The streamer was concerned that some scenes were particularly harrowing in light of recent tragic events.
The premiere of ‘Stranger Things 4’ is one of the most anticipated TV events of the year, but Netflix’s hit series was not immune to the tragic events in Uvalde, Texas this week. Following the Robb Elementary school shooting, which killed 19 students and two teachers, Netflix opted to air a warning card ahead of new episodes (via Variety). The reasoning is that some scenes depicting violence against children could be particularly traumatic for viewers still processing Uvalde’s filming.
The warning card, which will be shown to US viewers ahead of Episode 1 of the new season, reads: “We filmed this season of ‘Stranger Things’ a year ago. But given the recent shooting tragedy at a Texas school, viewers may find the opening scene of Episode 1 distressing. We are deeply saddened by this unspeakable violence, and our hearts go out to each family who mourns a loved one.”
In addition to this, Netflix added an additional disclaimer to the episode description: “Warning: Contains graphic violence involving children.”
Netflix’s actions come as much of the entertainment industry struggles to respond to the shooting. Many celebrities have spoken out in favor of tougher gun control legislation nationwide, and other shows have rescheduled events and pulled potentially triggering episodes to show their sensitivity.
This hurdle comes at the end of a huge rollout for the long-awaited Season 4. Last week, Netflix released the first eight minutes of the new season and confirmed that most episodes have runtimes closer to feature films than traditional TV episodes. .
The official synopsis for “Stranger Things 4” states that “It has been six months since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins. Grappling with the aftermath, our group of friends are separated for the first time – and navigating the complexities of high school didn’t make it any easier.In this most vulnerable time, a horrifying new supernatural threat surfaces, presenting a gruesome mystery that, if solved, could finally put an end to the horrors. from the Upside Down.
The first seven episodes of “Stranger Things 4” are set to debut on Netflix on Friday, May 27.