Stranger Things (season 3)

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Stranger Things (season 3)
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The third season of the American science fiction-horror web television series Stranger Things, titled onscreen as Stranger Things 3, will premiere exclusively via Netflix's web streaming service on July 4, 2019. The series was created by the Duffer Brothers, who are also executive producers along with Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen and Iain Paterson.

The third season stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Dacre Montgomery, Cara Buono, and Maya Hawke. Cary Elwes, Jake Busey, Francesca Reale, and Priah Ferguson also appear in recurring roles.[1][2][3]

Premise[edit]

It’s 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer's heating up. School’s out, there’s a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood. Romance blossoms and complicates the group’s dynamic, and they’ll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart. Meanwhile, danger looms. When the town’s threatened by enemies old and new, Eleven and her friends are reminded that evil never ends; it evolves. Now they’ll have to band together to survive, and remember that friendship is always stronger than fear.

— Netflix[4]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guests[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [8]Directed byWritten byOriginal release date [9]
181"Suzie, Do You Copy?"The Duffer Brothers[10]The Duffer Brothers[11]July 4, 2019 (2019-07-04)
192"The Mall Rats"The Duffer Brothers[10]TBAJuly 4, 2019 (2019-07-04)
203"The Case of the Missing Lifeguard"Shawn Levy[10]TBAJuly 4, 2019 (2019-07-04)
214"The Sauna Test"Shawn Levy[10]TBAJuly 4, 2019 (2019-07-04)
225"The Source"Uta Briesewitz[12]TBAJuly 4, 2019 (2019-07-04)
236"The Birthday"Uta Briesewitz[13]TBAJuly 4, 2019 (2019-07-04)
247"The Bite"TBATBAJuly 4, 2019 (2019-07-04)
258"The Battle of Starcourt"TBATBAJuly 4, 2019 (2019-07-04)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Levy noted in November 2016 that he and the Duffer Brothers had already begun planning a potential third season, saying, "We are not gonna be caught off guard and we don't wanna be making stuff up like the day before we have to write it and make it, so we are definitely optimistic and we have started thinking ahead."[14] The Duffer Brothers anticipate having about four to five seasons to work with, but do want to "have a really finite ending" while the series is still at a height of success, according to Matt, rather than letting it draw out indefinitely.[15] In August 2017, the Duffer Brothers confirmed there would be a third season, with the likelihood of one more season following that, with Ross saying, "We're thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out".[16] However, executive producer Shawn Levy later suggested that either four or five total seasons were possibilities, claiming that "the truth is we're definitely going four seasons and there's very much the possibility of a fifth. Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely."[17] Matt Duffer later commented that no official decision has been made, claiming that "It's hard, like four seems short, five seems long. So I don't know what to do."[18] In December 2017, Netflix officially confirmed that they have greenlit the third season,[19] consisting of eight episodes. Levy also confirmed that a fourth season was "definitely happening" and that there was potential for a fifth season.[10] A year later, the episode titles for season three were revealed, along with confirming the season would be named Stranger Things 3, similarly to the second season.[8]

Writing[edit]

Writing for the third season began before the second season's premiere, with a good portion being written in twelve-to-fourteen hours bouts by the series' creators.[20] It was reported that Netflix wanted both the third and fourth seasons to be written simultaneously as to facilitate a back-to-back production schedule, for the actors were aging faster than their on-screen characters, but both the Duffer Brothers and producer Shawn Levy optioned to focus only on the third season to ensure it was better-developed and more fleshed out.[21]

In terms of narrative, Levy said the season would be less about Will, saying, "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... We're [going to be] dealing with forces of evil that are new."[22] David Harbour has said that the third season also draws heavily from the film Fletch.[23] Both Levy and Natalia Dyer echo sentiments that this season's events will be more adult-oriented, with Dyer calling the season's narrative "...Bigger, darker, [and] scarier."[24]

Casting[edit]

The third season sees Ryder, Harbour, Wolfhard, Brown, Matarazzo, McLaughlin, Dyer, Heaton, Buono, Schnapp, Sink, Keery and Montgomery return.[25] In March 2018, it was announced that Priah Ferguson's character had been promoted to a recurring role, and that Maya Hawke has been cast as Robin, a new lead who's been described as an "alternative girl."[1] Hawke's character was later revealed to be Steve's co-worker at the Scoops Ahoy ice cream parlor in the newly-built Starcourt Mall.[26] Cary Elwes and Jake Busey's castings were announced in April 2018; Elwes was cast as Mayor Kline, a " classic ’80s politician – more concerned with his own image than with the people of the small town he governs," and Busey as Bruce, a shifty reporter who works at The Hawkins Post.[2] Francesca Reale was cast as Heather, a popular lifegaurd at the community pool.[3] As of September 2018, casting had still not been completed for the season, which at that point had been shooting for five months and was less than two months from completion. Carmen Cuba, the show's casting director, had attributed the slower-than-usual casting process to the heightened secrecy of the plot paired with certain roles' shifting characterizations and importance.[27]

