Here's Why Stranger Things Season 3 Won't Debut Until Next Summer

The boys from Stranger Things.
The boys from Stranger Things.
Photo: Netflix

Appearing at this weekend’s Television Critics’ Association press event, Netflix talked about when we should expect to see more Stranger Things, and why the wait is so long.


According to Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of Original Content, the third season of Stranger Things, set in 1985, won’t be premiering until next summer, and for a good reason: the Duffer Brothers want it to be better, and larger, than the last one.

“Well, it’s a hand-crafted show,” Holland said, as reported by The Wrap. “You know, the Duffer Brothers and Shawn Levy have worked really hard and they understand the stakes are high. They want to deliver something bigger and better than what they did last year. And so, they really want to take the time to get it right. I think it’s gonna be a fantastic season, it’s gonna be worth the wait.”


That’s disappointing news for the impatient, but a longer lead time on this sort of work is almost always good news for the cast and crew seeking to make a quality product. And since our own response to season 2 was a little mixed, here’s hoping this will give everyone involved the chance to put out a stronger final product.

io9 Weekend Editor. Videogame writer at other places. Queer nerd girl.

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Shigeru Miyamoto said that a delayed game eventually gets good, while a rushed game will forever be bad, which applies to many other things, so that’s my consolation mantra when I hear these things.  However, this being a Netflix show, why not pull a "Voltron" and give us half a season in October, half on the summer?  And just to clarify, this has nothing to do with my personal habit of watching spooky stuff exclusively in October, it is just a suggestion.