The streamer was concerned that certain scenes could be particularly distressing in light of recent tragic events.
The premiere of “Stranger Things 4” is one of the most anticipated television events of the year, but the successful Netflix series was no stranger to the tragic events that occurred in Uvalde, Texas, this week. Following the shooting at Robb Elementary School, which killed 19 students and two teachers, Netflix opted to run a warning card before new episodes (via Variety). The reasoning is that certain scenes showing violence against children could be particularly traumatic for viewers still processing the Uvalde shooting.
The warning card, which will be shown to US viewers before Episode 1 of the new season, reads: “We filmed this season of ‘Stranger Things’ a year ago. But given the recent tragic school shooting in Texas, viewers may find the opening scene of episode 1 harrowing. We are deeply saddened by this unspeakable violence, and our hearts go out to all the families grieving a loved one.”
On top of that, Netflix added an additional disclaimer to the episode’s 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 more restrictive national gun control legislation, and other shows have rescheduled events and removed potentially triggering episodes to show sensitivity.
This roadblock comes at the end of a lengthy release of the much-anticipated season 4. Last week, Netflix released the first eight minutes of the new season and confirmed that most of the episodes have running times closer to those of the movies. than traditional television episodes. .
The official synopsis for “Stranger Things 4” says that “Six months have passed since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins. Struggling with the fallout, our group of friends break up for the first time, and navigating the complexities of high school hasn’t made things any easier. In this most vulnerable moment, a horrific new supernatural threat emerges, presenting a terrifying mystery that, if solved, could finally bring the horrors of the Upside Down to an end.”
The first seven episodes of “Stranger Things 4” will debut on Netflix on Friday, May 27.