by Mason Segall
Of all the Netflix's original shows, none have been as much a surprise hit as the '80s nostalgia-packed sci-fi thriller Stranger Things. The show put a bunch of young actors on the pop culture map—and nabbed viewer interest faster than you can say "demigorgon."
Now, according to Screen Rant, executive producer Shawn Levy has announced that principal photography on the Stranger Things Season 3 will wrap sometime in November, on schedule for the show to be released on the streaming platform in mid-2019. Typically, the show's seasons come out around Halloween, but as Netflix's VP of original content Cindy Holland said in July, “The Duffer Brothers and Shawn Levy ... want to deliver something bigger and better than they did last year. They want to take the time to get it right. I think it will be a fantastic season and will be worth the wait.”
Plot details for the new season are scant, but many of the stars have come forward to discuss how the season is noticeably darker than the previous two while still having a "really healthy dose of poppy, bright levity and cultural fun," according to Levy. What is also known is that the season will take place during the summer in Hawkins, Indiana and that the new Starcourt Mall will play a big part.
Season one of Stranger Things only took four months to film; season three has taken six months, around the same amount of time it took to film Season 2. Given that this new season will be, according to Levy, "cinematically ... our biggest season yet," the extra time makes sense.