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Stranger Things 3: What We Know So Far

Fans are already counting down the days until July 4, 2019, after the Netflix series announced it as the Season 3 premiere date. Last month, Netflix revealed the titles of each episode in the upcoming season.

Netflix has announced that the third season of "Stranger Things" will premiere on July 4.

The trailer for season 3 has been released.

It features footage from Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve from 1985, as well as a commercial for the Starcourt Shopping Mall and a computer screen forewarning something called "Program SilverCatFeeds".

Japan got a different version of the trailer - which was just as cryptic and dark

Netflix previously teased fans with the nine episode names for the new season: "Suzie, Do You Copy?," "The Mall Rats," "The Case of the Missing Lifeguard," "The Sauna Test," "The Source," "The Birthday," "The Bite" and "The Battle of Starcourt".

A poster for the season also debuted on Twitter, bringing us up to date with what’s going on in the lives of our favorite Hawkins residents. Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Mike (Finn Wolfhard) seem like they’re still going strong, holding each other’s hands as Independence Day fireworks explode in the distance. 


Netflix has been teasing the new season for months.


In July of 2018, the streaming service put out a trailer that featured a faux advertisement for Starcourt Mall, which appears to be the center of serious action.


In March, executive producer Shawn Levy gave attendees at the PaleyFest television festival some scoop on what would be going down in season 3.

According to the The Hollywood Reporter, Levy shared that Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown; Mike, played by Finn Wolfhard; Lucas, played by Caleb McLaughlin; and Max, played by Sadie Sink, would be all be enjoying coupledom.

“Mike and Eleven and are going strong, so that’s a relationship that continues, and same with Mad Max and Lucas,” Levy reportedly said. “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.”

For the previous two seasons, Netflix posted all the new episodes at once, making the show yet another poster child for binge-watching. We expect the same all-at-once episode dump again, though we don't have confirmation.


In October 2018 a casting notice looked for extras with military and police experience to film with the show in Atlanta. Both men and women, aged 18-50, of any ethnicity, are needed. Hmm, what Stranger Things plot could call for a large military or police presence? Could Chief Hopper be calling in a larger force to help control the supernatural side of Hawkins?

In September 2018, casting notices were posted seeking people with marching-band experience to appear in a Stranger Things episode. As with the police/military casting notice above, there isn't a ton of info to go with this news: Will it be a school band? A community group? Are they to appear in a parade? And, of course, we don't know if any of the main cast members will be part of the band, which would seem to mean it could play a larger role in an episode, or if the band is just background noise.

Celeb site Just Jared published a photo of Millie Bobby Brown filming what appears to be a pretty dramatic scene at the beach in Malibu, California. Stranger Things, of course, is set in landlocked Indiana, so maybe the Pacific Ocean is standing in for an Indiana lake or river. Or perhaps Eleven is taking a West Coast trip in the new season. About a week later, more snaps of the cast taken in Georgia were revealed, this time, featuring most of Eleven's friends, but she wasn't seen. It's unclear what scene the kids were filming, and most of them were wrapped in robes, either to keep warm or to hide whatever they were wearing. 

Viewers have already met Eleven's mom, troubled Terry Ives, but a new young-adult novel coming out in February 2019 will dig into her mother's past even more. Entertainment Weekly published an excerpt from Gwenda Bond's book, called Suspicious Minds, and it follows Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine on the show) as he tries to assemble a group of young test subjects, presumably including Terry. Five-year-old Eight, who Eleven meets when she's quite a bit older, also appears.

The romantic duos of Eleven/Mike and Max/Lucas are still together in season 3, but for how long? "They're like 13- or 14-year-old kids, so what does romance mean at that stage of life?" executive producer Shawn Levy said.  But in July 2018, Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike, noted that the show will be set in the summer of 1985, and called it "the summer of love." Wolfhard wasn't around for the first summer of love in 1967, and he wasn't born until after the summer of 1985. But his quote seems to hint that love and relationships will be a part of season 3, for good or for ill.

Not everyone's romance will be all hearts and flowers, though. David Harbour, who plays police chief Jim Hopper, said his character will "take more risks with these new languages of intimacy and vulnerability," but is "going to flail and be horrible at it." 

Also in summer 2018, Harbour told the Tampa Bay Comic-Con audience that he knows how he'd like his character to bow out. "I would like to take a bullet for Eleven," he said. And when fans cheered the selfless response, he replied, "Now you're all happy about me dying!" No fears, though. I think Hopper will stick around until the show's eventual end. We'll have to wait and see whether he lives happily ever after (with Joyce?) or heroically exchanges his life for Eleven's.

Finn Wolfhard appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in August 2018 and hinted at some new additions. "We're in the middle of (filming the season)," Wolfhard said. "We got some new cast members, some incredible people." But that was about all he would spill, and Fallon quickly changed the subject to joke about how he should appear on the show as a "weird uncle or something." New characters are no surprise, and if they play major roles, as Max and Billy did in season 2, surely details will leak out soon.

The first season started with the main boys playing Dungeons & Dragons, which certainly helped endear the show to all of us nerds out there. Expect more of the fantasy role-playing game in season 3.  As Comicbook.com pointed out, artist Jared Flaming shared on Instagram in April that he's teaching the show's prop master about the game.

Older teen character Steve Harrington (Joe Keery), who turned out to be a big brother figure for Dustin in season 2, will keep up that role. "I'll just say we won't be abandoning the Dad-Steve magic," Levy told THR.

Ghostbusters was an important theme in season 2, and Michael J. Fox's 1985 movie Back to the Future will be a key element this season.

Back to the Future isn't the only 1980s movie that will play a role. David Harbour told Variety that Chevy Chase's 1985 action comedy Fletch will also inspire season 3. "Fletch is one movie we get to play around and have some fun with this season, which you wouldn't expect from Stranger Things. and you wouldn't expect from the Spielberg universe and you certainly wouldn't expect from a darker season," he said.

Harbour also told Variety that he hopes the show investigates his character's history as both a New York cop and a Vietnam vet. "I'm curious as to how his tours in Vietnam might have shaped him to be who he is and if some of that stuff doesn't still linger or haunt him in various ways," Harbour said.

Lucas' lively younger sister Erica (Priah Ferguson) will have an expanded role this season, and deservedly so. "There will definitely be more Erica in season 3," show co-creator Ross Duffer told Yahoo Entertainment. "'We got to use more Erica' -- that was one of the first things we said in the writers' room."


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