Why Stranger Things Season 3 Won't Arrive Until at Least Next Summer

Plus new Marvel spin-offs, Master of None's potential return, 13 Reasons Why gears up for season 3, and Ozark's endgame.

by | July 30, 2018 | Comments

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Special effects are keeping Stranger Things 3 from dropping until next summer, Netflix Vice President of Original Series Cindy Holland revealed at the streaming giant’s Television Critics Association press tour presentation on Sunday. Holland offered intel on several big Netflix titles, including The OA, Marvel series, and season 3 of 13 Reasons Why. For Ozark, Jason Bateman himself was available to speak about his show’s second season.

Here’s the scoop Rotten Tomatoes got on six Netflix series.


Season 3 of Stranger Things was supposed to drop on Netflix this year – somewhere in the fall, as usual — but won’t be available until at least summer 2019. There’s little good news about waiting another six months or more, but here is one silver lining: Netflix says the Duffer Brothers needed more time to execute some big plans they have for season 3, and now they’re getting it.

“There are more special effects, and I think it’s going to be a really exciting season, but it just takes a little more time,” Holland said. “It’s a hand-crafted show. The Duffer Brothers and Shawn Levy have worked really hard, and they understand the stakes are high. They want to deliver something bigger and better than what they did last year. I think it’s going to be a fantastic season, worth the wait.”


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Netflix hasn’t announced any new Marvel shows. Holland reiterated that they’re sticking to the original plan to do four shows: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the miniseries The Defenders.

And yet, The Punisher was a bonus, but she indicated that means some of your other favorite characters from other Marvel series could get their own spin-offs too.

“There’s always an ongoing discussion as to whether we might spin off a couple of characters into additional properties,” Holland said.

Some are placing bets on a series for the Daughters of the Dragon, Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) and Misty Knight (Simone Missick), for a possible new series.


Holland said that when Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij pitched The OA, they pitched a five-year story. So that’s what Netflix accepted and since it was a hit, it’s looking good for fans of the series. Season 2 is in production, but no premiere has been announced. Co-star Jason Isaacs, who plays Dr. Hap Percy in the series, suggested to Rotten Tomatoes in January that the show could return in December 2018.


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We haven’t seen much of Aziz Ansari this year. As Master of None was winning awards for its second season, a woman from Ansari’s past came forward with a story that embroiled the actor in the #MeToo discussion. Ansari subsequently released a statement acknowledging that he was surprised to learn she had been uncomfortable and reached out to her privately after learning this.

While Ansari has kept a low profile ever since, Netflix says their door is open to him. If he decides he wants to make a third season of his hit and acclaimed Netflix comedy – ranked as the streamer’s best series on our list of Netflix’s top shows and movies – they are interested.

“We certainly have given some thought to it,” Holland said. “We would be happy to make another season of Master of None when Aziz is ready.”


13 Reasons Why SEASON Season 2 EPISODE 1 PHOTO CREDIT Beth Dubber/Netflix PICTURED Dylan Minnette

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13 Reasons Why led our list of shows with the biggest sophomore slumps, but Netflix still renewed it for a third season despite talk about the series’ big drop in quality. Creator Brian Yorkey and his writing staff are already working on it, and Holland said they listened to the feedback on season 2.

“Well, look, it’s a controversial show from the beginning,” Holland said. “I think Brian felt very strongly about the topics covered in season 2. He is always taking feedback from fans and from the community and seeking to be mindful of it in his work.”


The story of Marty Byrde’s (Bateman) efforts to untangle his family from the money laundering he’d done for a drug cartel is only going to get more entangled in season 2. Of course, if they did, Ozark would be over, but fans probably want to see them struggle for another four or five years.

“The Byrde family is trying to end this show,” Bateman said. “The Byrde family is not interested in season 2, 3, 4, 5. They want to get home. They want to be done with it. So, all the decisions are made to end this and make this healthy again, get boring again.”

Bateman did hint that Marty would let his emotions out more in the second season.

“He’s emotionally repressed,” Bateman said. “That’s something his wife gets on him about in the second season so he tries to emote a little more.”

Season 2 of Ozark premieres August 31.

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