Stranger Things didn’t have a huge amount of build-up when it first appeared on Netflix in 2016, but it quickly became a must-see phenomenon. The ’80s-set sci-fi/horror drama wore its influences proudly on its sleeve, but the calibre of writing, acting, and directing meant that it was much more than just a nostalgic reminder of why the work of Stephen King and Steven Spielberg remains so popular. It was funny, scary, thrilling, and heartfelt, and its success ensured that creators Ross and Matt Duffer returned for more seasons.
Season 2 in 2017 was every bit as good as the first, and managed to find new ways to scare and thrill while still delivering everything fans loved about Season 1. By this point, several of the cast had become stars in their own right–Finn Wolfhard was one of the main stars of the horror smash It, Millie Bobby Brown appears in the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and David Harbour went from supporting actor to a leading man–we’ll see him next year as Hellboy in the much-anticipated reboot.
Stranger Things Season 3 is set for release in 2019. Netflix never announces release dates very far in advance, so we don’t yet know when it will arrive. The previous two seasons were released in the fall, while the first teaser for this new season hints at a summer debut. While specific plot details are, unsurprisingly, unknown, we do know quite a bit about the direction this next season will take the show in. So here’s everything we know so far about Stranger Things Season 3 …