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How Stranger Things Season 3 Is Changing Up The Plot

Will in Stranger Things 2

There are few new TV shows that are quite as popular as Netflix's Stranger Things. The sci-fi period piece debuted in the summer of 2016, and despite little to no marketing, it quickly became the hit of the season. As such, anticipation for the show's second season was at an all time high when it premiered this past October. Luckily, Stranger Things 2 delivered a complicated story that expanded the world of Hawkins, Indiana. While it's unclear exactly when the show's third season will arrive, we've got some more details about it's plot moving forward. Director and producer Shawn Levy recently revealed some of Stranger Things 3's contents, specifically what's changing for Will Byers.

We're going to give Will a break. We're not going to put Will through hell for a third season in a row. He'll be dealing with stuff, but he won't be at rock bottom the way we forced the amazing Noah Schnapp to play.

After two seasons of being in mortal danger, it looks like Will is finally going to be let off the hook. While all of the character in Stranger Things deal with paranormal activities related to The Upside Down, Season 3 won't be about Will once again needing saving. This will allow Noah Schnapp to become a regular member of the ensemble, and perhaps Will and Eleven will finally share a scene together.

Shawn Levy also teased a few small details to Glamour. Although Stranger Things fans may have an idea about what's next for the motley crew of characters, Levy believes we're all in for plenty of surprises. When asked if the same evil forces might take a new target in the form of Hopper or Dustin, he said:

You might assume that, but you would probably end up being wrong. We're [going to be] dealing with forces of evil that are new.

Now this is exciting. While we all know that the Mindflayer is seriously pissed and watching its enemies in Hawkins, there will be plenty of new evil forces at play when Stranger Things returns for its third season. Now the question is: what could possibly be bigger than the shadow monster?

Finally, Shawn Levy teased where the writing process currently is for the show's third season. While fans are eager for a new season ASAP, it looks like everyone involved is taking their time to craft the best possible story. He said,

If we could make it [return] faster, then we would. But we're going to make it well. We're going to do it right. We're there. It'll be an eight- or nine-episode season. The number of episodes will be dictated by the amount of story that excites us. We now know what is going to happen in season three to every character.

Alas, it looks like we'll just have to sit and wait for more Stranger Things episodes to eventually arrive. But if the show's third season can deliver as much as Stranger Things 2, we're in for a treat.

CinemaBlend will update you on all Stranger Things details are they become public. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch, and our cancellation list to see if your favorite show got the chop last year.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.