Director Sean Levy and actors Millie Bobby Brown and Noah Schnapp represented the “trifecta of spoiler risks” for the supernatural, nostalgia-steeped series Stranger Things on a panel for Netflix’s FYSee event at Raleigh Studios this past weekend. The three painted a glimpse of the third season, and gave some insight into the casting process of current and future characters.
Brown (Eleven) told Variety at the event that it would be “a beautiful storyline for Eleven this season. It’s really a coming of age for her and understanding what being a normal teenage girl is.” At the panel she elaborated,
“I found techniques on how to cry and how to get angry, and I learned so much from Eleven, from those episodes of being isolated, that when I’m back in season three, things happen – stranger things happen.”
Considering Eleven’s tragic past, a normal teenage girl storyline is honestly turning things upside down.
Schnapp (Will Byers) set the upcoming season’s tone, saying it was a mix between the playfulness of the first season and the darkness of the second. Levy spoke about the decision to cast Schnapp in general, knowing he would be absent for most of the first season and central in the next. They rolled the dice and won on the young actor, who turned out to be sensitive and competent in the role.
We already know there will be a significant time jump for the coming season, a smart choice considering so many of the actors are kids and are growing up along the way. Whereas Season 2 picked up right after the first season in the fall of 1984, the third season will give the characters some time to grow up along with their actors. We’ll also get some new characters, including alternative girl Maya Hawke.
Stranger Things is returning for its third season on Netflix in 2019.