Netflix have finally announced the 2019 date for the third season of their hit supernatural series, Stranger Things. The date was revealed in a New Year's themed video.
The last season of Stranger Things came to a climatic end in October 2018, and ever since fans have been eager to find out how the show's creators, the Duffer brothers, plan to develop the story of a group of friends living in Hawkins, Indiana.
Unfortunately, we've had to wait a little longer than we expected to find out. The first two seasons drop on the streaming platform around October time, but Halloween 2018 came and went without an exact date for the show being confirmed,
Netflix finally announced that the new season will be available from July 4th, 2019 in a retro video produced for New Year's Eve.
The teaser trailer is produced in the style of a local 1980s television show and uses clips from Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve from 1985, the year in which the third season of the show will be set.
The New Year's extravaganza is sponsored locally by the fictional Starcourt Mall, a brand new shopping centre in Hawkins that we've already been introduced to in a previous teaser trailer
According to the show's producers, the reason we've had to wait a few extra months is because the Duffer brothers and Shawn Levy, have requested more time to 'fine-tune' the show, and also to work on more special effects.
As well as taking a little longer to produce, the show will also be shorter. The third season will drop to eight episodes. This is down one episode on season two, but back to the original count for season one.
The reason why this season is slightly shorter might be because the producers have gone on the record to state this time round life will be a little easier for Will Byers. Season one saw him trapped in the Upside Down, whilst season two saw him possessed and terrorised by the Shadow Monster.
Last month Netflix shared a video that revealed the titles of each of the eight new episodes.
Season three will feature Millie Bobby Brown, David Harbour, Winona Ryder, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schapp, Caleb McLaughlin, Joe Keery, Natalia Dyer, and Charlie Heaton. As well as Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery, who joined the cast in season two.
It's also been revealed that 80s film star, Cary Elwes, has been added to the cast for the new season. He's been cast as the "handsome, slick and sleazy" Mayor Kline. "Your classic '80s politician – more concerned with his own image than with the people of the small town he governs." Whilst not explicit in the release from Netflix, we're assuming he'll be the Mayor of Hawkins, the town where the series is set.