Why Stranger Things season 4 may be its last

Stranger Things - Credit: Netflix
Stranger Things - Credit: Netflix /

With the third season of Stranger Things still being a few weeks away, we’re not sure what to expect. But given the record of Netflix Original shows, it’s not crazy to assume season 4 may be its last.

The upcoming third season of Stranger Things has been hyped up a lot. The series has collaborated with New Coke, taken over Baskin-Robbins, and there’s even a reported Nike apparel line in the works.

The events that will be unfolding have been teased as game-changing, and there’s even speculation of a main character death. What exactly are we in for? Whatever it is, we may not be ready.

The tagline this season is “One summer can change everything,” and the first things that come to mind with that sentence are growth and opportunities. But this is Stranger Things we’re talking about here, and few positives will likely come out of the intense summer ahead. It doesn’t seem our favorite kids at Hawkins will ever catch a break!

A main character death and these never-ending attacks on Eleven and her friends are definitely reasons that add into why we believe the series is ending soon. However, there’s another strong factor that plays into our prediction, and that would be the bad record Netflix Original shows have.

As you have likely already noticed, most Netflix Originals don’t last for very long. Three or four seasons is as far as we see most of them go. Just take a look at fan-favorite (or so we thought) comedy Santa Clarita Diet, the latest to be axed after three seasons.

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There’s also Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Haters Back Off, Bloodline, Sense8 and many more. Let’s not even get started on the entire Netflix-Marvel Universe shows, all canceled after 2 or 3 seasons. That, however, can also be blamed on the Disney and Netflix contract changing.

I’m aware of House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, and there are definitely exceptions here. But for the most part, and I’m talking about the vast majority, Netflix Originals are lucky to see four seasons. And don’t forget the long list of shows that didn’t even live long enough to see a sophomore season.

If Stranger Things season 4 hadn’t already been strongly teased by producer and director Shawn Levy, who told Collider it is “definitely happening,” we would have assumed season 3 could be the final one. Netflix still needs to make season 4 official, but if it does, I don’t see room for much more.

Don’t get me wrong, I would love many more seasons of Stranger Things! But with Netflix’s track record and events in the series escalating, I don’t want to get my hopes up. Not to mention, I would rather the series have a satisfying ending than its plot dragged for the sake of more seasons. Quality over quantity, always.

What’s your take? Would you like to see more seasons after a fourth one, or do you think four seasons of Stranger Things is perfect?

Stranger Things season 3 premieres July 4.

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