From the very beginning, Stranger Things has been led by the children as they use their pop-culture knowledge to understand an alternate dimension that is inhabited by the supernatural. It may have taken the course of two entire seasons, but other characters have eventually found their own following as well.
Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) started out as just the ill-matched boyfriend of Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer) in the critically acclaimed television series. However, the character — armed with a trusty baseball bat — eventually found another calling in the form of protector and ally of the children whenever they found themselves in need of help. It is what gave the character the moniker of “Dad Steve” in Stranger Things.
While speaking with the press at the Dolby Theater (via THR) on the weekend, executive producer Shawn Levy stated that Harrington will play a much bigger role in the upcoming third season. In fact, she suggested that the character should have been expanded much sooner in the seasons.
“We’ll definitely get to see some more of Steve Harrington in season three,” Levy said “and I’ll just say we won’t be abandoning the Dad Steve magic. I don’t want to say much more, but I literally feel that we were walking along and we stumbled onto a gold mine with Dad Steve.”
The third season is expected to begin production next month and should premiere somewhere next Spring. There will be eight episodes in total, similar to the first season but lesser than the second. The shorter run-time means that production will be wrapped up quicker and the finalized product will in turn surface on our television screens that much sooner.
Take note that the third season will not be the last for Stranger Things. There is at least another season planned out on the drawing board. This was confirmed last year by showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer, also referred to as the Duffer brothers.