1. Move outside of Hawkins
For three seasons, most of the story has taken place in and around Hawkins, Indiana. No doubt, that’s worked for the show so far. Now, based on the events of the third season, Stranger Things has no choice but to open up this world and allow our characters to travel outside of Hawkins.
With the Byers leaving Hawkins with Eleven, there’s a chance that we’ll get to explore another town or city in the United States. Depending on who “the American” is in that Russian prison, there’s a chance these characters also might be taking a little trip to Russia in the new season.
I enjoy small-town shows staying contained to that small town, but clearly, the stakes have become too high in this series. The fate of the world is now at stake, and the Hawkins Heroes have to save it. The Russians have emerged as the more menacing threat at this point.
Sure, the Mind Flayer caused the most damage, but it’s the Russians who are allowing that to happen by continuing to mess with the gate. As long as the gate stays closed, the Mind Flayer is basically irrelevant to Hawkins. The Russians, however, are working on something, and it could be the destroy everything if the Mind Flayer is allowed to fully enter this world.
I’m expecting the show to go even bigger in Stranger Things 4, and that opens up the door to new characters, new stories and more. I’m really excited to see what the Duffer Brothers and the writers come up with in the new season.