Stranger Things Season 3 Trailer Breakdown: 25 Secrets & Reveals
Stranger Things season 3 finally arrives on Netflix this summer, and the latest trailer is absolutely packed with tantalizing hints and reveals of what’s still to come in the story. The show follows a group of plucky kids and teens as they try to survive the freaky goings-on in their small town of Hawkins, Indiana, which is plagued by a connection to a monster-filled realm called the Upside-Down.
Set for release on July 4, Stranger Things season 2 is all about a summer of changes in Hawkins, as the young group of friends – Mike, Will, Dustin, Lucas, Max, and Eleven – start to put their childhoods behind them and embrace adolescence. However, while Eleven may have temporarily banished the terrifying beast known as the Mind Flayer, the Upside-Down isn’t done with them yet. The upcoming season will bring new characters, new monsters, and new mysteries… as well as an impressive new shopping destination called the Starcourt Mall.
Set to The Who’s classic song “Baba O’Riley,” the first full-length trailer for Stranger Things season 3 is full of exciting and intriguing shots, powerful character moments, and promises of terrors to come. Let’s break it down.
25. Welcome Home, Dustin
The Stranger Things season 3 trailer kicks off with Dustin returning from a summer camp called Camp Know Where, and his T-shirt is a handy reminder that this season is set in the summer of 1985. Dustin at first seems dejected that only Yertle the Turtle is happy to have him back, but unbeknownst to him, his friends have actually planned a surprise welcome party. Eleven uses her powers to move Dustin’s toys (including a little R2-D2 action figure) and lure him out of his room so that they can sneak up on him… but it’s probably not a good idea to do that to someone who has been traumatized by monster attacks. This sequence ends with Lucas getting a face full of Farrah Fawcett hair spray.
24. The Aerial
After the slightly botched welcome party (you can tell it’s the same day because of the characters’ outfits), the gang head up to the top of a hill overlooking Hawkins to construct a radio aerial. This location looks like the same one that was featured on the poster for Stranger Things season 3, so it’s clearly important. The aerial could be designed to amplify the gang’s walkie-talkies so that they can communicate across a longer distance, or may be a way of attempting to eavesdrop on secret government agency messages related to the upside down. Later in the trailer, during Mike’s “We’re not kids any more” speech, Dustin is left standing by the aerial at night, looking melancholy, while Lucas and Max run down the hill.
23. Meet the Lifeguards
Max’s handsome but creepy older brother Billy was introduced as a minor antagonist in Stranger Things season 2, and in season 3 he gets a job working as a lifeguard at Hawkins Pool – a decision that apparently proves very popular with women of all ages. In this trailer, we see Billy making eye contact with Heather, a new addition to the cast played by Francesca Reale, who is described as “a popular lifeguard at the Hawkins Community Pool who becomes the centerpiece of a dark mystery.” A previous teaser for Stranger Things season 3 revealed that episode 3 is titled, “The Case of the Missing Lifeguard,” so presumably Heather is the lifeguard who goes missing. Does Billy have something to do with her disappearance?
22. Jim Hopper’s Date With… Joyce?
There’s a curious shot in the first half of the trailer that shows Chief Jim Hopper sitting alone at a table for two in a restaurant, lighting a cigarette. This is immediately followed by a shot of Joyce at home, also eating dinner by herself, possibly implying that she stood Jim up for a date. The two characters have had romantic tension since season 1, but have yet to do anything about it, and many fans are rooting for them to get together. It’s worth noting that Hopper is wearing the same shirt in this shot that he is later seen wearing at the fair with Joyce, so they do end up getting together (and getting into mortal danger) on this date night.
21. A Very Dorky Greeting
The unlikely friendship between Steve and Dustin was one of the best elements of Stranger Things season 2, and the dream team is back in season 3. Steve now has a job working at ice cream parlor Scoops Ahoy (the first teaser for this season showed him taking part in an awkward Starcourt Mall commercial), along with new cast addition Robin, played by Maya Hawke. Robin is described as, “an alternative girl who is equal parts sharp and playful. Bored with her mundane day job, she just wants a little excitement in her life… and gets more than she bargained for when she uncovers a dark secret in Hawkins.” Robin isn’t impressed by Steve and Dustin’s greeting, which appears throughout the trailer and seems very elaborate.
20. Nancy and Jonathan at the Hawkins Post
An establishing shot in the trailer shows the offices of a local newspaper, The Hawkins Post, followed by a shot of a smartly-dressed Nancy and Jonathan waiting in the reception area. Since it’s summer, the two of them may well be there to apply for internships or part-time jobs. They may also be there to meet Jake Busey’s character, Bruce, who is a reporter at The Hawkins Post – or perhaps they’re even there on some kind of fact-finding mission. Whatever they’re there for, both of them look pretty nervous.