This story has been updated.
The captivating story of a girl with telekinetic powers surrounded by a ton of nostalgia for 1980s American pop culture might come to an end sooner than anyone thought. There’s every reason to believe the third season of Stranger Things might be the final season of the hit Netflix show. Here’s what’s going on.
First up, there’s been no confirmation from the creators of Stranger Things — the Duffer Brothers — that the upcoming third season will be the end. In fact, up until recently, the collective understanding was that there would be at least four seasons of Stranger Things in total. Ross Duffer said in 2017 “It will be a four-season thing and then out.” However, some have speculated that just means the Duffers were leaving after season four. Again, none of this has been confirmed by Netflix or the Duffers, but now fans are worried Stranger Things won’t be a four season thing and then out, but instead, only a three season thing. And that’s because the cast of Stranger Things is posting a ton of emotional stuff on social media, which could imply the completion of season three could be the completion of the entire show.
Last week, actor Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler) posted something Instagram which could be read as a statement that he’s done with Stranger Things.
The caption “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over” could just be a joke, or it could mean Finn is saying “game over” about Stranger Things. This idea is corroborated by the fact that his co-star, Millie Bobby Brown, posted quotes like “I can’t say good-bye” and that she was going “cry all day FYI” to her Instagram stories. Why would Brown be saying goodbye if she was playing Eleven in season 4? There really only seems like three answers. First, that Season 3 is the end of the show. Second, Eleven could die in season 3 (which feels crazy unlikely, she’s the whole show.) Or, third, that the Stranger Things kids are just being kids. Like the end of the school year or the end of summer camp, maybe they’re just being a little emotional about leaving their friends…for now.
For all the kids and adults who love them in Stranger Things, that last explanation is the only one that contains any hope of a story beyond season 3.
Update: Millie Bobby Brown has clarified the intent her Instagram posts. Speaking to Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, she said: “It was the last day of the season – the season not the show.”
As of now, a release date for Stranger Things season 3 has not been confirmed, but summer of 2019 seems likely.