With another successful season under its belt, it’s no surprise Stranger Things and its wild tales of the supernatural will return for a third season. Set in 1980’s Hawkins, Indiana, the adventures of Mike, Will, Lucas, Dustin and Eleven have captivated viewers for the last two years. Today, The Hollywood Reporter announced the hit Netflix series has been given the green light on a new season. An official release date is reportedly yet to be determined.
The show has emerged as Netflix’s premiere show franchise. It’s brought in over 18 Emmy nominations while winning five awards while creating a new avenue of revenue for the streaming network in the process (see: the influx of dope Strangers Things merch). Its cast members have also seen their profiles grow, with its stars such as Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown and Gaten Matarazzo all venturing into roles side from their performances on the show. Which makes one wonder: will the child stars have leverage to restructure their current deals for future seasons?
Stranger Things burst onto the scene back in July 2016 and timed the release of its second season to coincide with Halloween weekend 2017. A little more than a year had passed between seasons 1 and 2, and with the events that went down in the latest season, there’s room for more time to pass before season 3 drops. While there are no known confirmations of what will happen in the new season, it will be interesting to see how the showrunners will accommodate for their teenage cast’s transitions into adulthood.
Stranger Things co-creator Matt Duffer acknowledged those challenges in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying, “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. But what I like is that it makes you evolve the show. It forces the show to evolve and change, because the kids are changing.”
In case you haven’t checked out the new season of Stranger Things yet, here’s the trailer below.