'Stranger Things' producer drops some juicy new information about season 3
Netflix's hit show "Hey, Remember The 80's?" also known as "Stranger Things" is scheduled to return for season 3 in late 2018 or early 2019. I know that's a long way off. Just think of it as more time to perfect your hair with Farrah Fawcett spray and decorate your house with hundreds of scribbled drawings that form a perfect map of your town.
The cast has been busy enjoying their success, making adorable appearances on talk shows, ducking crazed fans stalking them outside their hotels, dating YouTubers of questionable quality and walking the red carpet at The Golden Globes and SAG Awards. Charlie Heaton was deported after getting busted with cocaine at the airport. Everybody's having fun!
But while the season hasn't started shooting yet, it's much farther along than you realize. In an interview with Glamour, producer Shawn Levy revealed that he and the Duffer Brothers have already planned out all the storylines. "It’ll be an eight or nine episode season," said Levy. "The number of episodes will be dictated by the amount of story that excites us. We now know what is going to happen in season three to every character." (Don't worry, no major spoilers here, just juicy information.)
Levy said that season 3 will focus entirely on those wacky punk rock gang members in Chicago. Just kidding. (I actually liked that Season 2 episode and thought it was a fun break from the tension in the main story, but I guess I'm in the minority.) Actually, Levy said that Will Byers won't spend a third season in a row being possessed and tortured. "We’re going to give Will a break," said Levy “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." (That's also good news for Will's perpetually stressed out mom, played by Winona Ryder.)
But the Shadow Monster aka Mind-Flayer is still alive in the Upside Down, threatening to go Carrie White on their school dances. So, will that thing come back and go after a different character? "You might assume that," replied Levy, "but you would probably end up being wrong. We’re [going to be] dealing with forces of evil that are new." Like Barb, coming back as a zombie, to kill everyone who wouldn't give her justice? I hope so.
Levy added that in the new season they plan to focus on more on Dustin and Steve's unlikely friendship. Their jock-meets-nerd bromance was one of the highlights of season 2, as Steve gave Dustin some much-needed dating advice (and a can of his secret hair spray.) "It was all very cute and there was a funny factor to it because it was unexpected," said Levy. "But now that it is expected, I want to see them connect more and be more familiar with each other...like they’re brothers." Dustin's father is gone and he doesn't have a brother, so perhaps Steve could play that role, as an older male figure to look up to. Or maybe Steve will go back to bullying and break some more of Jonathan's cameras. We'll have to wait and see.
Well, the first two seasons were great, so I'm sure season three will be worth the wait.