Report says 'Stranger Things' season four will not return next summer

Report says 'Stranger Things' season four will not return next summer

If you're still waiting for your world to be turned the right way up again after Stranger Things' astonishing finale this summer, then I'm afraid I've got bad news for you.

The torpor you've presumably been in since that fateful day when season three ended is going to have to be extended a little longer than many of us hoped, after it was revealed that the series is unlikely to return in time for next summer.

But before we get to that earth-shattering news, let's talk about how many episodes we're likely to be treated to this time round.

Check out the final trailer for season three of Stranger Things:

Per TV Line, we can expect eight new episodes to comprise season four. Here's what they had to say on the matter:

"The Duffer Brothers have apparently determined how much time they need to tell Stranger Things‘ next chapter — and, once again, eight appears to be enough.

"Although Netflix declined to comment, TVLine has learned exclusively that the Netflix’s phenom’s recently-ordered fourth season will likely consist of eight total episodes."

Eight episodes would leave us in line with seasons one and three of the hit show, but down slightly from the nine we were treated to in season 2.

And now to the main event: the release date.

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TV Line reports that due to the shooting and wrap schedule for season four, it's highly unlikely that we're going to see a Stranger Things summer reunion:

"we can confirm that Season 4 is slated to begin shooting in January and will likely wrap in August, which essentially rules out the possibility of the series returning this summer."

After the Stranger Things Twitter account tweeted out a clock and an upside-down face back in September, some fans believed they were being treated to a hint that the concept of time itself and time travel could be introduced in season four.

We'll have to wait a little longer yet to find out.