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Eleven Is the Key to Winning a War with the Upside Down in 'Stranger Things' Season 4 Trailer

'A war is coming. I'm afraid your friends in Hawkins are very much in the eye of the storm,' Sam Owens says in the trailer.

Danielle Turchiano
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'Stranger Things' Season 4

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The kids of Hawkins, Ind. may have been dealing with issues (and monsters) well beyond their years for, well, years already, but when the fourth season of Stranger Things begins on May 27, things will get even darker. See how in a just-released trailer for the Emmy-winning sci-fi period drama.

"A war is coming. I'm afraid your friends in Hawkins are very much in the eye of the storm," the trailer, which you can watch below, teases.

At the end of Season 3, a power-less Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) was relocated to California with Will's (Noah Schnapp) family and has been corresponding with Mike (Finn Wolfhard) through old-fashioned snail mail. The Season 4 trailer confirms it was Sam Owens (Paul Reiser) who helped them move, in order to keep them safe. But now, he needs to pull them back because, as he puts it, without Eleven, "we can't win this war."

So it won't be long before the gang's all back together (and before Eleven gets her powers restored), but in the time away (about six months since the end of the events of Season 3), Hopper (David Harbour) has been imprisoned in Russia, while Mike, Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Max (Sadie Sink) have learned to navigate high school without a few of their friends. Specifically for Max, there is the loss of her big brother Billy (Dacre Montgomery) that leaves a void. She is the first character seen in the trailer, sitting at his grave, speaking to him.

"Ever since you left, everything's been a total disaster," she tells him. "For a while we tried to be happy — normal. I know that's impossible."

And it is because "people say Hawkins is cursed. They're not way off."

The season also stars Winona Ryder, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, Brett Gelman, Cara Buono, and Matthew Modine, with Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Quinn, Eduardo Franco, Sherman Augustus, Mason Dye, Nikola Djuricko, Tom Wlaschiha, Myles Truitt, Regina Ting Chen, Grace Van Dien, Logan Riley Bruner, Logan Allen, Elodie Grace Orkin), John Reynolds, Rob Morgan, Amybeth McNulty, and Robert Englund. (The trailer offers a very brief first look at horror legend Englund in this new role, don't blink or you might miss it!)

Stranger Things was created by Matt and Ross Duffer who executive produce alongside Iain Paterson, Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen, and Curtis Gwinn. The Duffers also direct five episodes across both halves of the season (Episodes 401, 402, 407, 408, and 409), while Levy directs Episodes 403 and 404, and Nimród Antal directs Episodes 405 and 406. The season, which is split into two parts, begins in May with "Volume 1," and then "Volume 2" launches on July 1.

Stranger Things, which thus far has a Metascore of 75, has already been renewed for a fifth and final season.