When Stranger Things wrapped up its third season all the way back in the millions of years ago (or it feels like) in the year 2019, the unlucky Byers family and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) packed up their things to leave the troubled town of Hawkins, Indiana for greener and less monstrous pastures. Where do you take a former telekinetic girl and a kid who got stuck in an alternate dimension to start a new life? Why, California of course!
Revealed during Netflix’s “Stranger Things Day” event, aka the date Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) vanished, the new trailer for the upcoming fourth season sees Eleven write a letter to her boyfriend Mike (Finn Wolfhard) detailing her new life in the west coast.
The new trailer, titled “Welcome to California,” is the fourth of Netflix’s teasers, which the company has been steadily counting off in its YouTube descriptions since February 2020. So far, we’ve had teaser 001 (“From Russia With Love…” promising the return of a fan-favorite character), teaser 002 (“Eleven, Are You Listening?” diving into Eleven’s dark past), and teaser 003 (“The Creel House,” revealing a creepy new location). Combined with the other three teasers, it seems clear that the new season is looking to expand its setting far beyond the town of Hawkins, Indiana in the coming season.
Today’s new trailer is listed as 004/004, which would hopefully indicate that it’ll be the final of the smaller teasers for the series that Netflix is doing ahead of a proper, full-length trailer sometime in the future. Also absent from the news today is a firm release date: so far, Netflix has just said that it’ll be releasing the series sometime in 2022.