Stranger Things season three may not be hitting Netflix until 2019, but according to producer Shawn Levy, they are a lot further along with it than we probably realize. Warning: if you haven’t watched season two yet, duh, spoilers. Also, why are you reading this? Kick rocks.
For the rest of us, who have watched every episode of Stranger Things so far, Levy just dropped some very interesting new details about what season three has in store.
First off, we are all in agreement that the Mind-Flayer (AKA the Shadow Monster), who obviously still isn’t dead, will be back to torment Will and the gang, right? Yeah, well, not exactly. Turns out they might finally be cutting poor Will a little bit of slack.
Here’s what Levy had to say about that and more in a new interview with Glamour…
“If we could make it [return] faster, then we would,” executive producer Shawn Levy explains. “But we’re going to make it well. We’re going to do it right.” The good news is that the Duffer Brothers and Levy have already planned out all of the story lines for season three. “We’re there,” Levy tells us. “It’ll be an eight- or nine-episode season. The number of episodes will be dictated by the amount of story that excites us. We now know what is going to happen in season three to every character.” Now that the season’s storyline is worked out, they’re in the process of figuring out the specific details of each scene in each episode.
While Levy is hesitant to reveal more beyond that, he will say that Will Byers is in need of a break after last season’s trauma from the aftermath of the Upside Down. “We’re going to give Will a break,” he says. “We’re not going to put Will through hell for a third season in a row. He’ll be dealing with stuff, but he won’t be at rock bottom the way we forced the amazing Noah Schnapp to play.” Of course, after battling the Shadow Monster one would assume Dustin or Hopper might be next in line to suffer the consequences. “You might assume that,” Levy teases, “but you would probably end up being wrong. We’re [going to be] dealing with forces of evil that are new.”
Oh thank God. I don’t think that kid can take much more. So who is going to be the new baddie? Maybe it will be Billy or Kali (Eight). Probably Kali because she already knows how to annoy TF out of us. Then again, they could bring back “Papa.” That would be pretty dope.
In other good news, Levy assures us that we will be getting some more “Steve/Dustin action.”
“In season two, it was all very cute and there was a funny factor to it because it was unexpected, but now that it is expected, I want to see them connect more and be more familiar with each other,” he says. “I want them to have a connection like they’ve really had a connection for a year—like they’re brothers.” Matarazzo points out that Dustin doesn’t have a brother and his father is gone, so Dustin wants an older male figure in his life to look up to. “He’s never had that, so I feel like Steve is definitely someone in that sense who could be that person to him.”
Don’t know about you guys, but I am already fired up to take a little trip back to Hawkins, Indiana.
Check out the Levy’s entire interview here.