When Stranger Things debuted in 2016, no one expected it to become the powerhouse entertainment it is today. Not only is the show fun, nostalgic, and unique with its storytelling, it’s also launched several of its stars into stardom. Stranger Things is also responsible for reviving Winona Ryder’s career.

Since its first season, Stranger Things has taken the world by storm, and fans eagerly await each new episode. With the first and second seasons in the bag, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming third season.

Stranger Things Season 3 Release Date

The first season of Stranger Things aired in July 2016, and the second season aired in October 2017. However, the third season isn’t expected to air until summer 2019. This will also be the longest break between seasons so far.

Unfortunately, filming for the third season did not start as early as previous seasons, which in turn affected the expected release date, although an exact date has yet to be given.

Given the success of the show, the budget for the third season is also higher than previous seasons; this will allow for bigger special effects in the upcoming season which will require more work and time during post-production, also influencing the release date.

Cast Of Third Season

The cast of Stranger Things are now more famous than ever and are appearing in more and more Hollywood projects, with many fans dreading having to say goodbye to one or two of their favorite characters. However, it can be confirmed here that all the main cast will return for the third season.

Winona Ryder will reprise her role as Joyce Byers, David Harbor as Jim Hopper, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield, and fan favorite Joe Keery as Steve Harrington.

Unfortunately, fans who expected the miraculous return of fan favorites – Bob Newby and Barb Holland will be seriously disappointed.

However, new characters will be added this season, including a new character named “Robin” who will be played by upcoming actress, Maya Hawke – daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke. Another cast member to join the show is Cary Elwes, an iconic American actor who is best known for his role in The Princess Bride. Cary Elwes will play the mayor of Hawkins where the show is set.

Stranger Things theories, news and rumors

With any show that has a high level of fan engagement and emotional investment, always expect an abundance of theories, news, and rumors surrounding it. Notable examples include Game of Thrones and Westworld.

For Stranger Things, here are a few things to look forward to in the new season. This will be the first season of the show taking place in the summer, so the look and feel of the show will be noticeably different. The new season will also explore the backstory of several characters, especially Sheriff Hopper, played by David Harbour, especially to learn more about the story of his late daughter.

The third season is rumored to explore a possible romantic plot for Sheriff Hopper and Joyce Byers, the two adults leading the series. This particular piece of information thrilled fans who had been hoping for years that the two would reunite. Speaking of fan-favorite pairings, the next season of Stranger Things will rely on Joe Keery as Dustin Henderson’s mentor – the surprise pairing of the two characters was one of the highlights of the previous season.

The show’s third season is expected to be “scarier” than the first two seasons, but it will also explore new elements like young love as the relationships between the young characters blossom. We can also expect the return of the Shadow Monster and the introduction of a host of new monsters.

True ’80s fans will be thrilled to hear that the next season of Stranger Things will take inspiration from the Back to the Future franchise.

All in all, the third season of Stranger Things set to arrive in the summer of 2019 should be thrilling and even more fun and delightful than previous seasons.