‘Stranger Things’: watch the first eight minutes of season four

The first seven episodes arrive later this month

Netflix has released the opening eight minutes of Stranger Things season four – you can check it out below.

In the sequence, a flashback visits Hawkins Laboratory in September 1979, as a bloody massacre unfolds.

Netflix also announced the first seven episodes of the nine-episode season will be released on May 27, with the final two episodes set to be released on July 1.

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Show creators The Duffer Brothers recently confirmed episode seven and nine will be movie-length episodes.

Speaking to TheWrap, Matt Duffer said: “Seven and nine in particular are movies. And nine is a long movie.”

Asked about the length of episode nine, Ross Duffer said: “We’re still refining it but we will say that it is over two hours. It’s a big one.”

A synopsis for season four reads: “It’s been six months since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins. Struggling with the aftermath, our group of friends are separated for the first time – and navigating the complexities of high school hasn’t made things any easier.

“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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Speaking to NME, Matt Duffer confirmed he and Ross have an end in mind for the fifth and final season. “We do have an end. I’m sure a lot of it’s going to change, but now [it’s] the end.

“It’s just one of those things that you come up and you go, ‘That’s it, that’s right, that’s inevitable – that’s what it has to be.’”

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