Here's what happened at the 'Stranger Things' Season 4 APAC Press Con


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With Volume 1 of Stranger Things' fourth season dropping this May 27th, the cast is very eager for everyone to see what they have worked on returning on set after filming has been on hold for a while due to COVID.

During a no-screenshot, no video-recording press conference with the cast Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Eduardo Franco (Argyle), Priah Ferguson (Erica Sinclair), Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), and Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), they shared with bloggers and writers across the Asia-Pacific region what it was like returning on set, growing up alongside each other throughout the show, and more.

When asked if they kept in touch while away from the set due to the pandemic, Sadie agreed, sharing they have always kept in touch with each other individually. With the amount of time that has passed since everything has been shut down indefinitely, Sadie mentions how grateful they were when they finally got the opportunity to safely go back to work.

As most of the cast have starred in the show during their early teens, Priah describes that it was "wild" seeing the boys, in particular, grow up with the show, seeing as they used to be so little when they started.

Charlie chimes in, recalling that they "have all gone (through) this crazy trajectory together", further adding how it has been impactful that they got to see how each character has grown as the show progressed.

After watching the first two episodes, Noah shares that he was terrified of some of the parts, confirming that this new season will be the darkest by far.

With Eleven and her friends having to live on their own for the first time, Gaten calls this part as the characters' "transitional period", wherein this circumstance "affects some characters more than most, considering who they lose and what they lose."

Gaten further excites fans with how he answered the question of having the possibility of getting another part of the never-ending story. "Who knows? That would be a lot of fun for people to see (and) for me to do. We'll just have to wait and see." 

The press conference with Maya Hawke (Robin Buckley), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), and Joseph Quinn (Eddie Munson) gives us a good picture of just how good the chemistry is among the cast members, which gears them up right on time for something that's definitely bigger than the earlier seasons.

According to Maya, this new season is so much bigger and darker as there are more storylines and interconnected details. "It just feels like the scope is huge, (it is) darker and bigger," she adds. The fans should definitely watch out for these details.

Joseph, playing a new character in this season, describes Eddi Munson as a chaotic lad that adds spice to the "already very dense character broth" or a mix of the original characters who continue their appearance in this new season.

Another new star making an appearance in the fourth season is Nightmare on Elm Street horror legend Robert Englund for the recurring role of Victor Creel. Maya sees him as an inspiration and hopes to be like him, recalling how "he came in with such integrity", having done such beautiful work in his monologue.

Joe shares that having these fun additions to the cast is one of the joys of filming for this new season, really showing his excitement for the fans to finally see it soon.

Subtly foreshadowing what is to come, Joseph recalls how challenging it was performing the stunts and sequences. "(I) love the running and the hiding, (as there are) invisible threats that we're running from," he quips.

When asked if Steve will finally find love this season, Joe simply tells that the whole arc and premise of his character is a teenager who we'll see slowly developing into a young man and that this arc "will obviously continue."

Maya further describes this new season as the "beginning of the end," where everyone will definitely feel everyone changing on a whole new level. Everyone agrees that there was no nervous energy at all among them going into the fourth season, as it was simply excitement that they felt from reading the script to the actual execution of the first few episodes. "It's such a familial energy," Maya describes, as everyone chimes in with just how excited they are to be finally returning to continue the show together.

Volume 1 of Stranger Things Season 4 will be dropping this May 27, 2022, with the second half coming up on July 1, 2022. The sequence in this season paves the way to Stranger Things Season 5, which will be the final season of the show. Darker and bolder, the newest season of Stranger Things is bound to blow the fans away.