- “Stranger Things” released the final trailer for its third season.
- The Mind Flayer may be the season’s antagonist.
- The season premieres on Netflix on July 4.
“Stranger Things” released the final trailer for its third season. In the trailer, we got a good look at the roles of characters like Eleven, Billy, and Will would be in this season. We also got a glimpse at what new monsters might be invading Hawkins now, including another peek at the terrifying Mind Flayer. Plus, there’s a whole new slew of pop culture references, ranging from “Jurassic Park” to “Back to the Future.” The new season premieres on Netflix on July 4.
Following is a transcript of the video.
Narrator: Netflix has released the final trailer for season three of “Stranger Things.” It seems to confirm a possible fan theory about the season’s main villain and includes more pop-culture references from the ’80s and early ’90s.
Here are 11 details you might have missed.
First off, the trailer release. The trailer came out at 7:11 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Perhaps the 7 is because the new season debuts in July, and 11 after… Well, that seems obvious.
The trailer is set to the song “Confrontation and Rescue,” a Philip Glass song from the 1980s.
Eleven: It’s building something. Narrator] The trailer starts with an ominous voiceover.
Mind Flayer: You let us in.
Narrator: There’s a good chance this is the Mind Flayer, aka the Shadow Monster, who we first saw in season two, which possessed Will, taking a new human form. Could it be Mayor Kline, played by Cary Elwes? Or could it be Billy? More on that in a bit.
This all suggests that while Eleven supposedly closed the gate to the Upside Down in the season two finale, something ended up staying behind.
Will: What if he never left?
Narrator: In another shot, we see the gang preparing for a showdown. We see Jonathan grab an ax and Nancy cocking a gun. Nancy is first seen with a handgun back in season one. She and Jonathan are practicing in a field. Nancy proves to be a natural, hitting a can with her first shot. Jonathan isn’t so lucky, which is maybe why he choose to use an ax as a weapon. She also carries a gun in season two.
We see Lucas inside the Starcourt Mall practicing with a slingshot. Slingshots are Lucas’ weapon of choice. In the season one finale, he uses one against the Demogorgon and actually gets a shot in, with Eleven’s help.
And speaking of the mall, as we saw in the first trailer, it will be a major setting in season three.
In the background you’ll spot a number of 1980s brand logos, including Burger King, The Gap, JCPenney, and Orange Julius. At the carnival, if you look closely, you can see an old-school Coke logo.
At one point, we get a quick glimpse of Will’s arm. On his wrist is a 1980s Nelsonic Q-bert game watch.
As always, the show pays homage to a lot of beloved pop culture of the 1980s, and this time the 1990s as well.
The Duffer brothers cited 1993’s “Jurassic Park” as a major influence on season three. Some of the shots at the mall are clear references to this scene in which Tim and Lex are hiding in the kitchen from the velociraptors.
Speaking of early ’90s references, this new evil-looking character is giving off T-1000 vibes from 1991’s “Terminator 2.” You might recognise him as the guy with the gun roaming through the hall of mirrors in the previous trailer.
There’s a brief shot of Billy’s car speeding towards the mall, which seems to be a mirror image of this DeLorean scene in “Back to the Future.” This film was released in 1985, when season three is set, and the scene happens to include the same vintage JCPenney logo we mentioned earlier.
At one point, we get another glimpse of the Mind Flayer. If you recall, in the final shot of season two, this creature was seen hovering over Hawkins Middle School.
There also seems to be hints that the Mind Flayer will take another human form this season. The question is who will be the host this time?
Fans are speculating that it could be Billy, and this trailer is giving us a few major hints that this is true. Will speculates that the monster will attach itself to someone again. As he says this, there’s a flash of the Mind Flayer and an immediate cut to Billy. Seconds later, we get a close-up shot of Billy’s dilating pupil.
The Brimborn Steel Works building is also swarming with rats, which tend to symbolise some sort of outbreak, so clearly someone is going to be infected.
Was there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments.
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