Netflix announced today via Twitter that Stranger Things will return to Netflix for a third season. The streaming service didn't announce how many episodes will be included. The series stars Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, David Harbour as Chief Jim Hopper, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler, Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, Joe Keery as Steve Harrington, Dacre Montgomery as Billy, and Sadie Sink as Max, among others.
The series is created by The Duffer Brothers, who also serve as executive producers and directors along with Shawn Levy (who also directs), Dan Cohen and Iain Patterson. Stranger Things is a Netflix production. Stranger Things received 18 Emmy nominations this year (with five wins) and was honored with the 2017 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, as well as the 2017 Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television Drama from the Producers Guild of America. The series is critically acclaimed, currently Certified Fresh, with a 94% rating for both Season 1 and Season 2 on Rotten Tomatoes.
While today's announcement confirms Stranger Things Season 3 is happening, it's already been a foregone conclusion that another season was being planned. Series creator Matt Duffer hinted earlier this month that Season 3 will feature a bit of a time jump, since the main kids on the show are aging so much. While the Netflix announcement didn't confirm a premiere date for the new season, it is believed that it may not arrive until the very end of 2018. The first season spanned just eight episodes but this current second season spanned nine episodes.
The series has been a massive hit with fans, but there has been some controversy this season, over an unscripted kiss between Caleb McLaughlin's Lucas Sinclair and the new character Max, played by Sadie Sink. Sadie Sink revealed during the after show Beyond Stranger Things that the kiss originally wasn't in the script, but creator Ross Duffer revealed that he was only joking when he asked the 14-year-old actress if she was ready for the kiss, and she reacted so strongly that he had to, "make her do it now." Sadie Sink later reiterated that she was never forced or pressured into the kiss and that the Duffer Brothers had always made her feel comfortable on the set.
The show also faced another controversy in late October when Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton was denied entry into the U.S. at the Los Angeles International Airport, after he was found with cocaine in his possession. It isn't clear how this will affect production on Season 3, if at all, but there hasn't been any confirmation as to when the new season will begin filming. Until we get more details, take a look at the tweets below from Netflix, regarding the new season of Stranger Things.