Netflix’s beloved sci-fi series promises to be the best yet, as the latest trailer leaves fans in a frenzy…
As Stranger Things fans may have already predicted (because, y’know, duh), it’s not going to be a very happy Fourth of July for Eleven and the gang.
Earlier this year, Netflix announced that the new third season of the Duffer brothers’ horror show will drop on 4 July 2019.
“It’s really the final summer of their childhood,” Ross Duffer said of the season, via a new Stranger Things comic book. “They’re dealing with growing up, with these complicated new relationships. They’re starting to fall apart a little bit, and maybe they don’t love playing Dungeons & Dragons as much as they used to. Naturally, that’s going to generate conflict.”
“Cinematically, it’s our biggest season yet,” added executive producer and director Shawn Levy.
And, judging by the new trailer – set to The Who’s Teenage Wasteland, of course – it’s clear that this is absolutely the case.
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With all those big shoulders and giant scrunchies on display, it’s clear that the Duffer brothers have dialled up the nostalgia factor for this year’s instalment of Stranger Things – and that they’ve used the 1985 time-jump to explain why Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Max (Sadie Sink), Will (Noah Schnapp) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) have all begun to look so grown up.
As Mike puts it: “We’re not kids anymore. I mean, what did you think? We’re just gonna sit in my basement and play games for the rest of our lives?”
Growing up for these guys, though, doesn’t just mean swapping Dungeons & Dragons for trips to the mall. Instead, it demands that they contend with armed assassins (thin Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator, only scarier) and newer, fleshier, scarier critters from the Upside Down, too. Eep.
Thankfully, David Harbour’s Chief Jim Hopper, Natalia Dyer’s Nancy, Charlie Heaton’s Jonathan, and Joe Keery’s Steve With The Good Hair will all be on hand to help, not to mention Robin (Maya Thurman-Hawke), a new character who is set to uncover yet another “dark secret” in Hawkins. Also joining the cast are Cary Elwes who will play the “sleazy” Mayor Kline and Jake Busey who plays a “questionable journalist.” Francesca Reale was also cast to play a popular lifeguard to the community Hawkin’s pool.
And we imagine it will take the efforts of all of these guys, and more, if the rumours turn out to be true: could fan favourite Dustin be the villain that everyone needs to face down in this season, after all?
“I believe it was Shawn Levy who mentioned that with the kids growing up, it’s possible that they don’t like playing D&D as much as they used to,” noted one Reddit user. “This could prove especially true for Mike and Lucas since they are in relationships with El and Max respectively, but Dustin might not be ready to move on just yet…”
The episode titles for the series were revealed last year, and include the following: “Suzie, Do You Copy?,” “The Mall Rats,” “The Case of the Missing Lifeguard,” “The Sauna Test,” “The Source,” “The Birthday,” “The Bite,” and “The Battle of Starcourt.” Its logline reads “In the summer of 1985, the adventure continues.”
And, while titles like “The Source” might not ensue the craziest theories, we have to wonder if Eleven’s going to have an Ego waffle-themed birthday party in “The Birthday” or what terrifying glass-shattering fight is due to break out in “The Battle of Starcourt” (the trailer’s footage implies it’s going to be a humdinger).
As Matarazzo told the BBC: “Season three will be funnier but darker.”
A previous trailer that was released this past summer showcased Joe Kerry’s character, Steve Harrington, serving ice cream with newcomer to the cast Maya Hawke at Starcourt Mall. Stranger Things creators Ross and Matt Duffer also hinted that the mall featured in the teaser will play a major role in Season Three.
Netflix programming executive Cindy Holland spoke to the Television Critics Association saying: “The Duffer Brothers and Shawn Levy, they understand the stakes are high. They want to deliver something bigger and better than last year. I think it’s going to be a fantastic season. It will be worth the wait.”
Roll on the 4 July, already: we have a feeling this might just be the greatest Independence Day yet.