The fourth of July is a time to celebrate Independence and also, the premiere of the long-awaited third season of Stranger Things. Cue the fireworks.
And there is much to celebrate, including our overdue return to Hawkins, Indiana.
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A lot has changed since we last caught up with Eleven, Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Will, and Max in the fall of 2017. One thing is for certain -- there's still an imminent threat from the supernatural entities that occupy the Upside Down.
Here's what you need to know before you cancel your BBQ to indulge in a celebratory binge-watch.
You'll Have a Long Weekend to Watch It
Binge-watching a show in 24-hours is tough, so we're really grateful that Netflix planned this out just right. The third season drops of July 4th (this explains all the fireworks on the Season 3 artwork), which means you have four full days to watch all eight-episodes! Someone pass the Eggos.
Welcome to the Summer of 1985
Let me set the scene for you: it's a scorching summer in Hawkins, Indiana in 1985. Here's the full synopsis: "School’s out, there’s a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood. Romance blossoms and complicates the group’s dynamic, and they’ll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart. Meanwhile, danger looms.”
Billy Has Tongues Waggin'
All the moms in Hawkins have the hots for Billy. Can ya blame them? One look at the smokin' lifeguard and you'll understand what all the hubbub is all about. Billy – now a lifeguard at the local pool – is enjoying all the attention, especially from Nancy's mom!
New Monsters on the Horizon
In addition to spider-like Mind Flayer lurking in the Upside Down who can control the "hive mind," there's a terrifying new inhabitant in Hawkins that's posing a threat to everyone. We catch a quick glimpse of it (gross!) in the trailer as Nancy and Jonathan attempt to neutralize it.
Billy Becomes the New Host
The new monster is said to be possessing people including Billy, who becomes the new host. "It’s going to be very dark, and I get to do some evil and intense things. My part this season is an emotional roller coaster," Dacre Montgomery revealed. Okay, as long as Billy survives, we're not complaining.
There's Going to be Gore
The threat of new monsters brings forth plenty of gore. “There is a lot more gore and blood compared to the other seasons,” Finn Wolfhard teased. Did you see Steve and Billy's skin getting infected in the trailer? Pure gore!