It’s been almost two years since Stranger Things 2 launched on Netflix. And if you’re like us, you’ve been counting down the days until July 4, when the third season finally becomes available for you to binge-watch to your heart’s content.
Season 2 ended with the kids happily (and nervously!) being kids at their first Snow Ball dance before the camera flips, revealing the Mind Flayer hovering over what looks like an abandoned Hawkins Middle School in the Upside Down. Now that the long-awaited new season is upon us, we’re dying to know what’s going to happen to Hawkins and our favorite residents. Is the Mind Flayer still a threat? Will the kids still hang out and play D&D in Mike’s basement now that there’s a totally radical new mall in town? Will #Jopper finally happen? And can we please get more of Dad Steve?
We all have our reasons to be excited about the upcoming season. But in case you need more convincing, take it from the cast of the series, who shares what makes Stranger Things 3 an exciting must-watch this July.
Finn Wolfhard (Mike)
“There is definitely way more horror, way more action, way more comedy. Everything that you’ve loved about Stranger Things, hyped up. We loved it and it was great to do the stuff that we weren’t allowed to do before. The show is kind of like growing up as we’re growing up.”
Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas)
“It’s fun, it is that eighties nostalgic thing again. In season three, you will be seeing the Star Court Mall.”
Noah Schnapp (Will)
“I think season three is gonna be so great, because it does a great job of bringing together the playfulness of season one, and the darkness of season two. The first two seasons were kind of extremes of one, and season three just brings it all together, and finds that perfect middle. People are gonna love season three and their minds will be blown!”
Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin)
“It’s just a really well written season. There’s a lot of new stuff to look forward to. There’s new villains, there’s bigger villains that we already know of. There’s a whole new threat. And there’s a lot of romancing with different characters. There’s new characters that are very well developed and well written that are gonna add a lot to the show. And it’s just nonstop action. Stranger Things 3 is gonna be awesome.”
Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven)
“More color, more life, more happiness. Season 1, it just hit off in Episode 1. Boom, Will goes missing. It’s all depressing from there. Season 2, it gets to Episode 2 and I immediately want to break the rules and it goes down from there. But this season, it’s still happy and mostly normal, which is cool and very different. I think we’re giving the fans what they want.”
Sadie Sink (Max)
“Fans are gonna love Stranger Things 3 because there’s a mall. It’s summer. It’s fun. Max and Lucas are together. Eleven and Mike are together. Eleven and Max are best friends. It’s really gory. It’s super scary. There’s a beach ball on a stick. So, it’s fun.”
Dacre Montgomery (Billy)
“It’s darker because the kids are getting older and the threat is getting heavier and nobody’s mucking around anymore. It’s not every-town Hawkins, Indiana. It’s Hawkins, Indiana, that we’ve come to know as being in a horrible state of affairs and there’s so many different plot points and each of them are written with heartfelt passion and emotion and humor.”
Natalia Dyer (Nancy)
“It’s the Summer of ’85 in Hawkins. There’s an open pool and a new mall, Nancy has a new job and uses some guns. Jancy is still a thing. I guess we don’t really, really know. It’s scarier, darker and gorier. Lots of crazy tentacle situations, and a lot of car stunts. Cool stunts that were a lot of fun to film. Great music and new characters who are amazing at being scary.”
Charlie Heaton (Jonathan)
“I think what the [Duffer] brothers have done really cleverly this year is they’ve switched the genre a little bit. It’s still eighties and it’s still in that eighties film world. So it’s familiar but it feels different. I would say it’s definitely darker, but at the same time to contrast that, I think it’s probably the funniest season that we’ve had. A bit gorier as well.”
Maya Hawke (Robin)
“I think that the fans will love that the drama is bigger, both in terms of the sci-fi action and also in terms of the emotional action and the personal relationships that are developing and growing. I think they’ll love the bad ass women, I think they’ll love the funny young boys, I think they’ll love the way that Hopper’s character evolves and changes. I think it’s definitely the funniest season, I think it’s the grossest season, I think it’s the most bad ass, but I also am in it. So, you know, I’m biased.”
David Harbour (Hopper)
“It’s amazing. It’s Hawkins in the summer, where there’s like barbecues and swimming pools and Billy’s got his shirt off a lot. Winona and I are constantly arguing. And Joe Keery’s in a boat outfit. There’s monsters. And there’s romance.”
Winona Ryder (Joyce)
“Anybody who knows me knows that I’m a huge fan of detective shows, so I really loved that in this season, Joyce becomes her own detective.”
Shawn Levy (producer, director)
“By the time we hit the end of episode eight, I can promise you it is such a harrowing moving emotional experience, I don’t think there’s going to be a dry eye on the part of anyone who’s watching Stranger Things 3.”
Matt and Ross Duffer (creators, producers, directors)
MD: “We want you to watch season three to experience the full range of emotions, you want people to laugh, you want people to cry, you want people to scream. We kind of treat it as a long form movie. And the great thing about that is I think we get to do all of that, you have elements of comedy and horror and drama, all of that in the show. So the hope is that we’re not leaning too heavily into any of those areas that you get a little bit of everything, like the best Spielberg or the best Stephen King. You experience every emotion possible.”
RD: “And I think that we also hope that as well as people might know these characters, they’re learning new things about them and seeing different shades of them. That so hopefully they’ll become even more and more attached to these characters at the end of the season. And I believe there are some twists and turns that people won’t see coming.”
Stranger Things 3 launches on Netflix on July 4.