*Warning: Stranger Things season 2 spoilers ahead*
Fans have been anxiously awaiting the return of Netflix’s ’80s-style megahit Stranger Things from what feels like an interminable hiatus. When last we saw the Hawthorne gang just before Halloween 2017, they had teamed up to seal the portal between the upside-down and our world, fighting a bunch of demi-dogs in the process, and finally reuniting Eleven with her biggest fan, Mike.
What, fans are now wondering, will Season 3 bring? It seems Netflix is finally ready to start giving us a few hints. On New Year’s Eve, the show’s official Twitter account posted a video referencing Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve to help welcome 1985 to Hawthorne!
Live from WIYZ, it's a Hawkins New Year's Eve! https://t.co/GhaGjVyNse
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) January 1, 2019
Then Netflix released the first poster for the show’s third season, which will premiere on the Fourth of July rather than Halloween!
Fans have already begun analyzing the poster. Several details stick out pretty quickly: Dustin and Max excited by the fireworks, Eleven and Mike holding hands, the distant lights of some sort of carnival.
But just beneath the surface, the poster holds more ominous secrets. Will and Eleven don’t seem to be enjoying the lights. In fact, they both seem to be looking over their shoulders towards something lurking behind…giant piles of dead rats? Could the entire poster be from the perspective of the Demogorgon? Or perhaps something even worse?
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) January 2, 2019
Connection between the ST3 game trailer, the poster, and ep title “The Mall Rats”. The rats have something to do with whatever the danger is…either spreading it from the upside down or being attracted to it. Rats on poster and in mall basement? #StrangerThings #StrangerThings3 pic.twitter.com/OtT07VTBKO
— Presto (@MattPresto) January 3, 2019
Basically the Stranger Things poster pic.twitter.com/KlxgubeoP6
— Mike Teavee🍓 (@vyvibes) January 1, 2019
Some fans also pointed out that, in the poster, Mike and Eleven are wearing blue and yellow, which may be part of a line from the trailer: “When blue and yellow meet in the west.”
In the video it says “when blue and yellow meet in the west”. It is interesting that in the poster Eleven is in blue and Mike is in yellow. So I’m curious if there is a connection between the two, and what those two have to do with the west. Very interesting.
— Pam Robins (@PamRobins3) January 1, 2019
@Stranger_Things officially has the best “teaser” for a show ever!! In the New Years count down, it says “When Blue And Yellow Meet in the West”. In the poster El is wearing a blue shirt while Mike is wearing a yellow one. Coincidence??? Maybe… #StrangerThings #StrangerThings3 pic.twitter.com/U1NP1zPpHW
— Madison (@Madison18544456) January 1, 2019
Fans are more hyped than ever to return to the world of Stranger Things and see what happens!
Ugh , that’s a long time
— jeff arbuckle (@jeffrobuckle) January 1, 2019
4th of July is my birthday BEST GIFT EVER 💖
— Анжела Кот-Цибрий (@pawsome_july) January 1, 2019
Can’t wait for season 3. I been waiting so long for season 3 & I can’t wait to see it. And see what happens
— Taylor Maines (@TaylorMaines3) January 1, 2019
me sending the stranger things poster to everyone i know pic.twitter.com/qIkzGfszK2
— e (@tomIinon) January 1, 2019
— papa (@neo_bryce) January 1, 2019
— Andrew Madsen (@AngryRedHead86) January 1, 2019
It’s been previously reported that The Princess Bride star Cary Elwes will appear in the show’s third season as the town’s shady mayor.
Today I read that Cary Elwes is gonna be in season 3 of Stranger Things and I’m pretty dang excited about that
— Wesley_Fever (@samuel_rye) October 29, 2018
The countdown until July 4 begins now! We’re headed back to Hawthorne.