It’s never too early to start anticipating the return of Stranger Things on Netflix. The series has been renewed for a third season and details about the continuation of the thriller series are starting to arrive.
What will it be about? When will it premiere? What about Barb? GameSpot has looked into all of those questions and more. Here is everything we know about Stranger Things Season 3 thus far.
When will it premiere?
While a release date for Season 3 has yet to be announced by Netflix, chances are it won’t be until 2019. As previously reported, production on the third season doesn’t begin until the middle of April.
When you factor in filming and post-production time, it’s unlikely the show would be ready to launch before the end of the year. Star David Harbour also alluded to a later arrival, telling Variety, “You probably won’t get [Season 3] until sometime in 2019.” If that’s the case, 2018 will be the first year with no new episodes of Stranger Things since its 2016 premiere.
How many episodes will there be?
As with the first, the third season will be comprised of eight episodes. While Season 2 upped the ante to nine installments, Episode 7 was widely criticized by critics. Perhaps eight episodes is the sweet spot for Stranger Things.
What will it be about?
Naturally, the Duffer brothers, who co-created the series, are keeping plot details under wraps. However, some details have leaked out.
For instance, executive producer Shawn Levy says that Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) will not be the Upside Down’s vessel in Season 3. “We’re going to give Will a break,” he explained to Glamour. “We’re not going to put Will through hell for a third season in a row. He’ll be dealing with stuff, but he won’t be at rock bottom the way we forced the amazing Noah Schnapp to play.”
After binging Season 2, GameSpot has plenty of theories about what the third season could be about. Possibilities range from yet another Dungeons & Dragons-inspired monster to the Shadow Monster permanently bringing the Upside Down into the real world.
What about Eleven’s sister?
While Season 2, Episode 7–“The Lost Sister”–may not have been the most beloved installment of Stranger Things, it did introduce a character that looks to play a much larger role in the future of the series. Kali (Linnea Berthelsen), otherwise known as Eight, is something of a long-lost sister to Eleven. Like the young girl, she has mental powers and could be a major force against the Upside Down, should she team with her sister.
While it hasn’t been confirmed that Kali would return for Season 3, the Duffers seem sure it’ll happen. “It feels weird to me that we wouldn’t solve [her] storyline,” Matt Duffer told The Hollywood Reporter. “I would say chances are very high she comes back.”
And what about Papa?
Another piece of Eleven’s bizarre family made an appearance in Season 2, as well. Though it was believed that he was killed in Season 1, Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine), otherwise known as Papa, appeared in the latest season in flashback form. However, Eleven was also told he’s not actually dead. While it could have simply been a distraction for the character, Levy confirms to Collider that Brenner is still out there somewhere.
Whether his return will happen in Season 3 remains to be seen, but it’s possible a new cast member might have spoiled the surprise. Amy Brenneman, who starred with Modine in the 1995 movie Bye Bye Love, tweeted a photo with the actor. “Many years ago I played Matthew Modine’s wife,” she captioned the photo. “I am lucky enough to be doing it again. Beautiful man, and my kids think I’m a badass because of [Stranger Things].”
That certainly seems to confirm that not only will Brenner be back, but viewers will meet his wife, as well.
Who’s definitely dead?
While there’s a lot of mystery surrounding Stranger Things, two deaths are set in stone. Both Barb (Shannon Purser) and Bob (Sean Astin) were killed by beings from the Upside Down, and there’s no real way to bring them back. The town of Hawkins will just have to move on without them.