Stranger Things 3 won’t be released until 2019, but there are already a lot of hints about what’s going to happen in the third season of the Netflix hit. With the release of a teaser about a new mall that’s moving into town, it looks like Hawkins is about to get even more interesting. The Stranger Things teaser is light on straightforward facts, and heavy on Easter eggs that may offer insight into what’s coming in the penultimate season of the show. Obviously it’s going to partially take place in a mall, but what other hints does the teaser offer?
The creators and actors involved with the show have let a lot of tasty morsels about Stranger Things season three slip in various interviews, but their comments are just a piece of the story. Taking their quotes, along with hints from the teaser and a couple of well thought-out fan theories, we’ve pieced together everything there is to know (for now) about the third season of Stranger Things.
The Eight Episode Titles Tease Possible Breakups And A Mall Battle
Stranger Things has released all eight titles for its Season 3 arc, and they offer a speculative tease of some of the drama that might unfold. The first, “Suzie, Do You Copy?", is an immediate question mark, since nobody by that name has yet appeared in the show.
The other seven episode titles, in order, are "The Mall Rats," "The Case Of The Missing Lifeguard," "The Sauna Test," "The Source," "The Birthday," "The Bite," and "The Battle Of Starcourt." While we already know the upcoming season will revolve around teenage mall life in 1985, "The Battle of Starcourt" indicates the season may culminate in some sort of climactic crash.
Additionally, one writer pointed out that "The Mall Rats" may be a nod to Kevin Smith's movie Mallrats, in which two characters get broken up with by their partners and cope by spending time at the mall.
The Starcourt Mall Is A Major New Location
If there's one thing to be gleaned from the Season 3 teaser dropped in July 2018, it's that much of the action will take place at the brand new Starcourt Mall. Of course, the teaser could also be a total bluff and we're going back to the rotten pumpkin patch from Season 2.
One fan theory says the mall was built over the land that once housed the Hawkins Lab. According to Redditor u/AppalachianCentrist2, the Upside Down is going to permeate the mall and infect it with a Poltergeist style scare-fest.
Steve Has A New Job
The teaser also reveals that Steve has a job at an ice cream shop in the food court, Scoops Ahoy. While it's a funny visual to see Steve in his sailor costume, it's likely that this is a nod to a plot point from the upcoming season.
Redditor /u/gf120581 believes that the ice cream from Scoops Ahoy may be a way to spread the Upside Down's virus, similar to how The Stuff in The Stuff is used to turn people into mindless zombies.
Time Travel May Be In Play
There are a few different clues that time travel might come into play in the third season. First, there are a lot of shots of clocks in the mall teaser. Second, David Harbour said something in a June 2018 interview with Deadline along those lines:
If you’re a real fan of Stranger Things and you really want to know [about Season 3], I would go look at the great films that were released in ’85... I think it is a specific season to 1985, and so you’ll see references to that... We’re experimenting a lot this season, and we’re taking risks, and I hope that they pay off but they are risks. We’re going into territories we’ve never been to before, and it’s exciting.
1985 was a huge year for genre films, including Back to the Future – a movie that's all about time travel.