At the beginning of the trailer, Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) arrives home from camp and is startled when his toys begin moving. In his moment of panic he arms himself with an aerosol can, but upon further inspection we discover it's the Farrah Fawcett spray Steve (Joe Keery) told him about in Season 2.
One quick scene shows a mass of protestors, but what exactly are they protesting? It would appear the new Starcourt Mall is their target. Many of the signs they wield include messages about supporting small businesses. It will be interesting to see how it comes into play later in the season.
Hopper's Dinner for Two
So, the trailer didn't give fans much in terms of potential romance for Hawkins' Chief Hopper (David Harbour), but a quick flash to a table set for two while he sits waiting could imply there's a lady in his life. Fans wishing to see something happen between him and Joyce (Winona Ryder) appear to not be in luck, but maybe the writers will surprise us. (And yes he's smoking in a restaurant — it's the '80s after all.)
BFF Glamour Shots
A lot has clearly changed between Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Max (Sadie Sink) who appear to be BFFs now after a rocky introduction in Season 2. They're clearly close as evidenced by this super quick shot of them sharing a glamour shot — an '80s staple — most likely in the Starcourt mall.
All of the New Characters
Plenty of new faces joined the fray in the teaser including Maya Hawke's Robin, Cary Elwes's Mayor Larry Kline and Jake Busey's Bruce.
A Hardened Joyce Byers
Winona Ryder's character has been through a lot in the first two seasons, and it looks like she's changed because of it. She doesn't show up much in the teaser, but her expression implies that the Joyce we've come to know may be gone.
So, we quickly learn that Billy's (Dacre Montgomery) summer gig is life guarding at the Hawkins public pool, but is there something in the water? This brief flash indicates that he may be the next victim/infected by whatever evil is lingering in the small Indiana town.
Erica Joins the Fun
There's no denying she was one of our favorite parts about Season 2, so seeing Erica (Priah Ferguson) joining the action thrills us. Ferguson was bumped up to a Season 3 recurring star, so her role should be heftier this time around.
The Fab Four
At one point in the trailer, clips flash so quickly that they're hard to make out, and among them was this shot. We're not sure what's going on, but after Steve (Joe Keery) and Dustin's (Gaten Matarazzo) magical pairing in Season 2, we can't even begin to imagine what's brought them together with Erica (Priah Ferguson) and Robin (Maya Hawke), but we can't wait to find out.
A Girl and Her Eggos
Another brief flash showed Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) sitting by her beloved Eggos in a freezer section of a grocery store. Could she have returned to the store she stole from in Season 1?
After seeing Billy's (Dacre Montgomery) mark, we couldn't help but notice this quick clip of what appears to be an unknown life guard being dragged to the depths of a darkened pool. Perhaps this is the incident that results in his mark? Either way, the characters of the show haven't learned anything since Season 1 if they're hanging around pools. Wasn't Barb's (Shannon Purser) untimely death caution enough?
Nancy and Jonathan's Fancy Clothes
In Seasons 1 and 2, Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) used their investigation skills and we can't help but believe this might be evidence of similar shenanigans. The couple don't typically dress up like '50s suburbanites, unless this is some kind of job or college interview as they look to the future.
Steve in Crisis
Yet another brief clip, this image concerns us to no end as Steve (Joe Keery) is subjected to some type of shot. His bruised face indicates that fans are in for fight, but against whom?
A Brand New Will
At the beginning of the trailer Will (Noah Schnapp) looks sadly over a photo of himself with his friends, but towards the end, he has this look on his face. Perhaps he's changed like Joyce, and maybe Will isn't the meek and anxious boy we met in Season 1 anymore.
Mighty Morphin' Demogorgon
The Demogorgon that fans came to know over the first two seasons has been replaced with this even more hideous beast that has yet to be named. But there's something familiar about it, perhaps some hybrid form of the Demogorgon and Season 2's Mind Flayer, which had tentacle-like arms similar to this creature? Let the theories begin.
After more than a year since the last season was released, Stranger Things' Season 3 trailer has finally dropped, and there's a lot to unpack.
And things are changing for the youngest among them as Mike says "we're not kids anymore." It's true, these kids viewers met in 2016 have grown up a lot, and based on the trailer, so is the story. Above, we're breaking down some of the details you may have missed the first time around, from interesting pairings to dangers lurking in Hawkins, come along as we delve into the topsy-turvy world of the Upside Down.
Stranger Things, Season 3 Premiere, Thursday, July 4, Netflix