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Stranger Things - Season 3

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Stranger Things Season 3 will be released in 2019. It will include following episodes
  1. Suzie, Do You Copy?
  2. The Mall Rats
  3. The Case of the Missing Lifeguard
  4. The Sauna Test
  5. The Source
  6. The Birthday
  7. The Bite
  8. The Battle of Starcourt
 

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Since the series' debut, fans have known that the main antagonists in Stranger Things are the otherworldly creatures that dwell in the Upside Down. From government agencies to bullying classmates, other threats have emerged for our heroes, with peculiar IMDb credits possibly revealing who will be ancillary villains in Season Three of the series.

WARNING: Possible spoilers below for Stranger Things



Last month, one Reddit user noticed that the IMDb listing for the series included cast members for the upcoming third season, with some characters being described as "Russian Soldier," "Russian Guard," and "Russian Goon." Shortly after this information hit the internet, the description of many of these characters were shortened to "Soldier," "Guard," or "Goon."

What has piqued many fans' curiosities is that, while many references to Russia were scrubbed from the IMDb page, there remains one stunt performer who is credited as "Russian Guard," igniting speculation that Netflix aimed to remove references to Russia though one listing slipped through the cracks.

All this speculation could amount to nothing, as you don't need a specific level of clearance on IMDb to be able to modify a TV show's credits. The changing character names could all be chalked up to one person having a bit of fun and intentionally trying to rile up fans. However, it's possible that these clues could hint at major revelations in the third season.

The American government played a crucial role in previous seasons of the series, due in large part to organizations not only opening up a portal to the Upside Down, but also these organizations conducting experiments in which Eleven was treated like a lab rat. With the amount of time that has passed since the series began, it's possible that Russian scientists have discovered similar portals, or possibly heard about these American experiments and sent in some members of its military to exploit this knowledge.

Were this the case, it could raise suspicion as to why the Russian characters would need their identities concealed. However, the '80s saw Americans at high levels of paranoia, thinking that Russian spies had infiltrated our society. It's possible that the third season could lean into that angle, with characters emerging that are Russian spies whose identities aren't confirmed until later in the season.

As fans wait any official footage from the upcoming season, we're left to speculation until the third season premieres sometime in 2019.
'Stranger Things' Season 3 Villain Possibly Revealed
 

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I'm getting a bit burned out on all these 80s nostalgia properties. I'll watch watch this series with high hopes, but can't we all agree to start revisiting the 90s sometime soon? Or maybe the 19th century?
 

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Netflix bestowed a New Year's gift to all Stranger Things fans last night: the release date of the show's third season. Stranger Things 3 will debut on July 4, 2019.

Just before 2018 ended, Netflix tweeted out another trailer for Stranger Things 3 (the above video is a shortened version from Netflix's YouTube channel). The nearly four-minute-long clip takes viewers back to New Years' Eve 1985, specifically Dick Clark's iconic New Year's Rockin' Eve broadcast. Mysterious interferences interrupt the broadcast, sending static onto the screen along with strange messages like "when blue and yellow meet in the west."

We also learn that the Starcourt Mall advertisement from a previous teaser trailer is a commercial that ran during Dick Clark's broadcast—at least in the Hawkins, Indiana area.

Just after the ball drops and the fireworks go off, the tagline "one summer can change everything" appears. It's followed by the date July 4, 1985, confirming the rumors that Stranger Things 3 will take place, at least in part, during the summer of 1985. The past two seasons have followed Mike, Eleven, and the others during preceding falls and winters, so the new summer timeline will be a change of pace.

Netflix followed up by tweeting a poster for Stranger Things 3 right after it debuted the release date trailer. The poster shows Dustin, Max, and Lucas ogling at fireworks in the sky, while Mike stares at Eleven, who is distracted by something ominous and out of frame. And whatever Eleven sees, Will sees it, too.

The third season's release date has been highly anticipated for a while now. At the end of last year, Netflix announced a new Stranger Things game that will folllow the events of season three, and it released the titles of the next season's eight episodes in a separate teaser trailer. But with that hype, no release date came. Now, all Stranger Things fans can start their countdowns and plan to celebrate the Independence Day holiday in Hawkins—it will likely be a crazy one.
Netflix welcomes 2019 with Stranger Things 3 release date: July 4
 

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We've still got several months of waiting for the debut of season 3 of Stranger Things. Fans hungry for the backstory to the various residents of Hawkins, Indiana, can play the mobile game. Or they might try one of the prequel novels published by Del Rey Books that delves into the pasts of some of the peripheral characters.

Suspicious Minds, published earlier this month, tells the story of Eleven's mother, Terry Ives, and how she got involved with MKUltra. A second prequel novel, Darkness on the Edge of Town, will arrive June 4 and focuses on police Chief Jim Hopper's early years in New York City as a homicide detective. And yes, both are considered "canon," for fans who are purists.
Stranger Things franchise is getting spin-off prequel novel about Jim Hopper
 

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I'm getting a bit burned out on all these 80s nostalgia properties. I'll watch watch this series with high hopes, but can't we all agree to start revisiting the 90s sometime soon? Or maybe the 19th century?
I suppose the 90s is maybe too recent for it to be considered for a period piece. For me, a piece set in 90s UK would be wonderful, but I understand that it might not have the same nostalgic pull of Super 8s etc. but perhaps in a few years when the 90s children are old enough, we can make it happen!
 

