In a move that surprises no one, nowhere, Netflix just announced that Stranger Things has officially been renewed for a 3rd Season. Though perhaps not quite as lauded as Season 1, Season 2 was nonetheless thoroughly enjoyable (minus the Lost Sister episode, in my opinion); the series was bolstered by knock-out performances from Sean Astin as newcomer Bob Newby and Stranger Things alum Joe Keery, who’s reprisal of Steve Harrington saw the character rise to the status of unlikely hero.
There were also a couple bits of news absent from the announcement: There was no indication of when the show will return, or for how many episodes. Oftentimes such details are omitted from a renewal release, so one shouldn’t make any assumptions. But when Netflix renewed Stranger Things for season 2 in August of last year, the announcement was coupled with a 2017 return date and the episode count. That both pieces of info were absent very likely means those details are still being decided (we’re told season 3 is currently being written, which means production wouldn’t likely start until spring at the earliest).
We’ll be keeping our ears to the ground to bring you additional Stranger Things Season 3 news as details emerge. And if you haven’t experienced the phenomenon that is Stranger Things for yourself, peep the trailer and synopsis for Season 2 below. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Joyce (Winona Ryder), is attempting to make things stable for Will and his brother, Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), and she is dating an old high school classmate, Bob (The Goonies’ Sean Astin). “She’s trying to mask a lot,” explains Ryder. “I think she’s made this choice with Bob because she wants a good father figure in her sons’ lives.”
Meanwhile, Hopper (David Harbour) is attempting to keep all the events of last season, like the disappearance of Barb, a secret in order to protect Joyce and the kids. “It kind of falls on Hopper to be the voice of authority to say, ‘This did happen and this didn’t happen,’” says Harbour. “He’s struggling with the compromise that takes him to, having to lie and cover things up.” Siblings Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Mike are also much changed and mourning the (seeming) deaths of friends Barb and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). “She and Mike are both the most screwed-up because they’re the ones who both lost someone,” says co-creator Ross Duffer. “They’re both grappling with that, and we see the effects.”
Shaking up the dynamics in Hawkins is the arrival of another brother-sister duo, Billy (Dacre Montgomery) and Max (Sadie Sink). While Max becomes pals with the boys and attracts romantic interest from Lucas and Dustin (played by actors Caleb McLaughlin and Gaten Matarazzo), Billy doesn’t exactly make friends. Teases Matt Duffer, “Stephen King always has really great human villains. The evil in the real world is often as bad or worse than the supernatural evil, so we wanted to introduce a character like that.”