Stranger Things is no stranger to fan theories, but the latest one that has the internet all abuzz doesn’t have to do with plot twists or cliffhangers, but one character’s sexuality. Stranger Things 3 showed that it wasn’t afraid to touch on LGBTQ representation — an issue that isn’t commonly tackled in ’80s-related, nostalgic properties. But now Noah Schnapp, who has played Will Byers since Stranger Things season 1, is addressing whether his character’s sexuality was revealed in the latest season.
Mild spoilers for Stranger Things 3 below.
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The one thing that isn’t strange this year is Stranger Things breaking Netflix’s own streaming records. Stranger Things 3 viewership punched through into a new dimension this past holiday weekend, with 40 million accounts tuning into the third season of the hit sci-fi/horror series, breaking Netflix’s four-day viewing record.
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(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Stranger Things 3.)
When Netflix provided me with screeners to review Stranger Things 3, they included a laundry list of spoilers that could not, under any circumstance, be mentioned in the review. As a rule, I try to avoid any and all spoilers in a general review, but this list was daunting to say the least. Now, the cat is out of the bag. Stranger Things 3 dropped on July 4, and I’m guessing if you’re reading this, you went ahead and binged the entire season over the holiday weekend. That means its time to head back to Hawkins, and delve into the details that Netflix was so hellbent on keeping a secret.
Spoilers follow – obviously.
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Stranger Things thrives on nostalgia. The series takes viewers back to the 1980s, and asks a recurring question: remember all this stuff? Season 3 is no exception – it’s loaded with references – some very easy to spot, others a bit more subtle. Now that the new season is streaming on Netflix, we figured we’d dive into all the references we spotted, but be warned: this is going to be spoiler-heavy. If you’re ready to be spoiled, check out the Stranger Things 3 references below.
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The kids of Hawkins, Indiana aren’t really kids anymore. Demogorgons and other slimy monsters are plenty scary, but not nearly as scary as the passage of time. In Stranger Things 3, the third season of Netflix’s mega-hit series, characters who once seemed so childish and young are on the cusp of young adulthood, and facing down the future. “One summer can change anything” says the tagline for the season, and it’s an apt description. After a lackluster, slipshod second season, Stranger Things roars back more exciting, and emotional than ever, with a third season that moves things forward at a thrilling pace, and sweeps us along with it.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, Aldo Jones has delivered one of his patented Weird Trailers for Spider-Man: Far From Home, and things get more than wacky. Plus, watch a breakdown of some fan theories for the upcoming third season of Stranger Things, and see how Pixar Animation’s villains compare to those in Walt Disney Animation movies. Read More »
Netflix released a new trailer for Stranger Things 3 last night, so it’s time to head back to Hawkins and take a closer look. While the show has so far been heavily inspired by pop culture properties of the ’80s, it seems as if creators/showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer are taking a metaphorical step into the next decade with this season by referencing several pop culture touchstones of the 1990s, including Jurassic Park and The Rock. Dive in with us below. Read More »
As the summer heats up, the third season of Stranger Things isn’t too far off. The new episodes will attempt to pull you away from the incessant fireworks that will be going off on July 4, but before we get a chance to binge the latest adventure in Hawkins, Indiana, a new batch of photos has arrived from Netflix showing Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo), and Max (Sadie Sink) mostly enjoying the summer. But there’s clearly some kind of new evil lurking in Hawkins that will interrupt their fun. Read More »
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We’re six weeks away from seeing Stranger Things season 3, and as anticipation rises for the return of the Netflix series, a few more details have slipped out about what we can expect in the new episodes. Specifically, series creators/showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer have explained that this season deals with the notion of change, and actor David Harbour says we can expect to see a “fatter” version of his character, Sheriff Jim Hopper.
You hear that, Fat Thor? Fat Hopper is comin’ to town. Read More »
Did you watch the first two seasons of Stranger Things and think to yourself, “I wish this show had more moms who were horny for teenage boys in it?” Good news, weirdo: season 3 appears to be giving you exactly what you want. A new Stranger Things 3 clip shows last season’s bully antagonist, Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery), is now working as a lifeguard at the local pool, and a whole line of mothers are staring at his glistening bod like a pack of cartoon wolves. Check it out below, along with a whole new batch of character posters for the upcoming season. Read More »