‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 Adds Warning After Texas School Shooting

Netflix has added a warning to the first episode Stranger ThingsSeason 4 was made possible by a mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, 25 May.

“We filmed this season of Stranger Things a year ago. But given the recent tragic shooting at a school in Texas, viewers may find the opening scene of episode 1 distressing,” read a disclaimer for the season 4 premiere on Friday, May 27. “We are deeply saddened by this unspeakable violence, and our hearts go out to every family mourning a loved one.”

The streamer also added a description for the episode that noted “graphic violence involving children” in the premiere. After a horrific shooting at an elementary school that left 19 children and two adults dead, the warning will be shown only to U.S viewers.

The premiere’s opening sequence, which Netflix previously uploaded to YouTube, has since been removed. It shows Hawkins Laboratory being attacked.

CBS also responded to the Texas shootings by pulling the finale of the season. FBIIt was originally scheduled to air Tuesday. Other projects currently being pushed include Lifetime’s The Bad Seed ReturnsRed carpet premieres and other special events PhysicalAnd The Orville: New HorizonsAccording to Variety.

Keep an eye out for Stranger Things‘ long-awaited return, MattAnd Ross DufferAnswered fan concerns regarding the season 4 episode split. Volume 1 features seven episodes. Volume 2 will feature the remaining two installments.

“The original plan was to release it all at once again. But as we began turning over episodes, everyone began to feel the season was too big to be released in one batch — at nearly 13 hours, it is really more two seasons than one,” the Duffer brothers, 38, told VarietyThursday, May 26. “Episode 7 is as big as any season finale we’ve ever had, so it made sense to everyone involved to split the season there. Episode 7 really serves as the end of the second act — and we feel that our final act had enough meat on the bone to make up Volume 2.”

The writing duo also teased that viewers won’t have to wait long for the fifth and final season. “We always knew that Season 4 was going to be the penultimate season, and that its ending would dovetail directly into Season 5. During the six-month pandemic hiatus, we outlined Season 5 and pitched it to Netflix,” they added. “Don’t hold us to it, but the gap should be quite a bit shorter this time, due to the fact that we already have an initial outline, and we can’t imagine there will be another six-month forced hiatus.”

Season 4 Stranger ThingsNetflix now has it streaming.

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