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Warning. This article contains spoilers for Stranger Things Volume 4
Stranger Things fans have had to wait what feels like eternity for the first batch of episodes from the fourth volume and now viewers have identified a key detail revealing how much time has passed between seasons compared to the show's narrative.
Volume four was released on Netflix on Friday 27 May almost two years after volume three dropped in July 2019 - and people immediately started bingeing the new episodes.
Set six months after the the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins, the group of pals must navigate high school as a new supernatural threat surfaces.
Fans will recall volume three ended with Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) moving away from Hawkins with Will (Noah Schnapp) and Joyce (Winona Ryder) after her adoptive father Hopper (David Harbour) goes missing.
Eleven composes a letter to Mike (Finn Wolfhard) in an early scene in the first episode which confirms 'today is day 185' although it feels 'more like 10 years' have passed.
However viewers have been distracted by how much the main cast has grown during the hiatus.
Taking to Reddit to discuss all the spectacular and shocking events in the first episode, fans all had the same thought.
One Reddit user quipped: "It's only been 6 months since [volume three] finale. Wtf kinda growth hormones did they have in the 80s".
Another shocked commenter said: "It's Harry Potter all over again".
While a third person wrote: "Yeah crazy. I guess they should've made a new season earlier, but better late [than] never".
Production on the fourth season of Stranger Things was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly shortly after the release of the season three in July 2019, series' creators Matt and Ross Duffer confirmed that the next iteration was already in development.
Netflix officially announced the fourth season two months later and production began in February the following year.
Similar to countless TV productions, filming had to stop prematurely due to the onset of the pandemic and worldwide lockdowns in March 2020.
Stranger Things had only filmed for a few weeks when Netflix suspended production ahead of its original planned release date in July 2020.
Filming resumed in October 2020 which was confirmed with an exciting announcement on Netflix’s Twitter account.
Meanwhile, season three was filmed between April and November 2018.
This makes so much sense!
All episodes of Stranger Things are available on Netflix now.
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