This change of tone in the photography and this absence of warm colours compared to previous seasons, can be explained, on one hand, by the general and steadily increasing darkness of cinema and television products (that we spoke about in this article
) and, on the other, by the narrative (and chronological) progression of the series.
In its fourth season, the characters in Stranger Things
are no longer children and begin to confront increasingly adult issues and problems, like Will’s love for his friend Mike, recently confirmed by the actor, Noah Schnapp, who plays his role. Gloomy colours, darkness and shadows accompany this journey away from childhood with the characters becoming less innocent, the monsters more frightening, the settings less cosy and the problems more complicated. The light and colours are therefore a thermometer of passing time for Eleven, Mike, Will, Dustin, Max and Lucas who now have to face the adult world and abandon the innocence and playfulness of childhood typical of their early adventures.