Netflix announced Friday that its breakout series by Matt and Ross Duffer “Stranger Things” will be returning for a third season.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series was renewed for a another season, but just how soon fans will see a return to the Upside Down world is still unclear. (RELATED: ‘Stranger Things’ Is Coming Back For A Second Season [VIDEO])
While Netflix–like other streaming sites–refused to release actual viewership numbers, according to Nielsen 15.8 million people watched the premiere of the second season. The bonus for Netflix, was that close to 11 million of them were in the key demographic of ages 18-49 years old.
The supernatural 80s-themed series has been the site’s biggest franchise, raking in a total of 18 Emmy nominations and taking home five.
“Stranger Things” Season 2 nine-episodes came out just a few days before Halloween and one of the earliest episodes centered around the kids dressed up as Ghostbusters at school.
The time difference on the show between the return to the Upside Down world was just under a year. The season ended with the Snow Ball Dance and a shot from the other world of the creature known as the Mind Flayer looming over the Hawkins middle school.
According to the report, fans should not expect the same formula for Season 3 as the creators shared that there will be some time jump due to the nature of the young cast.
“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” Matt Duffer previously explained to the outlet. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three.”
“It provides certain challenges,” he added. “You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. But what I like is that it makes you evolve the show. It forces the show to evolve and change, because the kids are changing. Even if we wanted it to be static and we wanted to continually recycle the same storyline–and we don’t–we would be unable to, just because the kids are changing. It’s cool, though.”