Streaming television has changed a lot about the way people interact with their favorite shows. Namely, it’s made them far less patient. Well, maybe not less patient, but rather backed into a corner that makes waiting so much less bearable. Finding something else to watch for 12 whole months just so you can binge your favorite show in two days just does something to your brain. Now, fans of Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things have something right up this alley to groan about per a recent announcement that we won’t be taking the trip back to Hawkins for season three until the Summer of 2019; 15 months after the end of season two.
According to Netflix’s programming head honcho Cindy Holland, it’ll be “worth the wait,” though. The new season picks up in 1985, about one year after the end of season 2. As the actors gain higher profiles and get more work, the Stranger Things production schedule has to accommodate. Still, as the seasons get more spaced out, Co-showrunner Matt Duffer says that it presents new opportunities to advance the plot in meaningful ways.
“They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended,” he said. “It forces you to do a time jump. But what I like is that it makes you evolve the show. It forces the show to evolve and change because the kids are changing.”
Of course, there will be some good old-fashioned character development, i.e, Will is finally going to catch a break and even more dad Steve, but fans of the show are in for bigger and better special effects (a huge reason for the long wait) too. That said don’t expect that huge shadow monster you saw at the end of season two to go anywhere soon.