Stranger Things Season 4 Was the Hardest To Film, Says Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown explains why shooting Stranger Things 4 was more difficult than previous seasons. Brown has played Eleven, Hawkins' resident telekinetic teenager, since Stranger Things' debut on Netflix back in 2016. After her arrival in the Indiana town in season 1, Eleven/Jane “El” Hopper was pseudo-adopted by Jim Hopper (David Harbour) and, along with her new gang of friends, used her powers to defeat multiple terrifying monsters from the Upside Down. Following a three-year hiatus, Stranger Things returned with season 4, volume 1 on May 27th.

At the end of season 3, which premiered on July 4th, 2019, Hopper was presumed dead and Eleven seemingly lost her powers before leaving Hawkins with the Byers family. Stranger Things season 4 picks up with the latter group in California, Hopper as a Russian prisoner, and the Hawkins gang dealing with the Upside Down’s latest Big Bad, Vecna. Geographically, Stranger Things’ heroes are further apart than ever in the penultimate season, which faced months of production delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Related: How Is Vecna Connected To The Mind Flayer?

Brown recently appeared on a new episode of "Hot Ones" from First We Feast on YouTube. During the interview, show host Sean Evans mentioned how creators the Duffer Brothers described Stranger Things season 4 as the show’s Game of Thrones season. He then asked Brown what made shooting season 4 the hardest one they’ve ever filmed. Read the full quote below:

“I mean mostly because we filmed for three years. Especially with the amount of filming that we had to do, we were filming in three different places, Lithuania, New Mexico, and Atlanta. And it was difficult, yeah.”

Stranger Things 4 began filming in February 2020 before production was shut down for a month, then longer. Filming was then able to resume in September with new COVID safety protocols applied to Stranger Things' three distinct filming locations depicting Lithuania, California, and Hawkins. Naturally, the globe-trotting aspect of season 4 and its ambitious scale warranted a longer production, with filming finally wrapping in September 2021 at decommissioned Lukiškės Prison in Vilnius, Lithuania.

While it may have been a challenge and under unfortunate circumstances, the Duffer Brothers were given extra time to fine-tune season 4. The result is arguably Stranger Things’ darkest, most mature, and cinematic season thus far, which pays homage to everything from A Nightmare on Elm Street, to Hellraiser and Stephen King's classic horror Carrie. Season 4 fleshed out Eleven’s backstory in a way that organically expands the mythology, setting the series up for what is sure to be an action-packed endgame. Stranger Things season 4, volume 1 was a lot to digest, but it's clear that the show's most difficult installment to film also had a very significant pay-off.

More: Stranger Things 4 Fixes Everything That Went Wrong In Season 2

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