‘Stranger Things 3′ debuts on Independence Day, but it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas with all the goodies Netflix is gifting fans with, in anticipation to the return of this supernatural hit. Then again, after the show sat out 2018 entirely, maybe it’s the least they could do. The latest presents are thirteen new character posters, which emphasize the 4th of July theme of the episodes, but despite the festive fireworks in the background, the characters all look suitably terrified. Well, everyone but Erica, Lucas’ sassy sister portrayed by Priah Ferguson. She’s over it.
The summer setting of Season 3 differentiates the new season from the first two, which were all set in the fall. But, if we’ve learned anything, it’s that this summer will still be filled with chills. After all, the Mind Flayer was shown to still have its sights set on Hawkins at the end of Season 2.
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Another shift is the time setting. While the two previous seasons were set in 1983 and ’84, the new set of episodes lands squarely in 1985, the heart of the Me Decade, and all the hideous fashions that came with it. Consider yourself warned as you check out these new character posters:
Yep, Nancy got a perm!
Ferguson debuted in a couple of episodes in Season 2 but has been bumped up to a series regular for Season 3. She will also be joined by a few peers her age. The harsh reality is that the “kids” that founded ‘Stranger Things’ are growing up, so if this show is going to continue at its current pace, they’re going to be older teenagers soon, which may cause the show to lose part of its “Losers’ Club” charm. It looks as though the Duffer Brothers are preparing for that by introducing a new crop of younger characters.
In addition to Ferguson, Maya Thurman Hawke has joined as Robin, Steve’s co-worker at the Scoops Ahoy ice cream parlor located at the new Starcourt Mall in Hawkins.
Beyond that… do we really want to know? Nah!
‘Stranger Things 3’ arrives on Netflix on July 4.