SPOILER ALERT: Some of the information below may be considered SPOILERS for Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things 3’, so proceed with caution.
Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things 3’ ends on a note that obviously sets up another season, but could that really be it? Perhaps, as the show’s creators Matt and Ross Duffer and executive producer Shawn Levy feel that the story is winding up to its logical conclusion.
Last April, Levy told Collider:
“I mean I will say we have a good sense of stuff that happens in Season Four. Season Four is definitely happening. There’s very much the possibility of a season beyond that one, that’s currently undecided.”
In Season Three, there is a flashback to Season One, and it’s remarkable how quickly “the kids” have aged. They’re all taller and lankier. Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) has lost a lot of his baby fat. Will (Noah Schnapp), once the runt of the pack, is now taller than many of his co-stars and has a noticeably deeper voice. At some point, the ‘Stand By Me’/’Goonies’-esque charm of kids going on an adventure will be lost, when their coming-of-age story reaches its destination and they’re young adults.
In a 2017 feature for Vulture, the show’s creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, stated that at that time, they saw Season 4 as the likely conclusion.
Ross: “We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out.”
Matt: “We just have to keep adjusting the story. Though I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year.”
Ross: “They’re going to have to get the fuck out of this town! It’s ridiculous!”
However, there’s no rule that states that Hawkins is the only weak spot between this world and the Upside Down. In fact, we now know for a fact that it isn’t. And by the end of Season Three, the cast, now larger than ever before, is spread beyond the confines of Hawkins. (There have already been excursions outside of the town in both Season One and Two.) And for the first time, the chaos is so heavy that people other than the core cast are starting to notice and despite the efforts of the government, this is getting to be too much to cover up.
Are you looking forward to a massive fourth and final season of ‘Stranger Things’ to wrap this story up? Or do you wish the producers would just keep going for years to come?