The third season of Stranger Things is set to debut in July 2019, but there are already lots of hints about how things may go down. Netflix released a teaser featuring a new mall, which is about to make Hawkins even more interesting. The Stranger Things trailer is light on facts and heavy on Easter eggs offering insight into what’s coming in this next installment of the show. The new mall has a role to play, but what other hints does the teaser offer?
Stranger Things showrunners and actors have let tasty morsels slip about Stranger Things Season 3 in various interviews, but the comments are just a piece of the story. We’ve pieced together everything there is to know (for now) about the third season of Stranger Things by digging deeper into quotes, hints from the teaser and a few well-thought-out fan theories.
The Official Trailer Reveals A Sneak Peak At A New Monster
The official trailer for season 3 debuted on March 20, 2019. The cast is all grown up and ready to face the latest Demogorgon-style monster that awaits them. The trailer reveals new cast members, a full 1985 summer mall rat overtone, a socially adapted Eleven, and the latest stranger thing that the kids have to face.
The Eight Episode Titles Tease Possible Breakups And A Mall Battle
Stranger Things has released all eight episode titles for the Season 3 arc, and they offer a speculative tease of the drama to come. The first, “Suzie, Do You Copy?" is an immediate question mark since nobody by that name has appeared in the show.
The other 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." It's already clear the theme of teenage mall life in 1985 will play a role, but "The Battle of Starcourt" indicates the season may culminate in an epic conflict in this new space.
Additionally, one writer pointed out "The Mall Rats" may be a nod to Kevin Smith's movie Mallrats, in which two characters spend time at the mall after being dumped by their respective love interests.
The Starcourt Mall Is A Major New Location
If there's one thing to be gleaned from the Season 3 teaser, 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 posits the mall sits on the land that once housed the Hawkins National Laboratory. 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 Steve has a job at Scoops Ahoy, the ice cream shop in the mall food court. While it's a humorous visual to see Steve in his sailor costume, this may be a nod to a key plot point in the upcoming season.
Redditor /u/gf120581 believes the ice cream from Scoops Ahoy may be a way to spread the Upside Down's virus before anyone even realizes the sinister presence has remained in Hawkins.