Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo put to rest rumors of the show’s impending cancellation. Speaking with The Telegraaf, Matarazzo, who plays Dustin in the series, said that the show will run for either four or five seasons. The young actor further told the Dutch newspaper that Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of Stranger Things, have planned a series long story arc. Matarazzo added that the goal is not for Stranger Things to have as many seasons as possible, but to have as many necessary to tell the story. Fans of the show were worried about the show ending after two of its stars, Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard, posted messages on social media indicating they had completed filming Stranger Things. The actors since clarified their statements, saying that they had finished filming season three, not the series. Fans were also worried as many other popular Netflix shows, including Orange is the New Black and Marvel’s Daredevil, were recently cancelled by the streaming service.
Matarazzo’s interview with The Telegraaf reiterates claims made by the Duffer Brothers in the past. In an interview with Vulture last year, the duo said that their plan for Stranger Things was to run for four seasons, with a fifth season also being a possibility. Having already released two seasons on Netflix, the streaming service greenlit a third one, which will consist of eight episodes and air sometime in summer of 2019. While not much information has been revealed about season three, the show did release a short teaser for the installment at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. In the brief trailer, actor Joe Keery’s character Steve is seen working at an ice cream shop in the Starcourt Mall with new character Robin, played by actress Maya Hawke.
While season two of the series was viewed as a homage to 80s science fiction sequels, namely the Star Wars film The Empire Strikes Back, season three is expected to fully embrace the horror genre. In the new book Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down, Ross Duffer said the season was partially inspired by the John Carpenter classic The Thing. Duffer also teased that season would have a “George Romero vibe.” As fans of horror know, Romero directed the 1978 zombie classic Dawn of the Dead. Like season three’s Starcourt Mall, Romero’s film also heavily featured a mall setting.