Stranger Things 4: Two-part release date and new posters unveiled

With a “runtime nearly twice the length of any previous season”, Stranger Things 4 will arrive in two parts!

Stranger Things 4: Two-part release date and new posters unveiled
Emily Carter

Well, that was quick! After a mysterious upside-down billboard popped up, Netflix have now confirmed the (two-part!) Stranger Things 4 release date(s), and revealed that it'll be the penultimate season.

"Every ending has a beginning," they announce in a new poster promoting the long-awaited season. "Vol. 1 is coming May 27. Vol. 2 is coming July 1."

In an accompanying written letter, Duffer brothers Matt and Ross share of why they decided to split things up this time around: "With nine scripts, over eight-hundred pages, almost two years of filming, thousands of visual effects shots, and a runtime nearly twice the length of any previous season, Stranger Things 4 was the most challenging season yet, but also the most rewarding one.

"Everyone involved is incredibly proud of the results, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Given the unprecedented length, and to get it to you as soon as possible, Season 4 will be released in two volumes."

An official Stranger Things 4 synopsis has also finally been released by Netflix, reading: "It’s been six months since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins. Struggling with the aftermath, our group of friends are separated for the first time – and navigating the complexities of high school hasn't made things any easier. In this most vulnerable time, a new and horrifying supernatural threat surfaces, presenting a gruesome mystery that, if solved, might finally put an end to the horrors of the Upside Down."

Check out posters and blurbs for the first four episodes (via Instagram):

001. Russia. Getting the band back together. Bring a jacket.
002. The Lab. Every story starts somewhere.
003. Creel House. Tick-tock.
004. California. Hold onto your butts, brochachos.

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