‘Stranger Things’ Season 4: Dacre Montgomery is Returning For at Least 1 Episode

Stranger Things Day gave fans a lot of new information to pore over regarding Stranger Things Season 4. We now know it won’t premiere until the summer of 2022, we have all nine episode titles, and we got a glimpse of how Eleven is faring in California. We happened to do some extra digging and found something exciting about Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery), one of the characters we supposedly lost in Stranger Things Season 3.

Dacre Montgomery, who plays Billy Hargrove, seen here in red swim trunks, died in 'Stranger Things' Season 3, but ithe actor will return for at least one episode of 'Stranger Things' Season 4.
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Dacre Montgomery played Billy Hargrove in ‘Stranger Things’ Seasons 2 and 3

Australian actor Dacre Montgomery took on the role of Billy Hargrove in Stranger Things Seasons 2 and 3. Billy was the main antagonist of season 3 once the Mind Flayer possessed him in episode 2. The Mind Flayer used Billy to capture other residents of Hawkins that the monster could possess.

In general, Billy didn’t have many redeeming qualities. He bullied his stepsister Max and her friends in season 2, but eventually, audiences learned Billy’s backstory. His father abused him and his mother abandoned him, and while none of that excused his behavior, it at least made the character’s decisions more understandable. 

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Dacre Montgomery will appear in ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4

In the Stranger Things Season 3 season finale, Billy sacrificed himself to save Eleven, Max, and their friends. Montgomery caused a stir when he posted images of himself dressed as Billy on Twitter in October 2020. While Stranger Things has plenty of supernatural aspects, they’ve never had a character actively return from the dead. Plus, audiences saw Billy die in the season 3 finale, so there’s not a lot of wiggle room on saying he survived the attack.

All of the episode titles for Stranger Things Season 4 were released on Stranger Things Day, and one of those episode titles happens to be “Dear Billy.” Remembering Montgomery’s post, we took a look at his IMDb credits, and sure enough, it lists him as starring in episode 6 of Stranger Things Season 4. However, the site has that episode listed as “The Dive.” We’re not exactly sure what’s going on there. 

While we’d love to see Billy come back from the dead somehow, this is incredibly unlikely. We’re guessing that the episode focuses on Max dealing with the fallout of her stepbrother’s death, and Billy probably appears in a flashback. The image Montgomery posted features what he last wore in Stranger Things Season 3, which adds to our theory that this is a flashback. 

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 will return in summer of 2022

Fans were excited about all of the content and news released on Stranger Things Day. (You can read our teaser breakdown here.) However, the announcement of a summer 2022 release was disappointing to hear. That means there will be a solid three years between seasons 3 and 4, which is a long time to wait. Also, some fans noticed an April date in the background of one of the images a few months back, and most people believed we would get a spring 2022 release. 

A summer release worked well for Stranger Things Season 3, so Netflix most likely made the decision. For now, we can still hope it’s early summer and not something like August. In the meantime, we have plenty of new information to focus on and theorize about. The Stranger Things Seasons 1-3 are currently streaming on Netflix.