In one of the least surprising announcements from the world of entertainment, Netflix have confirmed that Stranger Things will return for a third season.
It was really no surprise that the hugely popular show would get renewed for a third season, in fact the show's creators, The Duffer brothers had not only already hinted that a third season will happen, but also a fourth.
The action-packed supernatural web-series follows the story of a group of friends from Hawkins Middle School as they uncover the weird goings on in their town and has been likened to a cross between 'The Goonies' and 'Stand By Me'.
Even before the official announcement, a follow up was pretty likely. Netflix are very secretive about their viewing figures but some reports estimate that the first episode of the second season pulled in a massive 15.8 million viewers in the US alone. Which means Netflix would be mad not to renew it, besides, there's plenty more story to tell.
Soon after the second season hit Netflix, Ross Duffer hinted that there would be more to come in an interview with Vulture saying, "we're thinking it will be a four-season thing," but it could even end up being five seasons long.
It was revealed that it took nine months to shoot season two, and there was a 15 month break between season two and the first season. So, if the next season is written and shot at the same rate, then we could be looking at a release date of around April 2019.
But, Halloween is the perfect time to release a dark, supernatural show like Stranger Things, so we could be looking at a release date of October 2018 at the earliest, although this is less likely.
When the original season hit Netflix in July 2016, a sequel was already green-lit, this probably means that the episodes were written and the cast were signed up.
But, this time round we don't know how far along the planning, scripts and casting for season three has come, all we know is that the Duffer brothers are currently writing the next season.
One of the show's producers, Shawn Levy has said that the core cast are signed up for a new season, and the Duffers have also hinted that the whole cast will return. In an interview they said that the kids will be nearing college age and that, "we just have to keep adjusting the story".
However, we think the boys might not play such a central role in the next season, Matt Duffer said, "I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year". So perhaps Eleven's lost sister, Kali and her gang will be more prominent in the next season.
The other thing to consider is that Stranger Things has turned their cast of young actors into worldwide stars. Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike Wheeler has already appeared in the remake of Stephen King's 'It' as Richie and has another movie in production this year. And, Millie Bobby Brown, AKA Eleven is lined up to appear in the next Godzilla movie, 'King Of Monsters'.
This could mean that certain members of the cast will have other commitments and will be unavailable for filming, or may play smaller roles in the next season.
The show's producers aren't yet even close to starting filming a third season. As we know, the Duffer brothers are only in the early stages of writing, so it's safe to assume that it'll be at least six months until they start shooting the next season.