The hotly anticipated third instalment of smash Netflix phenomenon Stranger Things may still be a way off but fans finally got a little nugget of what the next season has in store.
Netflix released the short clip, titled, ''Ahoy! Something is coming… to Hawkins, Indiana!'' yesterday to mass excitement.
It showed a brand new mall, Starcourt Mall, that's coming to Hawkins in the summer of 1985.
Big permed hair, cycling shorts and neon legwarmers followed as the mall came to life with 80's shoppers.
Ahoy! Something is coming… to Hawkins, Indiana! pic.twitter.com/BI4wFRVzvB
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) July 16, 2018
Not to mention the appearance of fan favourite Steve Harrington (Joe Kerry) clad in a sailor outfit at what we can assume is his summer job in Scoops Ahoy! ice cream parlour.
Btw, whoever okayed putting a hat on top of The Hair – which is almost a character in it's own right – has some serious answering to do.
Joining him was newbie Robin (Maya Thurman-Hawke), who looked as equally unenthusiastic about working there as our Steve.
So what does it all mean?
That mall window display in the new #StrangerThings teaser was likely a clue about season three (what did you think I WOULDN'T go through this fake commercial frame-by-frame?) https://t.co/OjcsatIqyf pic.twitter.com/Ym40cx1nGe
— Kim Renfro (@kimrrenfro) July 16, 2018
Well, fans are literally combing through each scene, looking for any clues that creators The Duffer Brothers may have slipped in.
One fan wrote, ''you don't know how much ive seen this clip. i NeEd mOrE sTrAnGeR tHiNgS 3!!!!''
Most of the crazy fan theories and assumptions are that something is not quite right with Starcourt Mall – why make a clip solely dedicated to it if wasn't linked in some way linked to the Upside Down?
One comment said, ''I bet there is gonna be some epic showdown inside the mall with eleven and all the kids trying to defeat a monster'' while another agreed that the mall hold's definite importance in the plot.
''Brenners gonna waltz Back into Hawkins to find a shopping mall has been built over his lab. Eleven and mike go on a date to the mall and bump into Brenner.''
One fan suggested that the mall was built on the grounds of Hawkin's lab.
Hmmm, not sure about that one but I suppose we'll just have to keep on guessing for now!
The show has another reason to celebrate as it has just landed a whopping and well-deserved 12 Emmy nominations including Outstanding Drama Series, and nods for David Harbour (Hopper) and Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven ) in their respective roles.
Shame that the amazing Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) missed out on a nom as he was insanely brilliant in S2.
— Alexandra Bayne (@baynerrr) July 13, 2018
Thankfully, a few more set secrets were spilled recently thanks to executive producer Shawn Levy's interview with GQ.
He explained that four of the eight episodes have now been filmed, but the Duffers are still writing the second half of the season while they edit the first half.
“We still are scrambling to find time for the [Duffer] brothers to write the second half of the season while we're making the first half. Like every creative type the brothers have their process, and no matter how resolved they are to be more efficient with their time or not, some things don't change.”
He also promised a turn in the plot “toward darker and bigger action-packed fare than we’ve ever attempted.”
Stranger Things 3 began filming in April in Atlanta but it looks like we'll have to sit tight til sometime in 2019 to see what the gang get up to next.
To scratch that ST itch, catch Summer of 84 next month and hold tight for that S3 trailer!