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Stranger Things Season 4: Netflix adds content warning for the first episode of the series

The Netflix series stars Winona Ryder, Brett Gelman, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Sadie Sink, Joe Keery, and Maya Hawke.

  • Ujan Chakraborty

Last Updated: 01.09 PM, May 27, 2022

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Stranger Things Season 4: Netflix adds content warning for the first episode of the series
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Created by The Duffer Brothers, season 4 of the highly awaited series, Stranger Things has finally been released on Netflix. And as the first episode of the drama starts with a disturbing scene, the makers have issued a content warning at the last minute.

In the wake of the school massacre in Texas that left 21 people dead, including 19 children, Netflix has attached a last-minute content warning to the first episode of the new season of Stranger Things. The fourth season of the show has been released internationally, just days after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. The season is said to begin with a supernatural carnage that involves the sight of multiple bloodied children.

According to The Guardian, the caution, which is added only for the US audience, states, "We shot this season of Stranger Things a year ago. However, considering the recent unfortunate shooting at a Texas school, viewers may find the first episode's opening sequence disturbing. We are heartbroken by this horrific act of violence, and our thoughts are with every family who has lost a loved one."

A Netflix spokeswoman told the Hollywood Reporter that they decided to add the message, given the proximity of the release to this tragedy and because the opening sequence is so dreadful. "Warning: Contains violent violence involving children," Netflix has added to the episode description too.

Following the killing in Uvalde on Tuesday, Lifetime rescheduled the release of The Bad Seed Returns, a TV movie about a homicidal high school student, and CBS cancelled the season finale of procedural drama FBI, which was set to show that evening. A storyline featuring a student's potential connection in a tragic robbery is reportedly featured in the episode.

Meanwhile, the first volume of Stranger Things 4 is now streaming on Netflix. The second volume will start streaming on July 1. The series stars Winona Ryder, Brett Gelman, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Sadie Sink, Joe Keery and Maya Hawke, among others.

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