When Stranger Things finished, I didn’t want any more of it - it was a nicely compact story, all rounded-out quite succinctly. Sure, there was a little tease at the end - but sometimes you don’t need to follow these things through, they’re just a bit of fun. Still, it was wildly popular and did a lot for Netflix, so of course a second season was commissioned.
Thankfully, the second season was good, also. Phew. And now, as is the law, a third season must follow, regardless of any threat for diminishing returns - so we begin the countdown to season 3. And if anyone can live up to the hype - it’s the Stranger Things lot, they’ve got a good track record.
Anyway, here’s what we know so far:
It’s going to be set in 1985
So that’s one year on from season two, and two from season one - a year per season, it is, with Stranger Things. And with a potential five seasons teased by the Duffer brothers, we might reach 1987, the same year that Michael Fish told everyone there wasn’t going to be a hurricane. What I’m saying is hopefully there’ll be a whole episode dedicated to that. Very creepy.
We’re gonna get a lot more of Steve and his ridiculous quiff
Producer Shaun Levy said at a recent PaleyFest panel:
“We’ll definitely get to see some more of Steve Harrington in season three, and I’ll just say we won’t be abandoning the Dad Steve magic. I don’t want to say much more, but I literally feel that we were walking along and we stumbled onto a gold mine with Dad Steve.”
This is good, because Steve is good. He adds a father-figure element to the younger group, and also has a big bat with spikes in it, and if you think that I don’t want to see more of a big bat with spikes in it, then you’ve got your wires crossed somewhere along the line, buddy.
We’ve got a new character on our hands, everybody
And she is:
Yep, that’s Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke’s daughter up there, being all retro and cool, fact fans.
We’ll also be seeing more Erica, and potentially more Kali
Erica, Lucas’ sister wasn’t in much of season two, but she made a hilarious impact whenever she was, so it seems she’s been bumped up to a more regular role in the next installment. Kali, Eleven’s super-powered sibling, on the other hand, divided audiences, but it looks as though she might pop up at least once. Levy has said that the show will leave the town of Hawkins at points, presumably to check up on the other kids that were experimented on.
Things are going to get all luvvy-duvvy
Levy also confirmed that Eleven and Mike, and Max and Lucas would be couples at the start of season three:
“Mike and Eleven and are going strong, so that’s a relationship that continues, and same with Mad Max and Lucas. But again, they’re like 13- or 14-year-old kids, so what does romance mean at that stage of life? It can never be simple and stable relationships and there’s fun to that instability.”
Ah, young love - or more specifically, young love set in 1985, which means it’ll hopefully be soundtracked by Huey Lewis and The News. Anything else and I’m sending an email to HR.
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*VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE*
The Stranger Things people are hard at work brewing up the next season – and they’ve now released a cool video showing the production getting under way for S3. We can see all the big names like Winona Ryder and David Harbour but we also get a glimpse at the new people joining the cast including actors Jake Busey and Cary Elwes. We’re very excited over here.