Stranger Things Season 3 will be shorter than the rest
The inevitable drip of information about Stranger Things season three has begun, starting with the episode count.
The season will shrink back down to eight episodes long, from nine episodes in season two. And it's not as if we'll be getting those eight episodes this year — star David Harbour says we won't get to see season three until 2019.
Though there’s no word yet on the exact release date, one factor discourages the show’s creators from taking their sweet time: The cast is primarily made up of children, and children tend to age rapidly. As co-creator Matt Duffer told The Hollywood Reporter last fall:
Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They're going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can't start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump.
But what I like is that it makes you evolve the show. It forces the show to evolve and change, because the kids are changing. Even if we wanted it to be static and we wanted to continually recycle the same storyline — and we don't — we would be unable to, just because the kids are changing. It's cool, though. The audience is going to be able to watch these kids come of age every year.
Here's to 2019.