Stranger Things has come a long way since it initially premiered back in 2016, and that’s never been more clear than in the new trailer for Season 3 that Netflix released today. A lot has happened to Eleven and her friends, and it seems Season 3 will see the gang fighting against the most dangerous and menacing threat so far.
The new Season 3 trailer, which Netflix says is the final one, is riddled with spoilers about previous events, so steer clear if you’re not caught up.
Season 3 is set in Hawkins, Indiana in the summer of 1985–and yes, elements of the period such as New Coke will appear. In addition to the evil alien threat they’re facing, Eleven and company are learning more about one another. Here is the official description for Season 3:
“School’s out, there’s a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood. Romance blossoms and complicates the group’s dynamic, and they’ll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart. Meanwhile, danger looms. When the town’s threatened by enemies old and new, Eleven and her friends are reminded that evil never ends; it evolves. Now they’ll have to band together to survive, and remember that friendship is always stronger than fear.”
Stranger Things Season 3 premieres July 4 on Netflix. All of the main cast return for Season 3, along with Princess Bride star Cary Elwes who plays the sleazy politician Mayor Kline. There’s also the offspring of some ’80s stars; Jake Busey, son of Point Break star Gary Busey, will play a journalist named Bruce, while Maya Thurman-Hawke (daughter of Uma and Ethan) is set to play a character named Robin.