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STRANGER THINGS Teases Darker, Summer-Centric Season 3

The cast and creators behind STRANGER THINGS talk about Season 3 vibe, new characters, and more!

The Stranger Things cast and creators headed to PaleyFest over the weekend and teased audience about what’s next for the hit Netflix show, starting off with a change of routine.

“Season 3 is set in the summer, so right out of the gate that’s a big difference,” Executive Producer Shawn Levy told Variety at the event. “The first two seasons were very much school-based. This is that time of year where it’s not about school, it’s about the swimming pool and campfires and parades and Fourth of July and fireworks, so there’s kind of a poppy fun to Season 3 that’s really enjoyable before things inevitably turn super dark.”

Of course, that darkness is the shadow monster from last season, who retreated but certainly didn’t give up.

Levy also talked about Maya Hawke, who joins the cast as an “alternative girl” named Robin. In doing so, he revealed which character she’ll likely be interacting with the most: Steve!

“She came in and auditioned with Joe Keery and had such interesting chemistry and dynamic,” he said. “She’s just a really spontaneous, in-the-moment actress.”

Despite the new character, Hawkins isn’t done expanding quite yet. Levy also teased more casting announcements on the horizon.

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