Last December, Stranger Things star David Harbour said in an interview that the show likely wouldn’t return for its third season until sometime in 2019, and a recent faux commercial for a new mall in Hawkins hinted at a summer 2019 release. During a presentation at this year’s Television Critics Association press tour, Netflix executives confirmed a delay but said that it’ll be “worth the wait.”
During today’s TCA presentation, Netflix’s vice president of original content Cindy Holland noted that the the show’s creators, Matt and Ross Duffer and Shawn Levy, were aware of the expectations for the next season of the supernatural show and said that “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.” Holland also indicated that the next season will have some more extensive special effects than prior seasons. The streaming service didn’t reveal a release date for the season.
Netflix renewed the show for a third season a year ago before the second had aired. While last year’s outing didn’t quite match up with the first, Stranger Things is still one of the streaming service’s biggest draws. But while the show’s first two seasons aired in consecutive years, this next season appears to be destined for a 2019 release (along with the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones).