What to Expect In Season 3 of Stranger Things

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Stranger Things 2 premiered only a month ago on Netflix, but the fans of the series are already excited about the next installment. Writing, shooting, and creating the special effects for Season 2 took the Duffer Brothers, Ross and Matt, about 15 months. With the rise in demand for actors like Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, and David Harbour, each of whom star in future projects such as Godzilla: King of Monsters, IT Chapter 2, and Hellboy, it may take even longer for the Duffer Brothers to organize a time to begin filming Season 3. At this rate, it’s likely that fans of the supernatural series will not get to see a third season until 2019. To tide you over, here are a few events that are likely to happen in Season 3.

  1. Eleven vs. The Mind Flayer

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One of the looming questions for Season 3 is this: will we ever see the Mind Flayer again now that the gateway to the Upside Down has been closed? After watching the Season 2 finale, the answer seems to be a resounding yes. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ross Duffer states, “They’ve shut the door on the Mind Flayer, but not only is it still there in the Upside Down, it’s very much aware of the kids, and particularly Eleven. It had not encountered her and her powers until that final episode. Now, it knows that she’s out there. We wanted to end on a little bit of an ominous note.” And that certainly was the case when Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Mike (Finn Wolfhard) danced to the 80’s hit song “Every Breath You Take” by The Police at The Snow Ball before segueing into the Upside Down where the Mind Flayer is watching Eleven closely. It’s clear from that last scene that we have not seen the last of the Mind Flayer and neither has Eleven.

2. Frozen Demodog Leftovers 

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Leave it to Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) to want to preserve a dead demodog. After Eleven is reunited with her friends, there is a very strange scene where Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) and Dustin shove a dead demodog into Joyce’s refrigerator. This scene was so odd and out of place that it would be impossible for it not to be important in the future. Even in the “One Month Later” flash-forward, there’s no mention of the demodog again, leaving it’s fate a mystery to fans. Despite how it may reappear, either as a resurrected villain or a studied specimen at the Hawkins Lab (although, we were told it was shut down), it is certain that we will see this demodog again.

3. Upside Down Allergies

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The next question that fans will ask is, how will the Mind Flayer make its way back to Hawkins now that the gateway to the Upside Down is shut? As we’ve seen in Season 2, the Mind Flayer was able to use Will (Noah Schnapp) as a host to enter their dimension from the Upside Down. The Mind Flayer may do this again now that two characters have come into direct contact with Upside Down pollen: Dustin and Hopper. While Dustin was exploring the underground tunnels that ran throughout Hawkins, he was showered with Upside Down pollen, but his face was covered with a bandana. It’s unlikely then that Dustin will serve as a pawn, but Hopper (David Harbour) may be less lucky. Hopper was sprayed twice in the face, sans bandana, making him the most likely character to branch a connection to the Upside Down in Season 3.

4. The Return of Papa

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In Stranger Things Season 1, fans were led to believe that Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine) was killed off by the Demogorgon. However, as we learned in Season 2, that may not be the case. In the episode “Chapter 7: The Lost Sister,” Kali (Linnea Berthelsen), Eleven’s psionic sister, takes Eleven to Chicago in her quest to murder one of Dr. Brenner’s goons named Ray. As Kali is urging Eleven to kill Ray (Pruitt Taylor Vince), he pretty much confirms that Dr. Brenner is still alive. While it may be easy to discredit the word of a man who used to torture children, it’ll be harder to ignore the words of the creators of the show, the Duffer Brothers.

The Duffer Brothers confessed that fans have not seen the last of Dr. Brenner. In an interview with IGN, Matt Duffer said, “I would say that if we were going to kill Brenner… as an audience member watching the show, if that was his death, that would be very unsatisfying to me— when the monster jumps on him and we cut away. He would deserve much more than that as an ending. So yes, there’s a possibility of seeing him again.” In Season 3, we should definitely expect a battle of the papas, with Hopper in one corner as Eleven’s new adoptive father, and Dr. Brenner, her possible biological father, in the other.

5. One Happy Family  

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Little hints have been implied since Season 1 that Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Hopper would one day get together, and Season 2 is no different. For those of you who are depressed that Bob Newby (Sean Astin), superhero and all around awesome guy, was mistaken for a three musketeer’s candy bar and fed to a demodog, don’t be; you had to know he wasn’t going to last long once he was labeled as Joyce’s love interest, especially since the writers have paved the way for Hopper to be her next hubby.

In a television series that follows suburban life, family is an important value, so it makes sense that their goals beyond fighting Demogorgons, would involve finding their families. When it was revealed in Season 1 that Hopper’s daughter Sara died from cancer, Eleven then became his legal daughter in Season 2. What’s missing from Joyce’s family can easily be found in Hopper, who has been a father figure for Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) and Will since Season 1, making him the natural choice to be a new addition to the Byer’s family in Season 3.

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