Netflix has unveiled the release date for the bumper fourth season of Stranger Things, which will be released in two volumes due to its "unprecedented length".

Season three of the much-loved sci-fi drama aired back in summer 2019, so fans have been waiting nearly three years for a glimpse at what's next for Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and her gang.

The show's creators the Duffer Brothers have revealed further information about where the show is headed in an open letter to fans, saying the fourth season has a runtime of "almost twice the length of any previous season" which necessitated the staggered release.

Volume One will land on the streaming platform on 27 May, with Volume Two coming five weeks later on 1 July.

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They have also shared news about Stranger Things' future, saying season four will be the penultimate season as they "are now hurtling towards" the finale that will conclude in season five.

The fourth season will pick up six months since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins.

In this most vulnerable time, a new and horrifying supernatural threat surfaces, presenting a gruesome mystery that, if solved, might finally put an end to the horrors of the Upside Down.

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Stranger Things 4 Volume 1 premieres 27 May and Volume 2 premieres 1 July.

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