The creators behind ‘Stranger Things’ confirm that season 3 will get an even bigger time jump…
When ‘Stranger Things’ debuted in 2016, the stars of the show were still very much kids and definitely looked and played the part but by the time season 2 filming got underway a funny thing happened.
They were all grown up.
Well not completely but considering the main stars of ‘Stranger Things’ are all kids, it’s natural that they are going to hit a growth spurt or in the case of some of the male actors, their voices changed dramatically between the first and second seasons.
According to ‘Stranger Things’ creators the Duffer brothers, they originally planned on the second season to pick up just after the end of season one after Will returned from the Upside Down and it was Christmas time. Unfortunately because so many of the actors had already aged between seasons, they were forced to jump ahead about 10 months and that’s what’s in store again for season 3.
During ‘Beyond Stranger Things’ — the post show that accompanied the series — the Duffer brothers already hinted that season 3 will see the four main boys on the show — Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Will — ready to enter high school.
While there’s no specific period of time confirmed yet, the Duffer brothers said in a separate interview that there will be a significant time jump because it’s required just based upon how old the actors will be when filming begins.
“It will have to be somewhat of a time gap, because the kids are, I mean, they already look so much older,” Ross Duffer explained. “No matter what we want to do, I remember when we were originally talking about Season 2, we wanted to just start it in Christmas and just go from there, but then we realized the kids are just too old, so we had to jump forward. Even the latest trailer, we had to loop a line with [Caleb McLaughlin, who plays Lucas]. He sounds like a man now. It creeps me out. He’s going to be driving to set next year.”
As far as future plans for ‘Stranger Things’ go, the Duffer brothers say they definitely have an end goal in mind but haven’t determined how long it will take to get there.
In the lead up to ‘Stranger Things’ season 2, the Duffer brothers mentioned the possibility of the show running four or five seasons to tell the story they intended and while they didn’t mention a specific number again, it’s clear there’s a point they plan to reach with the story and that will be the conclusion no matter how long it takes to get there.
“We have an end goal; we know where we want to go,” Ross Duffer said. “We’re not quite sure how long it will take to get there, but we do have a plan. And some of it, it’s just because Season 2, we just came into it with so many ideas, and so many of them have been kicked further down the road. So we’re gonna use some of those. In [our Season 2 brainstorm], we figured out what that ending is, but it’ll take more than one year to get there.”
‘Stranger Things’ season 2 is now streaming on Netflix.