Stranger Things has been a certifiable phenomenon, a huge score for Netflix's and one of the first creative efforts to spark the worldwide resurgence in 1980s era nostalgia. Fans hoping the 3rd season would premier around Halloween (as was the case with Season 2) will have to wait, as we're just getting word the streaming giant has shifted its target return date to summer, 2019. The news comes from programming executive Cindy Holland who address journalists at this year's Television Critics Association summer press tour.

"It's a handcrafted show. The Duffer Brothers and Shawn Levy, they understand the stakes are high. They want to deliver something bigger and better than last year. I think it's going to be a fantastic season. It will be worth the wait."

You'll still be able to get your Stranger Things fix this October, provided you live near Lafayette, Indiana, or have the means to visit. That's where Exploration Acres has erected a Mind-Flayer sized Stranger Things themed corn maze, the biggest the location has ever created. It's spread out over 20 acres (or the equivalent of 50 football fields) with pathways covering a combined total of 10+ miles. When viewed from above, the immense labyrinth reveals Stranger Things imagery, including Eleven unleashing her telekinetic fury, the boys biking off on their next adventure, and a sneaky Demogorgon lurking in the background.

As for what we can expect when Stranger Things returns to Netflix, we got our first insight in the form of a retro commercial for Starcourt Mall, the newest hotspot in Hawkins. The only characters we see from the show are Steve (played by Joe Keery) and newcomer Maya Thurman-Hawke (daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke) whose character Variety described as "an 'alternative girl' bored with her mundane day job." Well, we now know what that job is: The duo are employees of Scoops Ahoy Ice Cream Shop! Check it out below.

"This thrilling Netflix original drama stars Golden Globe-winning actress Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, who lives in a small Indiana town in 1983 - inspired by a time when tales of science fiction captivated audiences. When Joyce's 12-year-old son, Will, goes missing, she launches a terrifying investigation into his disappearance with local authorities. As they search for answers, they unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries involving secret government experiments, unnerving supernatural forces, and a very unusual little girl."

In addition to Thurman-Hawke, Season 3 newcomers will include Jake Busey and Cary Elwes with an elevated role for Priah Ferguson who played Lucas' little sister Erica (and thrilled fans to no end). The series was created by Matt and Ross Duffer and was an instant hit, propelled by a wave of nostalgia that's at least partially to thank for the resulting Stephen King Renaissance that began in 2017. We'll keep you posted on additional Stranger Things Season 3 details as they emerge, so stay tuned.

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