Here’s everything relevant we could get our hands on regarding the forthcoming Stranger Things season 3, including a few exceptionally minor spoilers on casting, plot and series influences.
It seems like forever since we saw the last episode of the Stranger Things TV series. So, to make the wait for the upcoming season slightly more manageable, we have compiled some dot-points of what to expect out of the mysterious 80’s town of Hawkins Indiana when Stranger Things season 3 hits the small screen in 2019.
There is a one-year time-jump
Producer Shawn Levy is now on the record as saying that the next instalment of the TV series is set a year after season two’s conclusion, during the summer of 1985.
Stranger Things creators, the Duffer brothers, sat down with The Hollywood Reporter, and further elaborated that the reason behind the small time-skip was a way to accommodate the child actors growing and changing.
We all gathered this when the ‘Starcourt Mall’ promo came out earlier in the year, exuding those Summer vibes…
“Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump,” said Matt Duffer.
The Duffer Brothers also suggested that the new episodes will deal with the kids growing up and grappling with puberty.
You’ll See more of Erica in Stranger Things season 3
According to the Duffer Brothers, Priah Ferguson who plays the role of Erica in Stanger Things will continue into season three of the TV series. Matt Duffer told Yahoo that they loved Erica.
“Erica wasn’t even supposed to be in [season two] as much as she was,” Duffer said. “We fell in love with this girl.”
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The 11-year-old actress plays a beguiling, and significant title role that even the brothers didn’t want to lose her.
As Variety describes, Erica “returns in the next instalment with an army of her own friends. No longer content with sitting on the sidelines, Erica finds herself on a wild mission to save Hawkins from a dangerous new threat.”
All the lead actors have confirmed that they will reprise their roles. That is; Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Sadie Sink (Max), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton).
Natalia Dyer (Nancy) will also be returning, and promised fans that season three to be the show’s biggest yet. Dyer told Hollywood reporter: “This year it feels very… big. I mean they all feel big, but this one feels maybe the biggest so far, so it’s been good.”
Meanwhile, Joe Keery (Steve), who was the former love interest to Nancy before Jonathan came into the picture, will also be coming back as evinced in the brief trailer released back in July 2018, where he is seen working behind the counter at Scoops Ahoy Ice Cream Parlor.
The show recently stated that Stranger Things season 3 would have at least three new characters.
- Cary Elwes is cast to play Mayor Larry Kline who is described as a classic, 80’s style slick politician, and mostly driven by his interests.
- Maya Thurman-Hawke will play Robin – an “alternative girl.” She is denoted as both sharp and playful who will uncover a dark secret that will change the lives of the people in Hawkins.
- Jake Busey will act as Bruce, an immoral news reporter.
- Patricia Brown (casting not yet known) seems to be filing the role of the sweet, neighbourhood grandma. The studio is looking for a female in her 70s for the role which will see her spending a lot of time tending to her garden and offering advice to the neighbourhood kids.
How many episodes will there be in Stranger Things season 3?
Executive producer Shawn Levy gave a pretty clear idea of the new season’s episode count in an interview with Glamour back in October 2017.
“It’ll be an eight or nine-episode season,” Levy said. “The number of episodes will be dictated by the amount of story that excites us. We now know what is going to happen in season three to every character.”
TV Line later reported that the new season will consist of eight episodes.
What’s it all about?
There’s been lots of hints and hearsay surrounding Stranger Things season 3 (especially by the cast), and after the season 2 finale, there are still lots of questions that need answering – especially when it comes to the sinister residents of the ‘Upside Down’ and what they actually want?
We’ve pieced together what the actors and showrunners have had to say on the upcoming season, and also flicked through the newly released official companion book, entitled Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down to try and get some idea of what’s going to happen.
While the book sheds light on lots of things, there’s still no defining plot reveals for Stranger Things season 3 that we can link together to guess the main conflict points and motives of any new antagonists. Not yet.
