As Season 4 of Stranger Things inches closer, there is evidence of a location shift in the mix. According to Collider, the Netflix VP of Physical Production, Patty Whitcher, says that filming has moved to New Mexico.
There are a variety of possible reasons for a production move this season. In terms of the plot, the end of Season 3 saw the "death" of Hopper and the Byers family, as well as Eleven, moving out of Hawkins. Also, with the release of the latest teaser and the surprise announcement that Hopper is in fact very much alive, just caught in Russia, things are turning international. While New Mexico is still in America, it does bring the focus away from the small-town feel that's been so iconic to earlier seasons.
Collider also reminds fans that Netflix just bought Albuquerque Studios, which is allegedly a cheaper place to film than their previous spot in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, Netflix is reportedly filming Hopper's scenes in Lithuania, which is functioning as a stand-in for Russia.
While fans grow more and more excited, there's no actual release date set for Stranger Things Season 4. Many sources have been saying it could be sometime in 2020, or maybe early 2021.