It’s official: “Stranger Things” will be returning for a third season, with Netflix announcing another trip to the Upside Down via Hawkins, Indiana.
Given the rave reviews and over-the-top buzz, this is perhaps the year’s least-surprising television announcement, but the streaming service made it official via Twitter after answering the question it posed: “Should we make another season of Stranger Things?”
While Netflix, unlike broadcast networks, does not publicly reveal its viewership data, The Hollywood Reporter notes that Nielsen measured 15.8 million viewers who watched the second-season premiere within three days of its launch, while 361,000 Netflix subscribers binged on all nine episodes within 24 hours of its debut.
In addition, data company Parrot Analytics declares “Stranger Things 2” to be the most popular show in America, beating out “The Walking Dead”, “Game of Thrones”. “Star Trek: Discovery” and more.
While “Stranger Things” creators/showrunners the Duffer Brothers are keeping mum on the third season’s storyline, they confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that there will be time jump separating the second and third seasons.
“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” Matt Duffer told THR. “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. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two 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. Even if we wanted it to be static and we wanted to continually recycle the same storyline — and we don’t — we would be unable to, just because the kids are changing. It’s cool, though. The audience is going to be able to watch these kids come of age every year.”
Added Duffer: “The closest example is ‘Harry Potter’. Watching those kids and actors grow up in front of the camera was, to me, very powerful. I mean, I wasn’t a kid when I experienced that, and I can only imagine if you were a kid and you were their age, it would have been even more powerful. That’s what I’m excited about. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”
No premiere date has yet been set for “Stranger Things 3”.