While Season 3 of Netflix mega-hit Stranger Things hasn’t even begun filming yet, the showrunners are already confirming the season’s details.

Before filming begins in April, executive producer Shawn Levy shared with The Hollywood Reporter, some new details about the forthcoming season at last weekend’s PaleyFest, where cast and crew made an appearance.

First – the delay between Season 2 and Season 3 will only be one year in screentime, which puts next season firmly in the summer of 1985. For Back to the Future fans, this is a particularly significant date, something that Levy promises will be included in Season 3’s ‘80s film influences.

For all the shippers out there, Levy has also promised that the young couples – Mike and Eleven, and Max and Lucas – are still “going strong.” Not only this, but Season 3 will also bring more of a fan-favourite Season 2 trope, which delighted audiences everywhere – “Dad Steve.”

Levy explained:

“We’ll definitely get to see some more of Steve Harrington in season three, and I’ll just say we won’t be abandoning the Dad Steve magic. I don’t want to say much more, but I literally feel that we were walking along and we stumbled onto a gold mine with Dad Steve.”

Elsewhere, BBC Little Women star, May Thurman-Hawke will join the series in the role of Robin, “an alternative girl who is equal parts sharp and playful.” There is also rumoured to be more cast additions in the form of Hawkins’ Mayor, a crooked reporter, and an elderly woman.

More on Stranger Things Season 3 when we have it.

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