While this week has been quite a surprising one for TV fanatics in many ways, today brought one of the most predictable and expected announcements imaginable. Netflix has decided to confirm Stranger Things Season 3's future existence with an official renewal. Hawkins' mysterious and haunting legacy will continue in 2018 (and probably beyond, if we're being realistic).

As the streaming giant often does, Netflix went straight to the fans with its Stranger Things Season 3 news, initially posting a Twitter poll seeking everyone's interest level in making Season 3 a reality. And as you can imagine, there was immediate feedback. Rather than stretching the gag out, though, Netflix quickly soothed anxious minds by promising everyone another chance to see what kinds of doomsday monsters are lurking in the Upside Down, as well as how the surviving Season 2 characters will move on from the horrors and tragedies they experienced. But enough with the gloom. Let's celebrate Season 3!

Dammit, Netflix! You went and said "baby Darts" and brought up some emotions and now the gloom is back! (Here's what the creators recently told us about ol' Dart.) But still, we're staying strong because we know that Season 3 is going to give us even more new creatures and characters to (perhaps temporarily) fall in love with and create grand theories about.

What are we going to see in Season 3, though? We know that the Duffer brothers are interested in following up on that one standalone episode that completely polarized viewers, so that'll be interesting to see how those characters show up next. And we'll have to see how Eleven is coping with "normal" life, which will likely only last as long as the Mind Flayer remains just out of sight.

At this point, it's still too early to know when Stranger Things Season 3 would premiere. Considering Season 1 was a summer show, and Season 2 was geared toward Halloween, is it possible Season 3 will go a little deeper into the year for a Christmas-timed story? Knowing this show's influences, we might get to see a Sandy Lou Hoo and the Upside Down's version of the Grinch. (Probably called The Granch.) In any case, at least the writers know they've got work ahead.

Stranger Things Seasons 1 and 2 are currently available to watch on Netflix. To see what other new shows coming to the streaming giant and beyond, head to our 2017 Netflix schedule and our 2018 midseason premiere schedule.

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