Note: this post contains SPOILERS for Stranger Things. Proceed at your own risk.
Raise your hands if you’re having a Stranger Things withdrawal.
If you’re still wiping off your tears over Bob’s demise, having mixed emotions about that episode, or just obsessing over Hopper’s dad bod dancing, chances are, you’re still not over one of the best shows of the year.
Like many others, you’re probably as excited for Season 3 as the whole world is. Although there hasn’t been an official plotline (give the Duffers a break, season 2 just aired), a lot of news and fan theories have been popping up lately. Here are the best ones.
For the sake of great storytelling and compelling scenes, let them take all the time they need!
“Even if we didn’t want to deal with [puberty], we have to deal with it because our real-life actors are going through it. I think that’s exciting because it forces the show to evolve and become something different every year,” they told Entertainment Weekly.
“It’s going to test their friendships. Obviously, like Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Max (Sadie Sink) are together, but really, when you’re that age, how long do relationships last? They usually last about two weeks if you’re lucky. I think that’s going to be fun to explore.”
Rumors of a spin-off show have been plaguing Stranger Things for a while too. “The Lost Sister” was thought to be a backdoor episode for a spin-off series featuring Kali and the other telekinetic experiments of Hawkins Lab.
This rumor, however, has been shut down by actress Linnea Berthelsen who plays Kali on the show. Speaking to NMe, she said, “I don’t think so. I love the rest of the gang, I think it would be so much fun to see more of them, but I honestly don’t think so.”
Another star on the rise is Finn Wolfhard, who plays Eleven’s love interest, Mike Wheeler. Wolfhard is fresh off the success of It: Chapter 1 and has signed on to do the sequel. He also has two feature films in the works and a budding music career with his band, Calipurnia.
Other cast members that have huge projects on the pipeline is Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), who’ll be starring in The New Mutants, and David Harbour, who is set to play the character of Hellboy in the upcoming reboot.
Will these schedule conflicts force these actors’ characters to leave the Stranger Things universe for good? Well, there aren’t any answers for now, but according to fan theories online, Heaton’s and Wolfhard’s characters could end up biting the dust in the seasons to come.
Some unexpected fan favorites could be getting top billing soon too. Ericah, Lucas’s sister, was played fantastically by child actress Priah Ferguson. The Duffer brothers confirmed that the feisty young girl will certainly be back for the next season.
“I love Erica,” Matt Duffer told Yahoo. “Erica wasn’t even supposed to be in [Season 2] as much as she was. We fell in love with this girl.”
Ross echoed this statement. “There will definitely be more Erica in Season 3,” he shared. “That is the fun thing about the show—you discover stuff as you’re filming. We were able to integrate more of her in, but not as much you want because the story [was] already going. ‘We got to use more Erica’—that was one of the first things we said in the writers’ room.”
Atlanta Filming, a Twitter account for all the latest productions filming in the area, confirmed that Stranger Things 3 will begin production soon. In fact, it was reported that Finn Wolfhard had already begun shooting his scenes to fit the schedule of his other commitments.
Other than this, the producers have remained tight-lipped on other plans for season 3. The only thing that is sure right now is that the writers have begun with the early stages of the script. Matt Duffer told E! News, “I’m scared if I say anything because even this early on things change so dramatically. We know where we want to go, but we’re trying to figure out still how long it will take to get there.”
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