Stranger Things: Despite the cheeky teaser, season 3 will be a lot darker, says producer

Netflix recently released a teaser of the upcoming season of Stranger Things, delivering plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor


                            Stranger Things: Despite the cheeky teaser, season 3 will be a lot darker, says producer

For fans of Netflix's sci-fi series 'Stranger Things,' it is going to be one nailbiting wait until the summer of 2019 before Eleven and friends return with more cycle-trotting adventure. In the meantime though, every update that comes our way from Hawkins, Indiana is more than welcome.

Most recently, the streaming service released a teaser of the upcoming season of the Duffer brothers-created series, delivering plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor. With the focus primarily on Hawkins’ latest Starcourt Mall, the clip appeared almost like a dragged advertisement of sorts, replete with '80s nostalgia — an element that has almost become synonymous with the show.

While plotlines laced in comedy and retro drama seem like signature elements of Netflix's 'Stranger Things', one must not mistake the humor to be the only highlight of the future episodes. If anything, season 3 is headed towards darker and action-packed parts of the narrative, according to executive producer Shawn Levy.

(L-R) Actors Gaten Matarazzo, Millie Bobby Brown, Sadie Sink, Finn Wolfhard and Caleb McLaughlin attend SiriusXM's 'Town Hall' cast of Stranger Things on SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio on November 1, 2017 in New York City.
(L-R) Actors Gaten Matarazzo, Millie Bobby Brown, Sadie Sink, Finn Wolfhard and Caleb McLaughlin attend SiriusXM's 'Town Hall' cast of Stranger Things on SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio on November 1, 2017 in New York City.

"It would be a mistake for anyone to think that season 3 is the summer of fun and lightness because it’s a whole lot more than that," Levy said in a recent interview adding that although the Starcourt Mall will be a centerpiece in the next season, it's not representative of everything that's in store for the bunch of Hawkins kids. 

"There’s no question that, as you saw in that infomercial, Starcourt Mall is a part of season 3. As is summertime. So season 3 has a really healthy dose of poppy, bright levity and cultural fun," dished Levy. "But I can only promise you that season 3 eventually goes places that are darker, and unquestionably more action-packed, than we’ve ever gone before."

The fun and frivolous, summery mood of the season has been emphasized more than once — previously by 'Stranger Things' star Finn Wolfhard (Mike) himself. 

"It’s set in 1985, in the summer. It’s the summer of love — that’s all I can say, really," Wolfhard told Us Weekly, sharing some early insight into the season. He most likely was referring to the budding romance between Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and his character or the newest couple on the block, Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Max (Sadie Sink). Whatever the "summer of love" means, it would certainly be delightful if 'Stranger Things' finally decide to shine the spotlight on a long-awaited romance -  Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) and Hopper (David Harbour).

Actors Winona Ryder and David Harbour attend the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_009
Actors Winona Ryder and David Harbour attend the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_009

"I think we’ll start to see him take more risks with these new languages of intimacy and vulnerability and maybe we’ll start to see that he has needs that he hasn’t expressed before," Harbour recently teased about his character. 

"That’s exciting to watch him open up in that way. Of course he’s going to fail and be horrible at it too, which is always fun as well."