The Duffer Brothers’ creation that both pays homage to and builds upon beloved 1980s horror movies has been a runaway hit. Deadline says that “while Netflix does not reveal viewership information, according to Nielsen, the first episode drew an eye-popping 15.8 million U.S. viewers in the first three days of release, with all nine new episodes averaging 4 million viewers over the three-day period,” which totals up to a whole lot of binge-watching.
Although the official renewal was only announced today, the Duffer Brothers told EW right after season two dropped on October 27 that they were already a few days into writing season three. The only thing they could admit about the upcoming season was that “There will be a time jump for sure,” possibly related to how much the series’ younger stars will grow over break. The brothers also discussed the popular series going even further than that, as Ross Duffer stated: “I think, you know, four to five seasons is likely where we’ll end up, but who knows?… We know where we want to go. We’re trying to figure out still how long it’ll take to get there, so we’ll see.” Based on the series’ momentum so far, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Dustin, Mike, Lucas, and Will playing D&D in their college dorms eventually.