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Netflix officially renews Stranger Things for third season

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Netflix confirmed today that Stranger Things will return for a third season, confirming statements made by the show’s creators earlier this year. The company made the announcement on Twitter after submitting a quick poll asking fans whether or not the show should be renewed.

“For the love of Steve, duh,” the tweet reads. “So hold tight baby darts — season three is officially happening.”

Creators Ross and Matt Duffer told Vulture in August they were working on a third season and were looking beyond it to the show’s fourth. The brothers confirmed they would like to end the series on the fourth season instead of dragging out the storyline and stretching the characters’ personal arcs. Netflix has the ultimate decision on when the series will end, though.

Stranger Things’ second season debuted at the end of October and was met with critical praise. Ross Duffer told Vulture they envisioned the second season as a movie sequel rather than a traditional followup.

“I told Matt, ‘I don’t want to call it season two, I just want it to feel like a movie sequel,’” Ross said. “If you have a successful movie, No. 2 is always a little bit bigger.”

The Duffer brothers more than succeeded with their goal. In our review of the season, we said:

Stranger Things 2 is a convergence of the fantastically extraordinary we wish we would experience and the understandable reality that we exist in; the combination of which creates one hell of a television experience that’s very much worth your time.

Netflix didn’t allude to when the third season would premiere, but it’s likely to be available to stream in 2018.