'Stranger Things' Season 3 Episode Count Revealed, Production Starts in April

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As the majority of the teenaged cast grows older, it's tougher not to have a time jump with each season and from the sound of things it appears the kids from "Stranger Things" might be entering high school in season three.

TV Line reports that the upcoming third season of Stranger Things will debut with a shorter episode count than last year's season 2. With one less episode to worry about, the show can avoid a similar misstep in season 3. That's one episode less than the nine that made up season 2, but we imagine that a whole lot of action, chaos, trials and tribulations will be woven throughout each of them. The setting of Stranger Things: Season 3 will be 1985.

It has also been revealed that Stranger Things Season 3 will feature a new evil.

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Confirmation of the episode count isn't the only sign of progress on the Stranger Things front. Production on Season 3 will kick off in mid-April at some point.

While it was known that the "Stranger Things 3" number of episodes wouldn't be anything ridiculous or even approaching the limited standards of 13 episodes, there was an outside chance Netflix might ask for a tenth episode, according to Collider. That doesn't necessarily mean we should plan on waiting 11 months after production begins for Season 3, but it could be a sign that mid-2019 is the soonest we'll get new content.

Stranger Things: Season 2 starred Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, Matthew Modine, Sadie Sink, Dacre Montgomery, Brett Gelman, Linnea Berthelsen, Sean Astin, and Paul Reiser. Only time will tell.

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