While fans of Netflix's breakout hit Stranger Things still have to wait a while before they can binge watch season 3, both the cast and the powers that be behind the camera are assuring them it will be worth the wait. Set one year after season 2, which saw the show bring on a few new key characters as well as the introduction of the much loved 'Dad Steve', season 3 promises to give fans more of what they love about the show - which is a healthy dose of creepiness mixed with just the right amount of heart.
With all the main cast members returning for season 3, fans can be assured there will definitely be more supernatural monsters and government bad guys for our favourite gang of tweens and teens to deal with. Season two saw the appearance of the supersized cloud monster called the Mind-Flayer that can be seen ominously lurking in the Upside Down at the end of the season, even after Eleven had closed the gate between our world and that of the Upside-Down. Clearly any sense of calm or respite from the Upside-Down monsters for our favorite characters will be fleeting.
And while we know there will be a new evil for the kids of Stranger Things to deal with when season 3 finally premieres in 2019, executive producer Shawn Levy promises there will also be some normalcy for the teens and maybe even some summer love. Speaking to EW on the red carpet prior to their panel at PaleyFest, Levy assured fans that season 3 won't disappoint:
“It’s very much the Stranger Things I think people know and love. It’s big and spooky. Season 3 has legitimately creepy moments and events, but it’s incredibly warm and character-based because at the end of the day, I think that’s what people love most about Stranger Things.”
Levy also told THR that there's going to be some teen romance to look forward to as well in the upcoming season:
"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."
That means that in addition to dealing with cloud monsters, Demogorgons, Demodogs, and who knows what other potential supernatural monsters, the young heroes of Stranger Things also be dealing with another "monster" altogether: teen hormones.
Levy didn't confirm when fans can expect season 3, only saying that “We are going back to work this month.” Still, fans of the hit show are happy to wait given the details they have so far. Levy's promise of more 'Dad Steve', the paternal side of character Steve Harrington (played by Joe Keery), has been met with a hugely positive reaction. Steve was one of the breakout stars of season 2 and producers seem anxious to capitalize on that 'Dad Steve magic'. Season 3 will also see the introduction of two new characters that are sure to become fan favorites. Maya Thurman Hawke will be joining the show in a leading role playing Robin. Robin is described by Netflix as an “alternative girl” who is bored of her job and who discovers some of Hawkins' many secrets. Scene stealer Priah Ferguson, who we first saw in season two as Erica, Lucas’ sister, has also signed on as a recurring cast member.
Set in 1985, season 3 will provide more of that nostalgia that helped earn the series so many fans. The show continues to give us a plethora of '80s pop culture references, which this season will include the movie Back to The Future. While we saw Winona Ryder's Joyce free her son Will (played by Noah Schapp) from the mental grasp of the cloud monster at the end of season 2, and the young cast enjoying normal life at the Snow Ball, the presence of the supersized Mind Flayer lurking over the school in the Upside-Down foreshadows that there's more creepiness and stranger things to come.
Stranger Things season 3 is expected to premiere on Netflix in 2019.