It’s not often that a show like Stranger Things comes around. The Netflix phenomenon brought together some of the most talented young actors to tell a story that’s equally heartbreaking, frightening, and endearing. This past weekend, the show’s third season premiered in Santa Monica, California, and it’s shaping up to be the most intense one yet.
“There’s a lot more intensity in all aspects,” says actor Gatan Matarazzo, aka Dustin, tells InStyle. “In the humor, in the horror, in the romance. There’s a lot going on.” Millie Bobby Brown, the 15-year-old actress who stars as Eleven, warns fans to “grab a box of tissues.” Oh boy.
Here are the three main takeaways about what to expect from this rollercoaster of a season:
It’s the funniest season yet – but also the scariest?
At the premiere, almost every cast member mentioned how season 3 is bringing the humor. “It’s pretty different. It’s very funny, it’s terrifying, there’s new characters. You’ll love it,” says Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike. Joe Keery, who plays loveable jock Steve, adds: “I think it’s the most emotional season yet. But I also think it’s the funniest, and the scariest. It’s kind of pushing both ends of the spectrum.”
David Harbour, aka Chief Hopper, adds: “The monster stuff is much nastier and gnarlier and grosser.”
The hormones are running rampant
The young cast is growing up and in the throes of their teenage years – and the show isn’t shying away from the realities of this phase of life. “It’s summer and she grows as a teenager,” says Brown. “It’s really an exciting period for Eleven and she’s definitely excited to grow up.”
Harbour also adds: “The kids are going through hormone changes and all of that stuff is happening and it’s portrayed very colorfully.”
The ending will destroy you (in the best way)
Harbour warns fans that the season 3 ending will completely destroy fans – in a beautiful way. “What happens is so beautiful, you’re going to feel like you’ve been punched in the face. It’s a gut punch,” he says.
Season 3 of Stranger Things will premiere on Netflix On July 4, 2019, and sadly, might be one of the last. In 2017, executive producer Shawn Levy told Entertainment Weekly that the show probably won’t see more than five seasons. “The truth is we’re definitely going four seasons and there’s very much the possibility of a fifth,” Levy said. “Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely.”