For the third season, it was reported that the several of the cast members would be receiving pay raises. Ryder and Harbour were receiving an increase to $350,000 an episode from $150,000 and $80,000 respectively; Wolfhard, Matarazzo, McLaughlin, and Schnapp were receiving a pay increase to $200,000 an episodes and possibly around $250,000, a significant increase from the reported $20,000 they made in season one (later increased by $60,000); and Dyer, Heaton, and Keery would be receiving approximately $150,000 an episode. Brown's pay was not disclosed, but was estimated to be a bigger raise than her young counterparts. Some sources suggest she is at least making $250,000 and may be getting possibly between $300,000 and $350,000 per episode.[28][29][30]

Filming[edit]

Gwinnett Place Mall stood in for the fictional "Starcourt Mall" during third-season filming

Filming for the third season officially began on April 23, 2018.[30] Parts of filming in May 2018 were done at a re-dressed Gwinnett Place Mall near Duluth, Georgia to appear as the fictional "Starcourt Mall" in Hawkins, including recreating several 80s-era storefronts such as The Gap, Waldenbooks, and RadioShack within it.[31] On September 27, Millie Bobby Brown and Aimee Mullins, who play's Eleven's mom Terry, were spotted filming an emotional scene with stunt doubles and a child dressed in a baseball uniform at a beach in Malibu, California.[32] On October 4, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Sadie Sink, Noah Schnapp and Natalia Dyer were all spotted filming in Palmetto, Georgia without Brown.[33] The third season concluded filming on November 12, 2018.[34] Regarding the lengthy hiatus between the second and third seasons, Netflix programming executive Cindy Holland noted "[the Duffer Brothers and Shawn Levy] 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."[35]

Release[edit]

The third season consisting of eight episodes and will be released worldwide on July 4, 2019, via Netflix.[9]

Marketing[edit]

Promotion for the third season began with the first day of production, when Netflix released a video highlighting the cast as they met for the season's first table read.[36] On July 16, 2018, the first teaser trailer for the season was released. The teaser, which is the first to feature footage shot for the new season, is a "commercial" for the newly-built Starcourt Mall, one of the main settings for the season's events.[37][38][39] The "commercial" lists some of the stores found in the mall as well as restaurants in the "state-of-the-art" food court, and closes with Steve (Joe Keery) and Robin (Maya Hawke) saying "Ahoy!" during a short plug for one of the food court's establishments, an ice cream parlor called Scoops Ahoy.[37][38][39] On December 9, 2018, during an appearance at the 2018 Comic Con Experience at the São Paulo Expo in São Paulo, Brazil, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, and Caleb McLaughlin presented a new teaser which revealed the titles of the eight episodes in the new season.[40] Hours later, the teaser was released online across all of the official Stranger Things social media accounts.[41][42] On November 31, pedestrians in New York City's Times Square noticed a video playing on a loop advertising a special announcement "sponsored" by the Starcourt Mall.[43][44] According to the video, the announcement was slated to be aired on the fictional ABC network affiliate WIYZ.[43] At midnight EST, Netflix released a new teaser announcing the release date of the season to be July 4, 2019.[9][43][44] The teaser utilized footage from Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 1984, specifically the countdown to the New Year. As the countdown commenced, the video slowly turned upside down and became fuzzy, and Mike could be heard calling out for Eleven as the video cut in between different recordings of computers running MS-DOS.[44] The season's first poster, featuring a menacing creature slowly approaching the cast while they're enjoying Independence Day festivities, was released concurrently with the teaser.[9][43][44]

On March 19, 2019, the Stranger Things social media accounts posted a short clip of rats scurrying through a dilapidated industrial area with the caption "It's almost feeding time."[45] This turned out to be a prelude to the release of stills and the first official trailer the next day on March 20.[46][47] The trailer quickly became the most-watched video on Netflix's YouTube channel, amassing 22 million views in the week following its release.[48] On May 21, the first clip from the season was released in tandem with cast posters.[49][50] The clip, which features Billy flirting with Karen Wheeler at the local pool, includes notable references to the early-1980s comedy films Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Caddyshack.[49]


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