Stranger Things has a very particular aesthetic, and fans of the sci-fi drama series know it well. The small town of Hawkins, Indiana has always been packed with all of the colorful clothes, stylized technology, big hair, and overall the 1980s vibes that drew fans to the show in the first place.
Small town America is a pretty typical setting, but the 1980s era has contributed a lot to the storylines in the show. Americans were very concerned about communism in the '80s thanks to the enduring Cold War between the Soviet Union and the U.S., which came into play heavily in the third season. The infamous Project MKUltra, hinted to be the reason Eleven has powers, took place in the late 1960s, lining up perfectly for Eleven's mother to have participated.
With the production of Stranger Things season four on hold due to Coronavirus safety concerns, fans are speculating how the delay could change the setting of the series. With so many young actors in the cast playing young characters, if the delay runs long, it's certainly likely the stars are going to look older than they should. To combat this potential problem, some fans think a time jump forward to the 1990s is in order.
Season 3 took place in 1985, so the jump would only be five years or so. As interesting as that would be, think of how much the characters would have grown, and how much of their lives viewers have missed. Not to mention, that would mean that Hopper has been in a Russian prison for at least five years. Responding to a poll on Express, fans were asked the question: "Should Stranger Things time jump to the '90s?" The results were quite divided, with some yearning to see the kids grown up, and others citing the '80s theme and setting as one of the series' main draws.
Whatever the setting, let's just hope Season 4 comes sooner than later!