In a move that’s surprising to no one, Netflix has officially renewed Stranger Things for a third season. Unlike when the streaming service greenlit Season 2, no episode count or premiere date were announced for Season 3. I would assume it would be in the realm of 8 or 9 episodes similar to the first two.
While promoting Season 2, the Duffer Brothers hinted on what to expect for Season 3 which would involve a time jump. “Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” Matt Duffer told The Hollywood Reporter. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting Season 3… [so] it forces you to do a time jump.” They also teased a rematch between Mind Flyer and Eleven.
Like always, Netflix didn’t release actual viewership numbers but Nielsen estimated a total of 15.8 million people watched the first episode within the first three days of availability. That would put it on par with The Walking Dead’s Live+3 DVR numbers.
Returning for Season 3 are series regulars Winona Ryder (Joyce), David Harbour (Jim), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Noah Schnapp (Will), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Cara Buono (Karen), Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan), Joe Keery (Steve), Dacre Montgomery (Billy) and Sadie Sink (Max).
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