The massive Mind-Flayer may still be watching over Hawkins from the Upside Down, but it doesn’t seem like he’ll be returning as the central villain in the third season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,“ reportedly set to arrive in late 2018/early 2019.
According to Glamour, filming on Season 3 will begin in the Spring, and they got producer Shawn Levy to tease some details about the return of our favorite ’80s kids.
“If we could make it [return] faster, then we would,” Levy told the site. “But we’re going to make it well. We’re going to do it right. It’ll be an eight- or nine-episode season. 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.”
Levy also teased that Will won’t be the main target of whatever the villain might be this time around, while also noting that a new evil will be arriving in Hawkins.
“We’re going to give Will a break,” he told the outlet. “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. We’re [going to be] dealing with forces of evil that are new.”
In the same chat, Levy noted that he’s not yet sure if Paul Reiser’s Dr. Owens will be back for Season 3, while also noting that we’ll be getting more “Steve/Dustin action.”