In a move that surprised no one, Netflix renewed the pop-culture hit “Stranger Things” this week. The popular series will return to Netflix for a third season, with the same crew, but the streaming service stopped short of announcing a release window at this time. While fans of the series are most likely itching to get back to Hawkins, Indiana, everyone will have to wait a few months (or a year) to get back into the Upside Down.
As for the cast, everyone is expected to return for the third season – which will most likely be titled “Stranger Things 3”. The main-cast expected to return are stars Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, David Harbour as Chief Jim Hopper, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Millie Bobby Brown as 11, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler, Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, Joe Keery as Steve Harrington, Dacre Montgomery as Billy, and Sadie Sink as Max. Smaller characters may appear in the new season as well, but we will have to wait for Netflix to confirm the new season before we know for sure.
The sci-fi thriller has been an absolute smash-hit for Netflix since it’s big debut earlier this year. Season 2 of the series became available on Netflix just before Halloween, raking in over 15.8M viewers in just the opening weekend alone. The series has also been an award nomination machine, and a big hit at the 2017 Emmy Awards. The show picked-up 18 Emmy nominations in 2017, and won 5 total. Fans will have to wait a few more months before getting a release date for season 3, but Netflix will most likely tease the hell out of the third-season before making the date official. The season 2 debut was such a hit this year, it stands to reason that Netflix will want to repeat its success, so a Halloween-themed release date is still the most likely scenario at this point.
The show is executive produced by Matt and Ross Duffer.