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New teaser for Stranger Things Season 3 rings in the new year with premiere date announcement and poster debut

By Josh Weiss
Stranger Things Season 2

Netflix wasted no time in celebrating 2019 by releasing a brand-new teaser for the third season of Stranger Things, which will take place over the summer of 1985.

The trailer, which flits between archive footage of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve from 1985 and eerie lines of computer code, reveals that Season 3 will premiere on the most patriotic of all American holidays, July 4.

By watching the aforementioned code, one can make out the following enigmatic message at the 14-second mark: "When blue and yellow meet in the west..." This is soon followed up by a terminal commands page for Lynx Corp. (is it yet another shady organization with ties to the supernatural in Hawkins, Indiana?) with a request to run a program called "SilverCatFeeds."

Check out the teaser below:

The new season also got its first official poster, which finds our young protagonists taking in a fireworks display on America's 209th birthday, a brightly lit amusement park/carnival shining in the distance.

Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), and Max (Sadie Sink) are all enthralled by the colorful explosions, but Will (Noah Schnapp) and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) seem distracted and worried by something behind the group, creeping red tendrils that can't signify anything good for the town.

Meanwhile, Mike (Finn Wolfhard) is looking over at Eleven, the girl he finally smooched at the prom at the end of Season 2. Is their relationship on the rocks? Mike's sideways glance makes us think that is most certainly the case.

Here's the poster, its tagline being "One summer can change everything."

Stranger Things Season 3 poster

Stranger Things 3's setting is basically a nostalgia freebie for the horror/sci-fi series, as the summer of 1985 saw the theatrical releases of major pop culture classics such as The Goonies, Explorers, and, of course, Back to the Future. In terms of musical choices, you can most likely expect some Tears for Fears, Talking Heads, a-ha, Mötley Crüe, and The Cure.