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Don’t Expect “Stranger Things 3” Until 2019

Don’t Expect “Stranger Things 3” Until 2019

After Netflix’s surprise success of “Stranger Things” in July of 2016, they were already teasing a return to the Upside Down by January. It took a little over a year for “Stranger Things 2” to premiere, with Netflix streaming the Halloween-themed second season this past October. It felt as if this could become an annual event, but realistically it seemed improbable that “Stranger Things 3” would find its way onto Netflix by October of 2018.

David Harbour, who plays Jim Hopper on the series, confirms that we’ll be waiting until at least 2019 for the return of the Demogorgons. He explained to Variety that the show’s creators, the Duffer brothers, need time to work out the scripts.

“I mean, one of the things that’s annoying for fans is that it takes us a long time to do them,” he said. “Like, you probably won’t get [Season 3] until sometime in 2019. But also part of the thing is, like any good thing, they need time. And those guys work so hard. I mean, they just sit in their apartment and write for 12, 14 hours a day.”

There’s a slight rush in that these kids are growing up quickly, and the Duffer brothers have already confirmed they plan to have a few years pass between the events in Season 2 and the forthcoming Season 3.

It’ll be interesting to see how a newly rejuvenated Eleven is utilized, and if Will continues to be a conduit to the Upside Down and it’s horrifying, Lovecraftian Shadow Monster. We’ve got plenty of time to speculate, which is fine with me because it’ll allow me to revisit the first two season multiple times before we all return to Hawkins, Indiana.



  • pablitonizer

    if they’re smart enough they’ll shoot season 3 & 4 together since kids are growing up and losing their charm…

  • Grimphantom

    They do realize from the reviews that the story of the 2nd season need some work, especially episode 7. I don’t mind the wait but dang it, make it good! Not repeat the same thing you did from the first season or do something similar to other movies like Aliens which it didn’t work, This is a reason why season 2 didn’t achieve the same level of hype as Gravity Falls season 2.

    • The One and Only

      Season Two was excellent. The overly maligned Episode 7 had some issues behind the scenes with Netflix insisting on going with diversity by casting the actress they did for “The Lost Sister” episode, and having a woman director helming it who wasn’t part of the regular crew. Hence why it stuck out to some more than others.

      • DavidK

        I think ep7 caused a rethink of where season 3 was headed after lost sister was poorly received.
        I think they intended to take season 3 outside of Hawkins, but this may now have been scraped…. As such forcing them to restart the writing from scratch.
        It may very well be the reason for the delay.

  • Khy

    I loved Season 2 better than the first but I definitely think this hiatus is good. Not only does it give the writers a huge space to figure out exactly what they want to do for season 3 and where they want to take the characters- but they can also examine the feedback to improve. I actually don’t mind the actors aging and the characters being aged up to match- it’ll be interesting to see Will, Mike, Lucas, Max, and Jane all entering high school and open the series up to new horizons. I really don’t want a rehash of season 1. I know people want the show to stay the same but I want even more growth and development- I like going down new paths.

    This also gives the actors some time to breathe a little and go out and do other projects in the meantime. Good for them.

  • Dennis Giles

    Not lose any sleep over that’s for sure !!!

  • TheGuy

    I’d like to see more time spent in the upside down. Exploring that world, and possibly having actual communication with the creature in the upside down, instead of using Will as a conduit.

  • Gross Angeles

    Personally, I would rather wait another year and have them weave some more depth and details into multiple storylines with some real triumphs, pay-offs, peaks and valleys along the way. Season 2, whilst still rife with nostalgic goodness, did seem to take a long time to go a short distance in terms of plot goals. Almost like the Duffers had a couple of good-uns they had to then stretch to last the distance of the entire season.
    There’s no doubt about it. Stranger Things is pure retro-tastic gold. So I’m content in waiting, suffering a mid-season break or whatever it takes.

    / Nathan @grossangeles:disqus

  • João Cláudio Campos

    We’ve got Godzilla 2, The Lion King, Avengers 4, Spider-Man homecoming 2 and now this?! Man 2019 is gonna be big!

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