It might take a while before we see another season of Stranger Things , with filming yet to start. Thankfully we can sate the long wait with hints of what to expect in the upcoming third season from executive producer, Shawn Levy.
Speaking to Glamour Levy revealed that the storyline is already set "We're there," he says "It'll be an eight- or nine-episode season. The number of episodes will be dictated by the amount of story that excites us. We now know what is going to happen in season three to every character."
Speaking of characters, Levy says that season 1 and 2 primary victim and show punching bag Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) will be getting a break from the perennial suffering he had to go through."We’re not going to put Will through hell for a third season in a row. He’ll be dealing with stuff, but he won’t be at rock bottom the way we forced the amazing Noah Schnapp to play.” Levy states and without revealing too much he hinted that Season 3's big bad may not be the demogorgon or the shadow monster "We're (going to be) dealing with forces of evil that are new." he says.
Levy then went on to talk about the bromance between the older teenager Steve (Joe Keery) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) which delighted fans. He says that there will be more of that in season 3 "In season two, it was all very cute and there was a funny factor to it because it was unexpected, but now that it is expected, I want to see them connect more and be more familiar with each other," he says then adds "I want them to have a connection like they’ve really had a connection for a year—like they’re brothers.". Levy then provided a bit of a backstory to the character, saying that Dustin seems to crave an older male figure in his life since he doesn't have a brother and his father is absent "He’s never had that, so I feel like Steve is definitely someone in that sense who could be that person to him.” Levy explains.
Expect more manly advice from Steve to Dustin like using Farrah Fawcett hairspray. Funny enough, Steve seems to be emerging as a big brother figure for all of the boys. He did spend the last part of season 2 taking care of them, or at least trying to at the penultimate moment, which is an interesting subverted story arc for someone who was meant to be the stereotypical 80's rich teenage jock. Maybe Stranger Things season 3 can be more about Steve and the kids?