As expected as Will Byers having a supernaturally bad day, Netflix officially announced it's renewing Stranger Things for a third season today. The confirmation came via Twitter, after Netflix ran a surprisingly close (though always tongue-in-cheek) poll about appetite for another trip to Hawkins, Indiana.
TV renewals generally depend on things like cost of production and ratings returned, but Netflix's non-traditional business model makes those decisions less obvious for onlookers. Still, the overwhelming popularity of Stranger Things (it's a 94 on Rotten Tomatoes, earned five Emmys for S1, and warmed even our sequel-skeptical hearts this fall) made this a matter of when and not if. Series creators the Duffer Brothers have always maintained in interviews that they had a multi-season story to tell, though this fall they've been vaguer than before as to whether that's a four- or five-season story.