The moment the ending credits of Stranger Things Season 2 began to play, audiences were scrambling for information about a Season 3 of Stranger Things. When is the show coming back? It is coming back, right? How many episodes will there be? How many more seasons will there be? Will there be a new villain? The Demogorgan isn’t finished with Eleven, is it? Will there be another heart-crushing death? Is everyone okay? Are you? Am I?
More information is leaking out about the upcoming season (yes, there will be another season) by the day, and while remarkably little has been revealed about the plot of Season 3, there is still a wealth of information surrounding the Upside Down ’80s show’s future. For instance, Movie Fone reported today that Season 3 *may* be Matt and Ross Duffer’s, the showrunner and creators of the series, last. At least, according to a source “with knowledge of the production.”
Movie Fone states, “Should this come to pass, the third season will be the last to feature the Duffers in the same active capacity as in previous seasons. Meaning they will likely oversee the writers room and contribute scripts while directing at least the Season 3 premiere and finale.”
Why is this happening? Well, according to the source, the Duffer brothers agreed to at least two more projects with Netflix, so that means moving away from Stranger Things. Maybe. This hasn’t been confirmed yet, nor does it mean the third season may be Stranger Things’ last — it could always live on under a new showrunner. (Update: Netflix just tweeted that these rumors about the Duffer bros. are false! Phewf.)
But before we freak out about *anything*, here’s everything you need to know (okay, everything you can ostensibly know at this point) about Season 3 of Stranger Things.
1. There will be a time jump for Season 3.
This is in part because the actors are aging quickly, as teenagers are wont to do.
“They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season 3,” Matt Duffer told The Hollywood Reporter. “It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after Season 2 ended. It forces you to do a time jump. But what I like is that it makes you evolve the show. It forces the show to evolve and change, because the kids are changing.”
2. Expect new “forces of evil.”
Executive producer Shawn Levy confirmed that Season 3 will be “dealing with forces of evil that are new.”
3. There will be a measly eight episodes.
Earlier this month, it was confirmed that Season 3 will have eight episodes, in line with the first season.
4. Season 3 will be more character-driven.
“It’s not necessarily going to be bigger in scale,” Matt Duffer told Indiewire. “What I am really excited about is giving these characters an interesting journey to go on.” The Duffers also describe Season 3 as “something almost weirdly more intimate.”
5. Poor Will is finally getting a break.
“We’re going to give Will a break,” Shawn Levy told Glamour. “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.”
Pour one out for Will, you guys.
6. The Dustin & Steve bromance continues!
Levy promises that we will “get some Steve/Dustin action,” which is honestly all we’ve ever wanted in this life.
7. People you love will die.
I tried typing that in a less melodramatic way, but “more characters will meet their unfortunate demises” somehow seemed euphemistic. This way, delivered like the plain-spoken gym coach in Mean Girls (“You will get pregnant…and die”) is at least preparing you for devastation.
8. It likely won’t be airing until 2019.
Take us back to Hawkins High.