Stranger Things stars Sadie Sink, Gaten Matarazzo and Priah Ferguson tell the Today show that the series gets ‘darker’ next season

Sadie Sink looked radiant in a grey plaid blazer over a white romper while arriving NBC Studios to tape an episode of the Today Show with Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo and Priah Ferguson in New York City on Wednesday. As she prepared to to discuss the fourth and final season on the popular morning television show, the 20-year-old actress was seen beaming as she reunited with members of the Stranger Things’ cast.

She added a surgical mask as cases of COVID-19 creep back up in the Big Apple. Sink, who gained international acclaim when she joined the second season of the hit Netflix series in her role as Max Mayfield, teased how ‘each year it [the show] gets darker and darker.]’ ‘We kind of sound like broken records,’ she joked, which gained a laugh from Al Roker and her costars.

After the latest season was delayed after production was shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, Matarazzo, 19, stressed how ‘excited’ for Stranger Things’ highly-anticipated return. When asked how it feels to have shot the last season, Schnapp, 17, confessed he felt ‘sad’ and said he was ‘in tears’ when he heard the announcement.

The cast went on to discuss how wild it has been to see each other grow up on set with Millie Bobbie Brown starting at 12 and Matarazzo, Caleb McLoughlan, and Finn Wolfhard were 14, 14, and 13 respectively.

Schnapp, one of the younger cast members, and was only 11 when the show first hit the streaming platform. Ferguson, 15, who was just 10 when she joined the sci-fi horror series, spoke about her journey working the the legendary cast and how ‘it was cool to see, not just the sassy side of Erica [her character], but what she brings to the team as well.’

Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that the upcoming season of the critically-acclaimed science fiction show cost a whooping $30 million per episode to make.

It will consist of nine episodes making the approximate budget $270 million for the full season. The first half of season 4, dubbed part 1, will include the first five episodes of the season set for release on May 27.

The latter four episodes are set to come out on July 1. The outlet went on to explain that Netflix has a history of spending big money, but that era may be slowly coming to an end with senior executives promising more fiscal discipline.

Part of the big spending on the series came from the cast’s salaries which were recently revealed by the streaming giant. David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown and Winona Ryder are all tied for the highest salary on the show making $350,000 an episode. Many other members of the main cast including Finn Wolfhard and Noah Schnapp are commanding salaries of $250,000 an episode.

Stranger Things is a science-fiction series set in 1980s Indiana where a group of friends see supernatural forces and government experimentation in their small hometown. The show has received much critical acclaim including four Golden Globe nominations and three Grammy Awards nods. Stranger Things originally premiered on July 15, 2016 and will add one more season, season 5, before coming to a close.







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