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I just finished binge-watching the first two seasons. I'm not much for horror, but I liked this series.
Kids leading adults in dealing with monsters is always fun. Millie Bobby Brown is an exceptional young actress.
I'm looking forward to season 3 in July.
 
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Stranger Things' return to Netflix has been massively popular, with the third instalment breaking the streaming service's viewer records.

More than 40 million households watched the show in its first four days, according to Netflix, with 18 million-plus already having finished all eight episodes.

Netflix only recently started sharing viewing figures.

Bird Box topped the company's first list in January.

Eighty million people watched the horror-thriller film over four weeks.

Umbrella Academy, about a dysfunctional superhero family, was listed as having 45m viewers within its first month - the most for a series in the first quarter of 2019.

Stranger Things 3 has almost achieved that figure in a tenth of the time.
Stranger Things 3 breaks Netflix streaming record

Well, I've been watching it slowly and I meant to make a post about the first three episodes, then it became six and now I've passed that. Dave said to not post anything if I didn't feel up to it, but the thing is back in my head, I kind of feel responsible to continue what I've been doing.

If you have watched, what did you think about it?
 

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It was OK. I enjoyed it, but I also feel that by now it's starting to look like a formula. The writing is still good though, and I like the fact that it's only 8 episodes per season.
 

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I watched the first episode yesterday and liked it. I've got the next two days off, so I'll have a little binge-watching time available.
 

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The kids are really taking a back seat to horror this round. Definitely a darker tone.
 

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The kids are really taking a back seat to horror this round. Definitely a darker tone.
The story is fuller this time. Every character gets time, they have a meaning, and they don't feel out of place at any point. It is kind of frustrating that because of it, the story somewhat stalls, especially around the adults. But I loved every second of it, and I felt super sad at the end.
 

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(y)(y)Two very enthusiastic thumbs up for season 3!
I had my doubts in the first few episodes, but things shifted nicely back to my expectations in the final four.
l loved how the kids got firmly back into the driver's seat and stayed there. They were the strength of the first pair of seasons.
I would never have guessed that the ending sadness @ctg cited would be the sacrifice of Chief Hopper. (Sorry, Billy. I shed no tears for your demise, despite your 11th-hour save of Eleven.)
The chief's struggles to raise a teenage "gifted" daughter and to realize a relationship with Joyce provided most of the comic relief in this season. Tears of joy may be on the way in a highly likely (I hope) fourth season. I strongly suspect that "The American" in the Russian prison cell in the final scenes of this season is the not-so-dead Hopper.
I laughed out loud when everyone was forced to endure Dustin-Buns and Suzie-Poo perform their duet of The Neverending Story theme to get the corrected Planck's Constant code. I felt sorry for Steve when his budding romance with Robin was abruptly derailed by a similarity in gender preferences.
The main problem that I had with this installment is accepting the existence of a vast underground Russian installation beneath a small town Indiana mall. In the course of excavating a room-sized elevator shaft that seemingly extended nearly to the earth's core, plus miles of underground tunnels, what the hell did they do with the mountain of materials they removed? A quarrying operation would have provided a better cover than a shopping center.
One other bone to pick: If I followed correctly, the Mind Flayer made a comeback because some leftover portions remained on our side of the passage to Upsidedownland when Eleven closed the portal. Yet, the key to stopping the new giant tarantula was re-closing the reopened rift?
Some bulldozer-sized chunks of TMF were left in the Starcourt Mall when the dust had settled. I don't think that the Russians need their pet demogorgon to get their program rolling again.
 
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One other bone to pick: If I followed correctly, the Mind Flayer made a comeback because some leftover portions remained on our side of the passage to Upsidedownland when Eleven closed the portal. Yet, the key to stopping the new giant tarantula was re-closing the reopened rift?
My understanding about the events is that the US Department of Energy shut down their experiment, but Soviets decided otherwise. They made the secret base under the Starcourt mall somehow without alerting everyone, and then they started to break the boundaries between worlds ... or dimensions. You could easily claim that the Upside World is a dimensional world that share physical settings with the Prime Earth. Although we don't know for sure that their world is same as ours, but we can assume it is, just that nobody knew or ever heard strange things happening in the Hawkings.

So, the Soviets figured out that they can open the rift and it will somehow enable them to travel there. It is also a well known fact that Soviets were more interested in the science than Americans. Especially in the back in the eighties. To be honest, I don't think anyone of them knew what was happening at the ground, or outside their facilities, as it would have freaked them.
 

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It was OK. I enjoyed it, but I also feel that by now it's starting to look like a formula. The writing is still good though, and I like the fact that it's only 8 episodes per season.
i'm 3 episodes in and feel the same - seems less original than the first two seasons (so far)

although after @REBerg 's post above my expectations at raised for the second half!

on a side note, i'm still not sold on Netflix's thing of releasing all episodes at the same time.
 
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on a side note, i'm still not sold on Netflix's thing of releasing all episodes at the same time.
It is a problem because the fans cannot really talk about the episodes and give the producers proper feedback. The season 3 is however one of the most viewed shows in the Netflix at the moment.
 
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