Happy New Year!  ‘Stranger Things’ rang in 2019 by taking things back to 1985 with the new clip above and the release of a poster to announce the release date of ‘Stranger Things 3’.  The first two seasons took place in the fall and included references to the start of the school year and Halloween.  But as we’ve known for a while, ‘Stranger Things 3’ will be set in the summer, with the kids hanging out at the local pool and Steve getting a job at the new Starcourt Mall.

In fact, it is the Starcourt Mall that sponsored the airing of ‘Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve’ featured in the new video.  But as it plays, the broadcast keeps getting interrupted by distortion and the glimpse of a vintage ’80s computer screen.  If you freeze the images, one screen includes the hidden message “When blue and yellow meet in the west,” followed by the command “Run program: Silver cat feeds.exe.”  The final computerized image reveals the line “One summer can change everything” which is also featured on the new poster and appears to be the tagline for the new season.  Let the speculation begin as to what these cryptic messages mean.

Check out the poster below:

The first two installments of ‘Stranger Things’ arrived in late October to coincide with Halloween, but as you can see the new season premiers on July 4, Independence Day, another major holiday, and one fitting with the show’s summer backdrop.  As shown in the poster, while Dustin, Lucas, and Max are simply enjoying the fireworks, Will and Eleven are distracted by whatever new danger threatens Hawkins.

Like the first two batches, Season Three consists of eight episodes.  The titles for the episodes were revealed a few weeks ago:

  1. “Suzie, Do You Copy?”
  2. “The Mallrats”
  3. “The Case of the Missing Lifeguard”
  4. “The Sauna Test”
  5. “The Source”
  6. “The Birthday”
  7. “The Bite”
  8. “The Battle of Starcourt”

‘Stranger Things 3’ will welcome new cast members Cary Elwes as Hawkins’ Mayor Larry Kline, while Jake Busey portrays Bruce, a reporter for the Hawkins Post, who has “questionable morals.”  Maya Hawke comes on board as Robin, an edgy teen who works with Steve at the Scoops Ahoy ice cream parlor, while Francesca Reale stars as Heather, a lifeguard at the public pool.  (Something tells me, she will play an important role in Episode 3.)  In addition, Priah Ferguson, who portrayed Lucas’ sister Erica, has been elevated to series regular.

Are you ready to head back to Hawkins?

Source: TV Line