Here’s Why Stranger Things Season 3 Won’t Debut Until Next Winter

Here’s Why Stranger Things Season 3 Won’t Debut Until Next Winter

The boys from Stranger Things. Image: Netflix

Appearing at this weekend’s Television Critics’ Association press event, Netflix talked about when we should expect to see more Stranger Things, and why the wait is so long.

According to Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of Original Content, the third season of Stranger Things, set in 1985, won’t be premiering until next winter Australia time, and for a good reason: the Duffer Brothers want it to be better, and larger, than the last one.

“Well, it’s a hand-crafted show,” Holland said, as reported by The Wrap.

“You know, the Duffer Brothers and Shawn Levy have worked really hard and they understand the stakes are high. They want to deliver something bigger and better than what they did last year. And so, they really want to take the time to get it right. I think it’s gonna be a fantastic season, it’s gonna be worth the wait.”

That’s disappointing news for the impatient, but a longer lead time on this sort of work is almost always good news for the cast and crew seeking to make a quality product. And since our own response to season 2 was a little mixed, here’s hoping this will give everyone involved the chance to put out a stronger final product.


  • More than just the cast and crew, it’s good news for the audience because they’ve had time to write their best work.

    Seasons 1 and 2 of True Detective are good examples of this. You hurry the process and the story suffers.

    • Re: True Detective, I didn’t hate season 2, but there’s no way it reaches the heights season 1 did. I mean they were completely different of course, with part 1 being a brilliant mish mash of noir, nihilistic fantasy and detective work and season 2 was a straight up police procedural. That didn’t help at all. However, season 3 thankfully has taken so long, that I’m really, really eager to see now how it turns out 🙂

      As for Stranger Things, I disagree with Kotaku that season 2 was weaker, I felt it was the equal of season 1, easily. I found it fascinating, well done and a great followup. But I’m glad they’re taking their time, 15 months the first time, 2 years this time, like you said, quality needs to be ensured.

    • Fargo is another case in point. It doesn’t run to a fixed schedule or release date, they just take the time to get it right each time.

  • Not too much on the horizon with Netflix this year. I’ll renew next year then 🙂

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