How many episodes will there be in Stranger Things Season 3?
Executive Producer Shawn Levy has revealed the episode count of the new series to Glamour. “We’re there. It’ll be an eight or nine-episode season. The number of episodes will be dictated by the amount of story that excites us. We now know what is going to happen in season three to every character.” TV Line later confirmed that it will be eight episodes.
Netflix released a video officially announcing start of production on the new episodes, giving us a look at the first table read:
But how many episodes are we getting to binge? Back in January 2018, Levy revealed that this would be an eight or nine episode season.
“The number of episodes will be dictated by the amount of story that excites us. We now know what is going to happen in season three to every character,” he confirmed.
Reports surfaced in February that the new season would indeed run to eight episodes (one less than the previous run), which was officially confirmed in April. As with the previous two seasons, the Duffer Brothers will direct the first two episodes, with Levy directing the third and the fourth.
Netflix officially renewed Stranger Things for season three on December 1, but didn’t confirm either the episode count or when exactly the show would return.
The first season dropped in July 2016, but Netflix had commissioned the second before it even landed. Season two was timed to coincide with Halloween, and came out in late October 2017. Given that the third season didn’t start filming until spring 2018, that could mean waiting until 2019 to see it.
Will Stranger Things Season 3 be the final episodes?
Judging by the comments by The Duffer Brothers to Vulture, they’re “thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out”. So as Season 3 progresses, we’re likely to see some kind of end-game for the show starting to rear its head.
Linnea Berthelsen – who plays Kali aka Eight – doesn’t think that Season 2 episode, ‘The Lost Sister’, is a set-up for a spin-off show. “I don’t think so. I love the rest of the gang, I think it would be so much fun to see more of them, but I honestly don’t think so.”