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Watch: Full trailer lands for Stranger Things Season 3

Updated 20-03-19 | 14:55 PM | Staff Reporter

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One summer can change everything. It can bring with it new friends, surprising romances, exciting adventures, and a whole heap of government conpiracies and spooky aliens. At least, it can in Hawkins, Indiana, and this July, we finally head back to the small town for a third season of Stranger Things.

Netflix’s retro-sci-fi-horror smash hit has been teasing its return for months, with a bunch of playful 80s promos, including adverts for the town’s new Starcourt Mall and a list of episode titles. Now, we’ve finally got a full trailer, which reunites us with Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven, Finn Wolfhard’s Mike, Gaten Matarazzo’s Dustin, Sadie Sink’s Max, Caleb McLaughlin’s Lucas, Charlie Heaton’s Steve, plus Maya Hawke as new character Robin, “an alternative girl who is equal parts sharp and playful”. On the adult side, Winona Ryder and David Harbour are back as Joyce Byers and Jim Hopper.

And, of course, there are some sinister men in suits and some equally sinister people with gas masks, plus weeks and weeks left to speculate about what’s in store. Season 3 lands on 4th July. Here’s the trailer:

Stranger Things Season 3 episode titles revealed

10th December 2018

It’s another six months until Stranger Things returns to our screens, but for Netflix, that means lots of speculation, as its flagship sci-fi-horror hit unveils its episode titles for Season 3. The chapter names, of course, give nothing away about what’s in store, and are designed to leave us guessing, but they’re a reassuring sign that the show’s production wheels continue to turn, as the marketing cogs start up what will no doubt be a steady drip of teasers and hints in the coming months.

What we do know about Season 3 is that the show will, for the first time, unfold in the summer months – in 1985, to be exact – taking us away from the school-year action we’ve become used to. We also know that tall the main cast will return, including Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Will (Noah Schnapp), plus Mille Bobby Brown’s Eleven and David Harbour’s Sherif Harbour. We also know that they’ll be joined by Maya Hawke’s Robin, described by the show’s creators as “an alternative girl who is equal parts sharp and playful”, Priah Ferguson’s Erica Sinclair, upgraded to recurring status, and Francesca Reale’s Heather, who has a recurring role a lifeguard at the local Hawkins pool.

And that’s about it, but with Harbour previously teasing that the season will be riskier and more experimental, the episode titles could mark some interesting decisions by showrunners The Duffer Brothers. Those episode titles are: Suzie, Do You Copy?, The Mall Rats, The Case of the Missing Lifeguard, The Sauna Test, The Source, The Birthday, The Bite, The Battle of Starcourt.

And so, in the spirit of pure, Internet-fuelled speculation, and with no basis or logic for any of the conclusions that might be drawn other than sheer hype and dramatic, click-baiting headlines, let’s take a full look at just what each title could possibly mean…

Suzie, Do You Copy?

Susan Hargrove is the only character who might possibly be called “Suzie”. What we know is that she’s the biological mother of Max (Sadie Sink). Could she and Max share some kind of walkie-talkie-based conversation? Perhaps Susan gets a job at the local photocopying joint? Maybe someone tries to clone her, as one of those nefarious secret experiments that are always going down in Hawkins, Indiana? Or perhaps she discovers the clipboard function on a 1980s computer, but can’t work out how to paste?

Or, and this could just be the dramatic Stranger Things music from the video talking, what if it’s a combination of all of them?

The Mall Rats

A reference, perhaps, to Kevin Smith’s 1995 comedy, which sees two guys go to the mall after their girlfriends break up with them. Does that mean we’re about to see some heartbreak for the show’s teenage boy characters? Or is this just an excuse to hang out at the new Starcourt Mall, a new addition to the series’ tiny town? After all, we know that Steve (Joe Keery) and Robin will be staffing the new Scoops Ahoy Ice Cream Shop there. Maybe they accidentally forget to clean up some spilled ice cream and giant rats invade the building? What if Robin turns out to be some kind of giant rat in disguise, as one of those nefarious secret experiments that are always going down in Hawkins, Indiana?

Or, and this could just be the dramatic Stranger Things music from the video talking, what if it’s a combination of all of them?

The Case of the Missing Lifeguard

Stranger Things began with a missing person’s case, so it’s only natural that Season 3 should see the show go back to its roots somewhat. After all, look what happened to Barb in Season 1. We already know that Francesca Reale will play Heather, a popular lifeguard at the Hawkins Community Pool, and that she’ll become “the centrepiece of a dark mystery”. Will she go missing at the pool? Will she be investigating the case of another colleague who’s gone missing? Or will the whole episode hinge around the hunt for a briefcase or suitcase belonging to a lifeguard who used to work there? Or, given Barb’s watery disappearance, will Heather turn out to be Barb reincarnated, as one of those nefarious secret experiments that are always going down in Hawkins, Indiana?

