Executive producer Shawn Levy reveals new details about Netflix's supernatural hit.
"Stranger Things" Season 3 may not be coming back until 2019, but the show’s panel Sunday night at PaleyFest revealed many secrets about what's to come in the upcoming season.
All of the inside scoop came from executive producer Shawn Levy, who shared details to The Hollywood Reporter on the carpet, in addition to throwing out some teases.
The majority of the cast was also in attendance, including Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), and Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Sadie Sink (Max), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan), Natalie Dyer (Nancy), Winona Ryder (Joyce), and David Harbour (Chief Hopper) were at the panel. Sean Astin also made a surprise appearance, despite his character's fate. Unfortunately, the rest of the club, Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Noah Schnapp (Will), Gaten Mataraazo (Dustin) and Joe Keery (Steve) didn’t make an appearance.
Although the whole cast wasn't there, the stars that were still dished plenty of intel on the new season. Here's everything we know, so far.
There Will Be A Time Jump
The third season will take place one year later, during the summer of 1985, said executive producer Levy. Season 2 also took place one year after the events of the first season, kicking off around Halloween. This time, however, the action will unfold in the summer time.
Love Will Be In The Air
Levy also revealed that Eleven and Mike, as well as Lucas and Max will officially be couples at the beginning of the season. None of the cast has received scripts yet, so Brown heard the news Eleven would be in a relationship on the carpet.
"Mike and Eleven and are going strong, so that's a relationship that continues, and same with Mad Max and Lucas," Levy 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."
'Dad Steve' Will Have A Bigger Role
The fans asked and the writers answered. Not only did Levy say Steve will have a bigger role in the third season, but it sounds like he'll be tasked with more babysitting.
"I'll just say we won't be abandoning the Dad Steve magic," Levy explained. "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."
'Back To The Future' Will Be Referenced
The 1985 classic film "Back To The Future" will be one of the many pop-culture Easter eggs scattered within the new season. "Stranger Things" is loaded with nostalgic nods to the era it takes place in. Although some references are harder to spot for the untrained (or young) mind, many are obvious, like the boys' obsession with Dungeons & Dragons. Other '80s references in the Netflix hit have included “Alien” movies, “Cujo”, “Dig Dug”, “Dragon’s Lair”, “ET”, “Gremlins”, and of course “Ghostbusters”.
There Will Be Some New Faces
Levy also revealed that the show has recruited two new recurring characters, that of Lucas’ sister Erica (Priah Ferguson) and a new character, Robin, who will be played by Maya Thurman-Hawke. Erica, a fan favorite from Season 2, will have a larger role in Season 3. Robin, on the other hand, will be playing a young woman who is unsatisfied and bored at her job until she learns about Hawkins' dark secrets. Production on the "Stranger Things" reportedly starts this month, but a release date has yet to be announced.
Season 3 Will Be Shorter Than Season 2
Boo! Or cool, depending on your point of view.
According to Digital Trends, Season 3 will be veering back to its original eight episode format like in Season 1. While others are frustrated by one episode getting an axe, others believe Season 2 was just one episode too long.
Will Finally Gets A Break
To say that Will Byers has had a rough couple of years would be an understatement. After being trapped in Upside Down in Season 1 and being possessed by the Mind Flayer in Season 2, poor Will deserves a break. It seems that Levy agrees.
In an interview with Glamour, the executive producer explained, "We’re going to give Will a break. 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."