Netflix has renewed its breakout supernatural drama Strangers Things for a third season.
Season 2 was released on Oct. 27, and continued the Duffer Brothers' series, which centers on the residents of Hawkins, Indiana, as they investigate the strange occurrences that have plagued the town.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nielsen data cited 15.8 million viewers streamed the second season within the first three days of its release, and 361,000 Netflix subscribers completed the season within 24 hours of its debut.
The Duffer Brothers indicated in October that work on Season 3 was already under way. Co-creator Ross Duffer previously stated that juggling multiple storylines, including Will Byers' connection to the dark realm called the Upside Down and the introduction of new monsters, will remain key to maintaining the franchise’s momentum.
“The hardest thing with this story is that we were tracking these multiple storylines and having them sort of build about at the same pace as to crescendo at the same time. It’s always the hardest part as we move into writing. Like we’re starting on Season 3 now, it’s always the most difficult thing just to get those to build simultaneously,” he said. “It’s always a challenge, and so we’re still learning. I mean, we’re trying to do this eight-hour, nine-hour movie so to get that pacing just right, you know, it’s always hard.”
His brother Matt Duffer revealed that while the show wasn’t “built to sustain like 10 seasons,” they were already mapping out a way towards the end of the popular Netflix series. “We have an ending in mind, you know what I mean? We think we know where we want it to end basically, we’re not sure how long it’s going to take to get there,” he added. “If a lot of people continue to watch the show that’s not reason enough to do another season. There has to be a narrative reason for it to exist. Mostly we have to be excited about it and actors and everyone involved who give so much of their time over the show have to be excited about it.”
Currently airing on Netflix, the second season of Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, Matthew Modine, Noah Schnapp, Joe Keery, Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery.