Things won’t be returning to normal in Hawkins, Indiana anytime soon. Following reports that Ross and Matt Duffer will conclude Stranger Things after Season 3, Netflix officially issued a statement confirming that the Duffer brothers are not walking away from the hit show after three seasons.
The streaming giant shared a message on Twitter that confirmed the Duffer brothers aren’t going anywhere. The tweet featured a GIF of Season 2’s breakout character, Erica (Priah Ferguson), with the caption: “Don’t drop your Eggos. Rumors that the Duffer Bros are leaving Stranger Things after season 3 are false.”
Stranger Things has quickly become one of the most popular shows on Netflix. Last fall, after the release of Season 2, the Duffer brothers opened up about the show’s future. Matt and Ross admitted that other networks had courted them for new shows, but they assured fans that they are committed to finishing Stranger Things in the right way.
The brothers are currently working on Season 3 of Stranger Things, which is expected to premiere sometime in 2019.
The Netflix announcement comes amid rumors that Matt and Ross were planning on taking a step back from the show. Inside sources claimed that the brothers only wanted to direct the Season 3 premiere and finale, leaving most of work to their team of writers and producers.
If the series extended beyond the third season, the sources revealed that Matt and Ross would be credited as executive producers, but their actual involvement in the show would be minimal.
The insiders also revealed that Duffer’s deal with Netflix required two more shows in addition to Stranger Things.
The time spent working on the other projects was said to be the main reason behind their decision to walk away.
The two also have been reportedly meeting with Hollywood movie companies to direct a film, which would also require their time and attention.
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Fortunately, it sounds like all the rumors are unfounded. Not only are the Duffer brothers returning in full force for Season 3, but they have big plans to continue the show on Netflix for the foreseeable future. Given the success of the first two seasons, the plan to remain on Netflix is pretty much a no brainer.
As far as Season 3 is concerned, little is known about the main plot. We do know that the season will include 8 episodes, which matches the output of Season 1. We also know that Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) will get a break this season and won’t be the Upside Down’s main target.
Beyond that, the Duffer brothers are keeping a tight lid on the plot details and probably won’t release too much information until later this year.
Netflix has not announced an official premiere date for the new season of Stranger Things. Production is not scheduled to begin until April, and the series is expected to return in early 2019.