We may have an extended wait on our hands before we head back to Hawkins. Stranger Things dropped a new video today that isn’t really a trailer, but may yet still hold some clues as to some things to expect from Season 3. Including its release possibly pushed to into next summer.
The video itself is a fake advertisement for Hawkins, Indiana’s brand-new state of the art Starcourt Mall. Like any respectable mall should, Starcourt comes equipped with a Gap, Waldenbooks, Sam Goody, Claire’s, Radio Shack, Jazzercise, Zale’s and more. It also sports a Scoops Ahoy which employs Stranger Things’ hero Steve as well as one of the show’s new characters, Robin.
Robin is played by Maya Hawke. Her character description states that she’s “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.” Perhaps Robin will be a new love interest for the series’ best character – Steve, of course. Hopefully giving him the love he deserves following his betrayal by that tramp, Nancy.
After Steve’s Starcourt cameo, the advertisement states that the mall will “coming next summer.” Netflix states that the Stranger Things Season 3 will take place during the summer of 1985. So it’s up for debate at this point whether the ad is solidifying the timeline of the show, or implying that Season 3 won’t be debuting until summer 2019. Season 1 debuted in July of 2016 while Season 2 premiered in October of 2017.
Also at the end Starcourt Mall’s promotional video is a conspicuous legal addendum that seems oddly prominent. It reads “Starcourt in [sic] an All-American subsidiary of Starcourt Industries, an international enterprise.” The note’s inclusion immediately makes me wary of Starcourt Industries. Could Starcourt be the corporation ultimately behind the events within the series? If I were a betting man (which I am), I’d be willing to put a few dollars down on it.
Netflix has yet to hint as to when Stranger Things is coming back for its third season. But with no announcements or trailers as of yet, another October debut is seemingly getting more and more unlikely.