‘Stranger Things’ Season 4: We Need to Talk About Hawkins

Stranger Things Season 4 is looming closer every day. While fans are excited, we still have a lot of questions about the upcoming season. Things were not looking good for most of our friends in Hawkins, Indiana when we last left them in Stranger Things Season 3. However, there’s one big question hanging over our heads for this next season. Let’s get to it.

Alexei and Murray sit on a car at the Fourth of July carnival in Hawkins, Indiana in a production still from 'Stranger Things' season 3. How will the show address what happened in Hawkins in 'Stranger Things' Season 4?
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What happened in Hawkins, Indiana, in ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3?

In Stranger Things Season 3, Eleven and friends had faced off against yet another monster from the Upside Down. When the season first began, Mike, Eleven, and friends seemed to be experiencing their teenage years as most kids would. However, as fans of Stranger Things know, nothing is ever normal in Hawkins.

As Stranger Things Season 3 continued on, the issue of the Upside Down became a bigger problem for the town. It was no longer an issue for just those in the know, but actually a problem for the entire city. The Mind Flayer possessed a large portion of the town of Hawkins in season 3. Once they were under the monster’s control, they collapsed into a pile of goo. While the kids battled the creature in Starcourt Mall, Chief Jim Hopper and Joyce Byers worked to close the gate created by the Russians.

When Stranger Things Season 3 ended, it seemed as though Hopper was dead and the Byers were moving out of town. But what about the rest of the town?

The Mind Flayer caused several residents to dissolve in ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3

While Stranger Things Season 3 might have focused heavily on the action, audiences can’t discount the touch of horror brought by the Mind Flayer. Reminiscent of John Carpenter’s horror movie The Thing, season 3 showed much of Hawkins’ population under the creature’s control. In the end, their bodies collapsed into a bloody mess and congealed to form the body of the Mind Flayer.

One of the main antagonists from Stranger Things Season 3, Billy Hargrove, was one of the first people in Hawkins to be possessed by the Mind Flayer. From there, he helped the creature expand its power over other people who lived in the town. At the Fourth of July carnival, many people who live there are under the control of the monster.


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Will’ Stranger Things’ Season 4 address the Battle of Starcourt?

The final episode of Stranger Things Season 3 saw many of the residents in Hawkins collapse into a jiggling pile of goo before coming together to form the Mind Flayer. Now that Stranger Things Season 4 is right around the corner, some of us are starting to wonder how the upcoming season will handle what happened in Hawkins. Obviously, the truth of what happened is very unlikely to be made public knowledge. 

We know from the Stranger Things Season 3 finale, the story going around is just that Starcourt Mall burned to the ground. At least, that’s what Robin tells Keith at the video store when she and Steve Harrington are trying to get a job. How will showrunners handle the missing Hawkins residents, though? 

Cast members like Gaten Matarazzo have dubbed this upcoming season the scariest yet. Plus, the latest teaser makes us think that the show is getting back to its horror roots. We don’t know how the missing townspeople of Hawkins, Indiana, will be explained. As for now, we don’t have a lot of information. It looks like fans will have to wait until the premiere of Stranger Things Season 4 in 2022.