In the teaser for “Stranger Things” season 4, Eleven says that it’s “Day 185,” so considerably less time (about six months) has passed in the show. Eleven is getting ready for spring break, which (since the previous season was set in 1985) means that “Stranger Things” season 4 will be set in spring 1986. Obviously Eleven’s number one priority at this time should be sneaking into a movie theater to watch “Highlander” on its opening weekend, but instead she’s more excited for her upcoming reunion with Mike.
At the end of “Stranger Things” season 3, the Byers family (Joyce, Will, and Jonathan) moved to California with Eleven, while Mike and the others stayed behind in Hawkins. Though the Mind Flayer was defeated and the portal to the Upside Down closed at the end of the last season, things rarely stay quiet for long in Hawkins, and the fact that one of the episodes is titled “The Massacre at Hawkins Lab” suggests that — once again — scientists are going to be getting preoccupied with whether they could and not stopping to think whether or not they should.
Another six months (or more) feels like a long time to wait for “Stranger Things” season 4, but hopefully the wait will be worth it. The show may even benefit from being given some breathing room. And if nothing else, hopefully the young stars have finished having growth spurts.