The first season of Stranger Things was one of 2016’s most talked-about shows, and there’s much more to come. Stranger Things 2 premiered in October to much acclaim, and now, producer Shawn Levy has hinted at what we can expect from Stranger Things 3.
Speaking to Glamour, Levy suggested that the story emphasis might shift for the next season, with Will Byers no longer the center of the show’s supernatural scares. “We’re going to give Will a break,” he said. “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 the way we forced the amazing Noah Schnapp to play.”
Levy went on explain that the episode count for Season 3 would be “eight or nine.” He stated: “The number of episodes will be dictated by the amount of story that excites us. We now know what is going to happen in Season 3 to every character.” He also teased that the characters would be “dealing with forces of evil that are new.”
Stranger Things‘ co-creator Ross Duffer had already mentioned that Season 3 would have to give viewers something different. In August, he discussed the ongoing series and admitted, “we have to keep adjusting the story. Though I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to [the kids] once a year.”
Stranger Things 3 was confirmed in December. Netflix renewed the series on the heels of Stranger Things 2’s debut just before Halloween, when it was watched by a third of the the streamer’s US subscribers. Although it currently has no confirmed release date, star David Harbour told Variety last month that fans “probably won’t get it until sometime in 2019.” In the meantime, click here to see GameSpot’s theories about Season 3.