Stranger Things season three – Netflix release date, cast, trailer and episode titles
STRANGER Things returns for a third series this week as eager fans check back in with Eleven and the gang who will face more strange and eerie occurrences in the small midwestern town of Hawkins.
Here's everything you need to know about the new season, who's in the cast and what will happen next…
When is Stranger Things season three out on Netflix?
Netflix confirmed on Friday, December 1, 2017, that there would be a Stranger Things season three.
The new season will debut on Thursday July 4, 2019 with eight new episodes.
Netflix has been getting fans excited by releasing a number of teaser images and clips from the new season and the cast was also spotted filming in Atlanta in June 2018.
Who is in the cast of Stranger Things season three?
Season three is expected to see the return of the regular cast from season two…
- Eleven – Millie Bobby Brown
- Mike – Finn Wolfhard
- Dustin- Gaten Matarazzo
- Lucas – Caleb McLaughlin
- Will – Noah Schnapp
- Jonathan – Charlie Heaton
- Steve – Joe Keery
- Nancy – Natalia Dyer
- Max – Sadie Sink
- Billy – Dacre Montgomery
- Joyce – Winona Ryder
- Hopper – David Harbour
It has been revealed that the cast will all receive significant pay rises going into season three.
Millie Bobbie Brown will be the highest earner with rumours circulating that she might be getting paid as much as $350k per episode, meaning her salary matches that of Hollywood actress and cast-mate Winona Ryder.
What will happen in Stranger Things season three?
The Duffer brothers revealed to IndieWire that there will be a time jump which references to the 1985 film Back To The Future as the series focuses on the characters' journeys through adolescence.
It’s also been teased that Brenner is still alive, which would pose a fresh threat for Eleven, who was seen to be taking on her true name Jane and getting adopted by Hopper at the end of season two.
Will’s "exorcism" of The Mind Flayer’s influence on him involved the evil particles being expelled into the real world, so it is possible that the Upside Down could continue to have an influence on Hawkins.
Steve Harrington will also have a bigger role to play in the new season which will thrill fans who loved the development of his friendship with Dustin in particular.
Season three will see Mike and Eleven's romance continue after they kissed at the end of series two and are seen kissing again in new teaser images.
Is there a trailer for Stranger Things season 3?
A full length trailer for the new season confirms that the show will follow Eleven and the gang as they journey through life and its struggles as teenagers.
With the tagline, "One summer can change everything", the clip reveals that strange things are still happening in Hawkins and that a scary new threat could run their summer vacation.
One of the threats comes in the form of a scary new monster that fans are presuming has its origins in the horrific alternate world known as the Upside Down.
What are the episodes entitled?
- Chapter One: Suzie, Do You Copy?
- Chapter Two: The Mall Rats
- Chapter Three: The Case of the Missing Lifeguard
- Chapter Four: The Sauna Test
- Chapter Five: The Source
- Chapter Six: The Birthday
- Chapter Seven: The Bite
- Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt
What are critics saying about the new season of Stranger Things?
Critics have promised the new season is "more exciting and emotional than ever", vowing there's "more story left in the tank" as the series "builds upon its Steven Spielberg and Stephen King influences".
Slash Film's critic Chris Evangelista said the series "moves things forward at a thrilling pace. Stranger Things roars back more exciting and emotional than ever."
While Variety's Caroline Framke said it's better than season two by a long shot and teased: "The list of 'do not reveal' spoilers Netflix sent alongside advance episodes is as long as it is strategic, prohibiting me from so much as hinting at who (or what) the determined citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are up against this time."
She went on: "By the time the final credits roll on season three (plus a post-credits scene you won't want to miss), it's made much more of a case for itself than season two ever did simply by trying to be something different."
Michael Rougeau agreed in his Gamespot review and said: "It's safe to say that Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer have pulled it off: After a lacklustre sophomore slump, Stranger Things is back at the top of its game."
And he put Milly Bobby Brown front and centre, saying her character Eleven is "at the show's emotional core, embodying both vulnerability and power, but the actor shows off more sides of Eleven in season three – including a newly confident side influenced by Max.
"Their scenes together are some of the most fun in all of season three."
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