Last night, Netflix released a New Year-themed teaser for Stranger Things 3. It announced a release date and offered mysterious clues for the season ahead.
In a bid to apparently capitalize on holiday excitement, Stranger Things 3 is scheduled to release the fourth of July, 2019.
The teaser shows Dick Clark celebrating New Year’s Eve of 1985 and strange message when the video cuts to eighties-era computer programming imagery. Within a constantly-scrambling word search, we see: “when blue and yellow meet in the west.”
We have another reference to Starcourt Mall, which previous teasers have alluded to as a major setting of this season. The quick-eyed catch a hint of an organization called Lynx Corp, hidden in the split-second shot of computer code. Fans will recall that Bob, who died heroically in Stranger Things 2, enjoyed tinkering with computers.
Finally, we get the tagline “one summer can change everything.” In a charming coming-of-age romantic comedy, this tagline comes a dime a dozen. But in Stranger Things? Not so sweet and innocent.
Stranger Things 3 was officially delayed in the summer of 2018. When the third installment premieres, it will have been nearly a two-year gap since its predecessor. Netflix execs have announced that the reason for the delay is to ensure the third season fully delivers.
Cindy Holland, vice president of original content, said in July 2018, “It’s a handcrafted show. The Duffer brothers and Shawn Levy have worked really hard, and they understand the stakes are high. They want to deliver something bigger and better than what they did last year. And so they really want to take the time to get it right.”