Or, and this could just be the dramatic Stranger Things music from the video talking, what if it’s a combination of all of them?

The Sauna Test

Eleven underwent a string of tests in a water tank during Season 1. Will Stranger Things’ third season subject her to even more tests, perhaps involving a really, really, warm room? Will Steve get locked in a sauna, much to the delight of many of the show’s fans? Will Sheriff Hopper simply take some time out in the local sauna after a stressful day photocopying posters asking for more information about the giant rats that have stolen that missing briefcase from the swimming pool? Or will Val Kilmer, star of the 2009 horror film The Steam Experiment, turn up and lock everyone in a steam room together to raise awareness about global warming, as one of those nefarious secret experiments that are always going down in Hawkins, Indiana?

Or, and this could just be the dramatic Stranger Things music from the video talking, what if it’s a combination of all of them?

The Source

Conspiracies are always afoot in Hawkins, so it’s no surprise that one of the key episodes of the upcoming season will involve a source divulging more information. Will Hopper head to the mall’s car park to meet an undercover Deep Throat figure with more information on the mysterious Starcourt Industries? Will Will and the gang trace some kind of signal in the woods to an E.T.-like spaceship that’s the source of the bleeping? Maybe Steve and Robin will be chasing down the supplier of their ice cream ingredients, after they run out of a crucial element needed to meet demand for Hawkins’ soft scoop treats? Or is it a deliberating misleading typo and someone’s trying to turn Eleven into a government-funded special sauce, as one of those nefarious secret experiments that are always going down in Hawkins, Indiana?

Or, and this could just be the dramatic Stranger Things music from the video talking, what if it’s a combination of all of them?

The Birthday

Someone, somewhere in Hawkins, Indiana… is having a birthday. But who? Could it be Hopper? Could it be Dustin? Could it be Will? Could it be Eleven? Or could it be the creation of a new creature entirely, as one of those nefarious secret experiments that are always going down in Hawkins, Indiana?

Or, and this could just be the dramatic Stranger Things music from the video talking, what if it’s a combination of all of them? (That would involve a lot of coincidental timings on the part of each character’s parents a long time ago, though.)

The Bite

Someone, somewhere in Hawkins, Indiana… is having a birthday. But who? And by what? Could it be that Dusting has found another Demagorgon to raise as a pet and it attacks him? Could Hopper be getting that dancing bug, after his boogying on down in Season 2? Could Steve accidentally end up poisoning someone with some sinister, government-made ice cream, as one of those nefarious secret experiments that are always going down in Hawkins, Indiana?

Or, and this could just be the dramatic Stranger Things music from the video talking, what if it’s a combination of all of them?

The Battle of Starcourt

This one seems the most straight forward of all, as some kind of battle takes place at the new Starcourt Mall. But will it be the ice cream shop that’s the epicentre of the skirmish? Or will it be that photocopying shop everyone’s talking about? And will it be a battle against those giant rats that came about as one of those nefarious secret experiments that are always going down in Hawkins, Indiana? Will they defeat the rat invasion by locking them all in the sauna with Val Kilmer, before retiring for some soft scoop down at the local swimming pool?

Or, and this could just be the dramatic Stranger Things music from the video talking, what if it’s a combination of all of them?

Watch the video below to find out none of the answers to the above:

First Stranger Things Season 3 teaser goes full 80s

16th July 2018

Netflix has dropped the first teaser for Season 3 of Stranger Things and the spoof video is going full 1980s.

The fake promo introduces us to the Starcourt Mall, a new addition to the tiny town of Hawkins, Indiana, which promises to be “one of the finest shopping facilities in America and beyond”. On offer include everything from The Gap and Waldenbooks to Sam Goody and Claire’s – and, in the middle of it all, stands Scoops Ahoy Ice Cream Shop, staffed by none other than Steve (Joe Keery), looking cute in pastel colours.

Alongside him is our first proper look at new character Robin, played by Maya Hawke, described by the show’s creators as “an alternative girl who is equal parts sharp and playful”. She will be joined by Priah Ferguson, upgraded to a recurring role as Erica Sinclair, and Francesca Reale, who has a recurring role as Heather, a lifeguard at the local Hawkins pool, who becomes “the centrepiece of a dark mystery”.

Other hints in the new trailer include the presence of Starcourt Industries, a potential corporate foe for a small town where shady organisations have caused trouble before, and the promise of the mall “coming next summer” – which may well mean that we have to wait a whole year for Season 3’s release.

The video follows comments from David Harbour (returning as Sheriff Hopper), who confirmed that the season will be set in 1985 and that the upcoming season will be riskier and more experimental.

“We’re taking risks, and I hope that they pay off but they are risks. We’re going into territories we’ve never been to before, and it’s exciting.”

Here’s the video:

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