– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Last October, Stranger Things‘ second season hit Netflix and, against all odds, it managed to be a pretty solid follow-up to the surprise hit of 2016. However, given the production value of the series, as well as the desire not to rush things along, we know that we will not be getting a new season of this show in 2018.

However, that’s not to say they’re sitting on their hands and waiting around. Rest assured, they’re still hard at work, and now TVLine is reporting on some exclusive details regarding the upcoming third season.

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According to the outlet, Season 3 of Stranger Things will be eight episodes long. This is the same number episodes of the first season, and one less than Season 2. What does this mean? It means they seem to have a pretty good idea of the structure of the new season, and have decided that they will only need eight episodes in which to tell their stories.

It can also mean that we can perhaps expect less experimental episodes this time around. Season 2 was pretty well received, but there was one episode in the bunch (you all know which one) that was split in terms of its reception. The creators have since acknowledged that this was something of an experiment on their part. Does this mean we won’t get a similar storytelling experiment in Season 3? Well, not exactly, but it certainly gives just a little more weight in each episode, which may ultimately result in them worrying more about telling the story at hand, and less about forging new territory.

That wasn’t the only detail TVLine revealed. They stated that production is set to begin this coming April, in a few months. Say what you will about waiting a full year, but churning out eight episodes of good scripts between last October and April (earlier even, since they have to plan for the shoot) is ungodly speed, and makes me wonder if they had enough time.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.