Stranger Things 3: Suspense and Sacrifice

Stranger Things 3: Suspense and Sacrifice

Isaiah Vennetti, Junior Staff Writer

After almost two years, the Duffer Brothers added another thrilling season to the already popular Stranger Things series. The third season was released on Netflix just this past Fourth of July. Over the holiday weekend, the show had an average of 12.8 million viewers, sources state.  After the high popularity generated by the show’s first two seasons, the large number of viewers doesn’t come as a surprise. Stranger Things has been a hit since the first season was released, and now with season three, the show has become even bigger. 

The majority of season three was filmed in Jackson, Georgia, near Atlanta. One of the most prominent film locations for the show is the Gwinnett Place Mall. This shopping center was transformed into what viewers knew as the Starcourt Mall, from the show. Although the budget of the show isn’t public yet, season two’s budget was around 8 million per episode, meaning season three’s budget per episode was most likely increased.  However, each cast member’s salary per episode is public. The two highest paid cast members of season three were Wionna Ryder (Joyce Byers) and David Harbour (Jim Hopper), both making $350,000 per episode. The next highest paid cast member for season three was Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), making $300,000 per episode. The four other main characters: Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), and Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) all made $250,000 per episode. In total, the production of Stranger Things 3 has profited an enormous amount of money for the Duffer brothers. When asked his thoughts on season three, junior Adam Yoder responded, “I was very impressed with the graphics and setting. It really made you feel like you were in the ‘80s.”

The setting of Stranger Things is still the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, just as it was in the previous seasons, and the suspense in that small town continues. The show takes place during the summer of 1985, right around the Fourth of July. In this season, the cast deals with two major conflicts: the Mindflayer and the Russians. It also introduces to us some new characters: Robin, Alexei, and Larry Kine (The Mayor). Another character who isn’t new, but more involved in this season is Lucas’s little sister, Erica. The characters are interspersed into groups during a majority of the season. Dustin, Steve, Robin, and Erica investigate the Russian’s presence in Hawkins, spying on them to see what they are up to. They soon find out that the Russians have a secret underground level below the Starcourt mall, where they are trying to open the gate to the Upside Down World. Hopper and Joyce also figure out that the Russians have infiltrated Hawkins after weird things start happening with the town’s magnetic fields. On this journey they meet Alexei, who is a Russian, and now a fan favorite. Eleven, Mike, Lucas, Will, Max, Nancy, and Jonathan figure out that the Mindflayer is back. Its first sacrificial victim is Billy, whom it uses to help gain power and strength. All of the main characters come together to defeat the Mindflayer once again, and along with it they have to defeat Billy. This time the Mindflayer is defeated for good, but in the process, there are some tragedies and deaths. These affect some of the characters like Eleven, Hopper, Alexei, and Billy.

At the end of the season, viewers are left with some questions like: “What happened to Hopper; is he dead or alive?” and  “Will Eleven get her powers back?”. Or, “Who is locked up in that underground prison?” When asked about Hopper’s fate, junior Whitney Hendrix said, “I believe Hopper is still alive; they can’t just kill off one of the main characters. At least I hope he is alive as Hopper is one of my favorites in the show.” Then we are left with the question about whether or not there will be another season. One of the Executive Producers, Shawn Levy, states, “The truth is we’re definitely going for four seasons and there is a very much possibility of a fifth.” For now, expectant viewers will have to wait with the anticipation of what season four potentially has in store for all fans of the series.

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