Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) has gone through a lot of crazy shit in the first two seasons of Stranger Things. But that's all going to change with Season 3. While talking with Glamour Magazine, director and producer Shawn Levy talked about Will and a few other things that we can expect to see in the upcoming third season including a new threat, and more of Steve and Dustin hanging out.
One of the first things that he mentions is that there will be less of a focus on Will and they plan on giving him a break.
"We're going to give Will a break. 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."
So how do they plan on giving Will a break? Well, according to Levy, the third season will introduce a new evil. Some fans have speculated that the story will dive into the consequence of characters like Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) or Chief Hopper (David Harbour) who, as you know, were both sprayed with the eerily mysterious dust particles in the tunnels last season. But, Levy says fans may be wrong about that:
"You might assume that. But you would probably end up being wrong. We're [going to be] dealing with forces of evil that are new."
We have no idea what this new evil is, and anyone working on the show probably isn't going to spill the beans on that info anytime soon. I imagine that whatever it is, it will play a role in the upcoming seasons as well.
Levy went on to confirm that season three will include more Steve and Dustin action. Gaten Matarazzo says that he hopes to see more of a brotherly-dynamic between the characters, saying:
“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. I want them to have a connection like they’ve really had a connection for a year—like they’re brothers. He’s never had that, so I feel like Steve is definitely someone in that sense who could be that person to him.”
As for how many episodes we'll see in Season 3, Levy says:
“We’re there. 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.”
Stranger Things Season 3 doesn't have a release date yet, but the fans are definitely looking forward to seeing what the next chapter of the story will entail!