Stranger Things fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Series producer and director Shawn Levy announced that filming has finally commenced on Season 3 of the hit Netflix series. In an interview with Collider’s Steve Weintraub, Levy announced that filming began on Monday April 23. In addition, Levy confirmed that the episode count would be dropped from 10 episodes to a total of eight episodes. According to Levy, series’ creators Matt and Ross Duffer had four working scripts ready for the start of filming.
To date, there is not much information available about the story direction for Season 3. Levy offered a few tidbits in his interview with Weintraub. At present, we know Season 3 will pick things up a year after the events of Season 2. This places Season 3’s story in the summer of 1985. Of course, die-hard 80’s fans will know that this is the same summer that Back to the Future was released. Not surprisingly then, Levy hinted that the iconic time-travel film would serve as a huge cultural reference point for Season 3. Ghostbusters similarly served a big reference point for Season 2.
Prior to this week’s news, the only available information about Season 3 had a been a few casting announcements. All the series regulars are returning for the next installment. Stranger Things has promoted Lucas’ sister Erica, played by Priah Ferguson, to series regular. Ferguson shone in her brief moments from Season 2. In addition, Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, Saw) and Jake Busey (The Frighteners) join the cast as Hawkins’ mayor and a reporter, respectively. Maya Thurman Hawke is also moving to Hawkins for for Season 3. At present, Levy would neither confirm nor deny whether Matthew Modine’s Dr. Brenner might re-surface. Sadly, Barb will still not be returning for Season 3.
There is still official word on when Season 3 will debut on Netflix. However, Levy did drop the news that fans can definitely expect a Season 4. In the meantime, if you’re craving any news about Stranger Things keep an eye on the blog or any announcements.