There’s also been lots of talk about how this upcoming season has been heavily influenced the 1985 comedy Fletch. How will a Chevy Chase comedy relate to a Spielbergian/King influenced horror TV series? Maybe it’s going to be more comedic? We don’t yet know.
Here’s what we do know…
The Mind Flayer could still bring some serious trouble. According to The Duffer Brothers: “They’ve shut the door on the Mind Flayer, but not only is it still there in the Upside Down, it’s very much aware of the kids, and particularly Eleven. It had not encountered her and her powers until that final episode. Now, it knows that she’s out there.”
And while we are on the subject of psychic children, Millie Bobby Brown’s iconic character, Eleven, will once again play a pivotal role, of course, as this young girl is now very hot property in tinsel town – earning as much per episode as screen vet Winona Ryder.
Talking to Variety, Millie Bobbie Brown gave some hints into what will happen to Eleven. “It’s really a coming of age for her and understanding what being a normal teenage girl is,” she said. “It’s a beautiful storyline for Eleven this season.”
Executive producer Shawn Levy confirmed that Eleven and Mike will still be together in season three, too – so that’s nice.
Eleven’s controlling father is rumoured to play a role also, and Eleven and the other ‘psychic weapon’ Eight may tangle, or maybe even join forces.
David Harbour – who plays Jim Hopper – suggested to Insider that a fan theory about his daughter Sara (it’s thought she died in Hawkins Lab) could be true. When the similarity between where Hopper was seen slumped in a stairwell in season one and where Dr Owens was found hiding in season two was pointed out to him, Harbour responded: “It is the same location. So that’s interesting. Or it’s a similar location.”
There have also been multiple hints, in the show and outside of it, of a blossoming romance between Jim Hopper and Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) in the upcoming season.
David Harbour told Variety that he would love to see his character couple up with Winona Ryder’s character. “From the very beginning, I thought that these are two tortured, messed up, beautiful people who are like puzzle pieces that can’t stand each other but actually need each other,” he explained.
And now, Millie Bobby Brown is letting the fans know that she is a big supporter of this very romance, coining the term “Jopper” to describe Joyce and Hopper getting together.
“I can’t say anything about this,” Brown cheekily told Variety when told what Harbour had said. “This is so bad.”
She then added, “Listen, I would love for them to get together. Jopper is like my inspiration in life.”
Ross Duffer has also said that the core friendship group of Will, Mike, Dustin and Lucas will all be tested – and not just by creatures from another dimension.
He is quoted in the companion book as saying: “It’s really the final summer of their childhood…they’re dealing with growing up, with these complicated new relationships. They’re starting to fall apart a little bit, and maybe they don’t love playing Dungeons and Dragons as much as they used to. Naturally, that’s going to generate conflict.”
The show is not ending anytime soon
The Duffer brothers have always indicated that they don’t plan on going beyond the fourth season of the TV series. However, fans globally were dumbstruck by some of the stars’ social media posts that speculated the series might be coming to an end after merely just three seasons.
Most notably, Millie Bobby Brown posted a tear-stained face on her Instagram feed following the last day of shooting.
“No!” she exclaimed when Colbert asked if the teary photo she posted was because the show is ending. “I’m just a very emotional person.”
Brown explained that she was just disheartened to say goodbye to close friend and co-star Sadie Sink as well as the catering team. To further calm down the worried fans, she also added it was the “last day of the season, not the show.”
When is Stranger Things 3 released? Why has it taken so long?
Netflix has confirmed that Stranger Things season 3 will debut in the US Summer of 2019 – between June and August.
The streaming service made the announcement during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills on July 29.
“It’s a handcrafted show,” Cindy Holland, VP of Netflix’s original content, explained. “The Duffer brothers and Shawn Levy have worked really hard, and they understand the stakes are high. They want to deliver something bigger and better than what they did last year. And so they really want to take the time to get it right.”
Holland added that “more special effects” is one of the main reasons for season three’s prolonged production – but it’ll be “worth the wait”.
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