Stranger Things season 3 takes place in the summer of 1985. Those in Hawkins are living a seemingly normal life a year after the Mind Flayer was sealed back into the Upside Down. Mike, Lucas, Will, and Dustin are leaving their adolescence behind as they are beginning to focus more on girls than Dungeons & Dragons. Season four takes place on the east and west coasts, and in the former Soviet Union. The Hawkins crew has been split throughout the world. Eleven, Joyce, Jonathan, and Will are in California and things haven’t been great for Eleven. She’s lost her powers and high school sucks.