New “Stranger Things” Season 3 Casting Hints at Awkward Teenage Romance

Matthew Loffhagen
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“Stranger Things 3” is still probably a long way away from completion, but that’s not going to stop the speculation.

Pre-production for the third season of the show is underway, and key new characters are being cast.

Now joining the show is Francesca Reale, star of Netflix’s other show “Haters Back Off!” which completed a two season run last year.

According to Deadline:

“Reale will play Heather, a popular lifeguard at the Hawkins Community Pool who becomes the centerpiece of a dark mystery.

That seems to be all we’re going to learn about the new season for now, but it’s enough to give speculators a lot to go on.

Francesca Reale
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My guess: whatever the big conspiracy is in season three, it’s going to revolve around a teenage crush.

By the time we get the next season of the show, the pint-sized actors from “Stranger Things” will be fully into puberty, and I suspect that the Duffer Brothers are going to use this to their advantage.

Just a Teenage Dirtbag, Baby

I foresee Heather being the object of affection for Dustin. This would fit well with his personal character arc, as, spurned by Max and basically every other girl his own age, he’s likely now going to start fixating on slightly older, more mature girls who remind him of Nancy Wheeler.

This could give the show an opportunity to tie together its mystical sci-fi horror aspects with a coming of age story. Dustin’s obsession with the lifeguard at a local pool will lead to him getting caught up in spooky stuff that’s beyond his youthful understanding.

Anyone who’s ever been a teenager with a crush on someone older than them can relate.

Stranger Things Dustin
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I foresee season three of “Stranger Things” being the most emotionally resonant yet, as the show takes a look at what it’s like to be a teenager, fighting to gain a place in the world. Connecting this to a metaphor surrounding interdimensional monsters makes perfect sense.

Or, alternatively, my half-baked theories are utter garbage, and the show will go in a completely different direction.

To be honest, I’ll happily accept that too. It’d be no fun if “Stranger Things” got too predictable, right?