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'Stranger Things' Is Officially Coming Back for a Third Season

It looks like the Mind Flayer hasn't given up on Hawkins yet.

by River Donaghey
Dec 1 2017, 7:41pm

Photo courtesy of Netflix.

Netflix surprised basically no one Friday with the announcement that Stranger Things—its flagship show about kids, 80s nostalgia, and the horrors of the Department of Energy—will be coming back for a third season.

Stranger Things quickly became one of the streaming service's most beloved shows after the first season dropped in 2016, and the success of season two proved that the show's initial popularity wasn't a fluke. Plus, the second season's whole "there are more superkids out there" arc all but promised another season. Now, it's official.

Netflix apparently assumed everyone already expected season three, because it didn't really put much effort or fanfare into the announcement. There was no fancy press release or cryptic teaser trailer to announce the new season this time around, just a tossed-off tweet saying, "hold tight baby darts — season 3 is officially coming."

The tweet didn't contain any details about when the new season will go into production, but we likely won't see any new episodes until at least the latter half of 2018, since Netflix will have to squeeze in filming in-between the young cast's other gigs as musicians and hosts of teen driving PSAs.

Netflix also didn't reveal anything about the new season's plot or how the Mind Flayer will creatively torture Will Byers this time around, but it looks like there will be another gap in time between the season two finale and the events of season three.

"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 three," the show's co-creator Matt Duffer told Hollywood Reporter recently. "It provides certain challenges. You can't start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump."

If season three makes another year-long leap forward, it'll take place in 1985—so get ready to see Eleven wash down her Eggos with a New Coke or whatever.