Stranger Things 3 episode count revealed

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Feb 10, 2018, 6:26 PM EST (Updated)

Things are about to get a little less strange in Hawkins. TV Line has reported that Season 3 of Stranger Things will only be eight episodes. This is less than Season 2's nine episodes, but on par with Season 1's eight-episode lineup. This is not too surprising, though, as series producer Shawn Levy said a couple of weeks ago he thought it would be an "eight- or nine-episode season."

Alas, we know precious little else about Stranger Things Season 3. Levy promised that they will "give Will a break" in the upcoming season. After being trapped in the Upside Down in Season 1, and infected by the Mind Flayer in Season 2, Will has dealt with a lot more than most kids his age.

The other thing fans can look forward to is the show being set a year later. With the time it takes to film a season, and the rate at which kids age, creator Matt Duffer explained the time jump. "It forces the show to evolve and change, because the kids are changing," he told The Hollywood Reporter last year. "It's cool, though. The audience is going to be able to watch these kids come of age every year. The closest example is Harry Potter. Watching those kids and actors grow up in front of the camera was, to me, very powerful."

The time jump means that Season 3 will be set in 1985. Stranger Things is known for referencing popular films of the time. Season 1 referenced everything from E.T. to A Nightmare on Elm Street. Season 2 was notable for featuring a lot of Ghostbusters references. What might Season 3 bring? 1985 saw the release of Back to the Future, The Goonies, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Teen Wolf, and Fright Night -- just to name a few classic films. You could easily see Will, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, and Eleven dressing up as the Goonies for Halloween. Nancy, Jonathan, and Steve would make great versions of Claire, John, and Andrew from The Breakfast Club. Max is a rebel; she would probably go as Marty McFly or Doc Brown.

If it keeps with tradition, Stranger Things 3 will hit Netflix in time for Halloween this year, but there has been talk of a 2019 release too.

What kind of 1985 cultural references are you looking forward to in Stranger Things Season 3?