in some way, because they had the time to just sit down, think, and create. So, yeah, it appears to be that they've got it all down."

"So, yeah, it's kind of wild to think about because it's something that you look forward to so much, and there's so much preparation and excitement around it, and then, we start and stop. And now, it's been quite a while."

"But I'm very, very excited for when we do go back."

"I'm excited by the scripts. I'm excited for everything that this season is going to be."

But now some new on-set photos have everybody talking.

And many are concerned about exactly what they mean...

Here are the pics that got everybody talking.

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