‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Trailer Breakdown: The Upside (Down) of a Teenage Wasteland

/Film | 3/20/2019 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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It’s the first day of spring, which means summer is right around the corner. And you know what that means: Stranger Things is back. The third season of the hit Netflix series just debuted its official trailer, giving us a glimpse of a summer of big changes for the kids of Hawkins, Indiana. Aside from the obvious first trappings of puberty, the gang’s dynamic is shifting as romance is in the air and fireworks are flying. But greater changes are afoot in Hawkins, as a new morally corrupt Mayor Kline (Cary Elwes) takes office and opens the new Starcourt Mall, all the while strange disappearances begin to take place.

We try to unpack what this all means and more in our Stranger Things season 3 trailer breakdown. Let’s dive in.

First - Thing - Turtle - Fate - Dustin

First thing’s first: Yertle the Turtle is alive! The fate of Dustin’s (Gaten Matarazzo) turtle was left up in the air after he committed the first of his series of bad decisions in season 2 by adopting a Dema-slug, Dart, and placing it in his turtle tank. “Sorry, Yertle, temporary eviction,” Dustin said while placing the unwitting turtle on the floor of his bedroom. But while Dustin’s poor cat Mews was killed by a fast-growing Dart, it seems that Yertle escaped its wrath. Thank goodness.

Dustin seems dejected that no one remembered he was returning home (perhaps from camp?). But it turns out his friends are lying in wait, with Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) using her powers to manipulate Dustin’s toys and lead him into his living room where the gang sneaks up behind him armed with celebratory signs and party horns. Unfortunately for Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Dustin is armed with rat spray. Maybe telepathic pranks aren’t the best idea for these kids after what they’ve been through.

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