'Stranger Things' Season 3: Release Date, Cast, Trailers And Everything You Need To Know

7 January 2018, 16:11

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Woodrow Whyte

By Woodrow Whyte

Stranger Things has been renewed for a third season and we've got all the latest news and rumours about the cast, storyline, theories and trailer announcements.

Now we've finally fully recovered from the last season, we think we're nearly ready to think about Stranger Things season three.

Netflix have confirm that the show has been renewed and now David Harbour, aka Police Chief Jim Hopper, has told fans he thinks Stranger Things season three will drop in 2019. Too long to wait? Well, you can read all the latest about the making of the third season below. 

Has Stranger Things season 3 been confirmed?

Yes. Netflix has officially confirmed the third season of Stranger Things

The Duffer Brothers, the show’s creators, have ~confirmed~ there will be four series. “We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out,” said Ross in an interview with Vulture. By that point the kids will be approaching college age. “We just have to keep adjusting the story,” said Matt. “Though I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year.” “They’re going to have to get the fuck out of this town!” says Ross. 

When is Stranger Things season 3 released?

2019. At least, that's the opinion of David Harbour. In an interview with Variety, he explained why it would take so long for another season. "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.” Fair enough.

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What’s going to happen in Stranger Things season 3?

The end of season two wrapped up a little TOO nicely for our liking to be honest. The threat from the Upside Down seems to have been contained... for now. The gate in the lab has been closed but as we saw right at the end of the season, that giant monster in the sky is still at large on the other side. 

There's also the small matter of the rest of the lab experiments. After Eleven ditched Eight to return to Hawkins, where did she go? How many more test subjects will we get to meet in the future? Do they all have different powers? WHAT IS HAPPENING?

In other news, we'll probably get to see how Eleven (or Jane, should we say) takes to her life in Hawkins. Will she go to school? How many more words will she learn? Oh, and of course... catch up on all the new relationships that were formed at the Hawkins High Snow Ball. - Katie Louise Smith.

One fan theory that has been getting a lot of attention lately is that Mike, played by Finn Wolfhard, will be killed off. Considering Mike is central to the whole show, and the seasons so far have put an emphasis on the protecting the lives of the children at all cost, we suspect this is complete BS. If you're an adult living in Hawkins, however, you might not be so safe. 

What year will Stranger Things 3 be set in?

The reason Stranger Things 2 had a time jump to a year later from the first season was surprisingly simple: the child actors started to look older. So as the kids creep up in years, their characters have to keep up the pace. Ross Duffer explained that Stranger Things 3 will have to time jump again to keep up with the real ages of the actors.

“It will have to be somewhat of a time gap, because the kids are, I mean, they already look so much older", he explained to Yahoo. "No matter what we want to do, I remember when we were originally talking about Season 2, we wanted to just start it in Christmas and just go from there, but then we realised the kids are just too old, so we had to jump forward. Even the latest trailer, we had to loop a line with Caleb [McLaughlin]. He sounds like a man now. It creeps me out. He’s going to be driving to set next year.”

In all likelihood this means we could end up in '86 or '87. Some have even suggested '88, which happens to be the year Winona Ryder starred in the iconic Beetlejuice. We're sure the Duffer Brothers, who love to litter the show with sneaky film references, would miss an opportunity to plant easter eggs all over in reference to the film.

Which cast members will return for Stranger Things season 3?

Well, considering that all your favourites managed to escape the terrifying shadow monster unscathed (kind of), you can expect the core gang to return but here's what we know so far.

The first cast member to be confirmed is the sassiest character from the latest series, Lucas' sister Erica Sinclair, played by 11-year-old Priah Ferguson. Ross Duffer said in an interview with Yahoo: “There will definitely be more Erica in season 3. That is the fun thing about the show — you discover stuff as you’re filming. We were able to integrate more of her in, but not as much you want because the story [was] already going. ‘We got to use more Erica,’ that was one of the first things we said in the writers’ room.”

Kali, also known as Eight, has also been confirmed to return by the Duffer brothers.Her story will be explored even more in season three. “It feels weird to me that we wouldn't solve [her] storyline. I would say chances are very high she comes back,” said Matt Duffer in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.

Will Jonathan Byers return to Stranger Things? His spot on the show hangs in the balance after the UK-born Charlie Heaton, who plays Jonathan, was reportedly detained at Los Angeles’ LAX Airport after allegedly being found to be in possession of cocaine. He has since released a statement about the incident. "“My planned travel to the U.S. last week was affected by an issue at U.S. immigration, and I am working to rectify it as soon as possible. I do want to clarify that I was not arrested or charged with a crime, and cooperated fully with the U.S. officials at LAX. I’m sorry to all the fans and my Stranger Things family for missing the premiere. We are all so proud of this season and I would never want this story to negatively impact the show.” At present, it's far too early to know but the incident will be a major headache to the creators when writing the third season. 

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Have they started filming Stranger Things 3 yet?

The short answer is no. The cast will be busy promoting the second season for the next few weeks and will likely begin filming the next instalment in early 2018. When we spoke to Noah and Caleb on the PopBuzz Podcast, they revealed it took 9 months to film the second season, so it's likely that the third season, depending on the amount of episodes, will continue filming well into summer 2018.

When will the Stranger Things season 3 trailer drop?

Next year...although we might get a teaser clip a bit sooner if we all ask nicely enough.


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