Things in Hawkins, Indiana, are bound to get even stranger.
Warning: This article contains extensive spoilers and speculation for Stranger Things season 3.
Last summer twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer took the streaming world by storm with the premiere of Stranger Things, an original Netflix series that follows the strange happenings of a small town in the ’80s.
The viral, nostalgia-soaked TV show returned with its second season on Oct. 27, just in time for Halloween. The new season—which the Duffer brothers have said should feel more like a movie sequel—brings us back to Hawkins, Indiana, one year after Will Byers has been saved from the Demogorgon for a darker, horror-filled storyline.
Much like the season 1 finale, season 2 ended with far more unanswered questions than resolutions. What exactly is the Shadow Monster, and how is it related to the Demogorgon, if at all? Who exactly is Kali, and is she related to Eleven? And will Dustin ever get a girlfriend?
Fans may not have any of the answers to the questions above, but here’s everything viewers do know about Stranger Things season 3 so far.
Stranger Things season 3 plot
In August, Atlanta Filming—a Twitter account dedicated to filming sightings in Atlanta, where the show is filmed—tweeted Stranger Things would begin filming “soon.”
Oh on #strangerthings3 it starts filming soon.
— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) August 28, 2017
In an interview with Vulture, the Duffer brothers not only confirmed a third season but also said they intend to wrap up the TV show at the end of the fourth season.
“We just have to keep adjusting the story,” Matt said. “Though I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year.”
There have been conflicting rumors about how Netflix intends to film and roll out the fourth season. One theory suggests Netflix wants to finish filming the series as soon as possible to wrap up the story before the child stars outgrow their characters or get snatched up by bigger, more lucrative roles in Hollywood.
The Duffer brothers, along with executive producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen, reportedly vetoed that idea because the small writers room cannot churn out episodes quickly enough. The more likely theory suggests the writers will adapt the storyline to match where the kids are at in real life.
Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter, Matt Duffer said that season 2 purposefully ended without a serious cliffhanger to leave the door open for season 3—even though the finale closed with an ominous look at the Upside Down.
“Last year, we had a lot of little cliffhangers at the end of the season. We didn’t want to do that again,” Duffer said. “We didn’t want to box ourselves in for season three. We wanted to be able to start season three on a very clean slate.”
Stranger Things season 3 cast and news
On Dec. 1, Netflix announced that Stranger Things had officially been renewed for season 3.
It’s difficult to imagine Hawkins, Indiana, without Mike, Lucas, Dustin, and Eleven, but as each child star’s career blows up, the cast of the show becomes more and more uncertain.
While actors Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, and Caleb McLaughlin have all signed a six-year contract, according to the Hollywood Reporter, there will be a renegotiation in early 2018.
The good news is that if the show already has plans to begin filming season 3, then it looks likely that the main cast of the show will remain the same for the foreseeable future. We’ll keep you posted.
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Stranger Things season 3 release date
Netflix has not yet confirmed a release date for season three, but if the Duffer brothers maintain the same timing they did for season 2, fans might see the show return just in time for Halloween in 2018.
At the latest, fans can expect the show to return by early 2019.
David Harbour seemed to confirm that in mid December 2017 during an interview with Variety.
“I mean, one of the things that’s annoying for fans is that it takes us a long time to do them,” he said. “Like, you probably won’t get [season 3] until sometime in 2019. But also part of the thing is, like any good thing, they need time. And those guys work so hard. I mean, they just sit in their apartment and write for 12, 14 hours a day.”
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