At this weekend’s Television Critics’ Association press event, Netflix discussed why we’re waiting so long for the next season of Stranger Things. Programming executive Cindy Holland confirmed the sci-fi hit won’t be back until summer 2019, as the Duffer Brothers want to make something that transcends anything that they’ve done before. Holland stated:
“It’s a hand-crafted show… You know, the Duffer Brothers and Shawn Levy have worked really hard and they understand the stakes are high. They want to deliver something bigger and better than what they did last year. And so, they really want to take the time to get it right. I think it’s gonna be a fantastic season, it’s gonna be worth the wait.”
Reading between the lines, it seems that there’s going to be a lot of work done in post-production, especially on the special effects side of things. Season 2 certainly pulled off some incredibly ambitious visual moments, especially that landscape shot of the Shadow Monster. As much as we’ve got used to the annual Halloween tradition of new Stranger Things, we’re happy to wait it out until 2019 if it gets us more spectacular cinematic moments.
Previous seasons of Stranger Things have always been set in the autumnal months, befitting its usual Halloween release. However, season 3 is set in the summer; the kids will no longer be dealing with school but rather camping trips, Fourth of July celebrations and swimming pools – the perfect setting to ruin with new horrors from the Upside Down!
The downside to this, as we see it, is that the kids might not be kids for much longer. By the time season 4 rolls around, they’ll be a few feet higher and spouting awkward facial hair. Presumably the Duffer Brothers will factor this into Stranger Things’s storyline, possibly with a time-jump to high school years, if it ever goes beyond season 3. We can only wait and see.
For now, the show has already released a teaser trailer, featuring a commercial for a new Hawkins mall. Check it out below: