More details about 'Stranger Things' season 3 are revealed

More details about 'Stranger Things' season 3 are revealed

Stranger Things has captivated the world, with its riveting storytelling, loving portrayal of 80's pop culture and charismatic cast of kids. Millie Bobby Brown, in particular, gives an awesome performance as Eleven, the telekinetic badass with an abiding love of Eggo waffles. (Also, you gotta love that theme song.)

The Netflix series is preparing for its third season, and we've already heard some details. For example, Will Byers won't spend a third season in a row being tortured. Great news for him and his  stressed-out mom! Then fans discovered casting calls for three new characters: the slick, narcissistic Mayor; a sexist, overweight reporter; and a sweet old lady who lives next door. (Who wants to take bet she's a Demogorgon in a dress?) Sounds like great additions. I mean, who didn't love Max, Bob and Dr. Owens in season 2? (Poor Bob.)

At the television festival Paleyfest, the cast and creatives of Stranger Things gathered for a panel. In between shrieks from the audience, they answered questions and revealed even more details about the third season. Executive producer Shawn Levy said it will take place one year after the second season, during the summer of 1985. And you know what means: The classic sci-fi film Back To The Future will be referenced. (That's heavy, Doc.) Also, it's shaping up to be a summer of awkward romance, since the season will begin with two couples: Mike and Eleven, and Lucas and Max.

"Mike and Eleven and are going strong, so that's a relationship that continues," said Levy. "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."

And get ready to see more of "Dad Steve." One of the best parts of season two was the surprising bond between extroverted jock Steve and introverted geek Dustin. With Dustin missing a father figure, Steve stepped in to give some much-needed hairstyling tips. "We won't be abandoning the Dad Steve magic," said Levy. "I don't want to say much more, but I literally feel that we were walking along and we stumbled onto a gold mine with Dad Steve."

On stage, the cast talked about how different it was filming season two, after the first one was such a hit. Millie said there was "double the security," because fans would camp outside shooting locations. She also said that she bonded with new cast member Sadie Sink, who plays Max. "I was like 'I love her, also, another girl'" said Millie, joking she could finally "not talk about video games for a while." And in a sweet moment, David Harbour, who plays Jim Hopper, said he thinks of Millie as his own daughter. "I don't have a child," said the actor. "All of my experiences of love have either been romantic, or my parents, or a dog."

Well, hopefully this will tide you over until season 3 is released, or the Mind Flayer destroys us all. Whichever comes first.

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