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Netflix’s recent release of Stranger Things season 4 was one of the most anticipated releases of 2022. Delayed by both Covid-19 and unforeseen filming problems, Stranger Things’ fans had to wait nearly three years before the release of the next season.
This left fans eagerly wondering what would happen to Eleven and the Gang. When the first half of Stranger Things season 4 was released in May of 2022, it quickly shattered records.
The first season of Stranger Things originally aired on July 15, 2016. From its initial release, many Netflix users quickly took a liking to the characters and plot. In season 1 alone, viewers streamed over 38 million hours of the show.
Stranger Things is truly in a league of its own. The first of its kind as a horror sci-fi with a balanced comedy twist, there are many reasons why Stranger things quickly rose to fame:
The end of season 3 left viewers especially interested in what would happen next. Some changes seemed to wrap up loose ends and leave problems resolved, while others seemed to open the door for the unexpected.
After destroying the Mind Flayer, Eleven’s powers seemingly disappear. Exhausted by the fight, it seems Eleven’s powers are completely gone. She is unable to even crush a can.
The end of season 3 has Joyce, Will and Jonathon leaving Hawkins, Indiana. Hoping to escape the fear and trauma of the past, the Byers family packs their bags and moves to California in search of a fresh start.
Perhaps the biggest cliffhanger in season 3 was the ending scene, where Jim Hopper is seen deep in a Russian prison. After being presumed dead by fans and the whole town of Hawkins, an ending scene gives hope for his safe return to Joyce and Hawkins.
Along with the presumed death of Jim Hopper, residents of Hawkins assume the gate to the Upside Down has been destroyed. However, the end of season 3 reveals the presence of the Upside Down is still alive and well in the world. When the show flashes to the Russian prison, a prisoner is seen being dragged to the depths of the prison and fed to a Demigorgan.
With this intense cliffhanger, it’s no surprise that Stranger Things season 4 was released with record numbers. Within a week of its release on May 27, nearly 287 million hours were viewed all over the world. This is nearly double Netflix’s previous record set by season 2 of Bridgerton at 193 million hours.
Most impressively, this high record only included the first half of the season.
The second half of Stranger Things season 4 is set to release during the first half of July. Ended with another cliffhanger that leaves Nancy and the others escaping Vecna’s grasp, viewers are eager to soak up the remaining episodes. Many people are wondering if the season’s second half will continue to break new records.
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