The third season trailer for Stranger Things has landed

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The first trailer for Stranger Things 3 dropped this morning, with enough trademark mystery to remind us that the series is a Stephen King-inspired romp but with enough focus on character growth to remind us all of why we keep tuning in.

Besides the nearly 3-minute long teaser trailer with The Who song Baba O'Riley, Netflix also released 6 episodic publicity images of the ongoing scary adventures of the kids in the small town of Hawkins.

Fan favorites Joyce (Winona Ryder), Hopper (David Harbour), Steve (Joe Keery), Nancy (Natalia Dyer), and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) also showed up in the trailer, naturally.

So while Mike, Eleven, Max, Lucas, Dustin, and Will embark on this journey of "not being kids anymore", they also have to, you know, save the world.

Stranger Things Season 3 premieres on July 4 on Netflix.

As Mötley Crüe and The Who serenade us, we see a montage of teenage fun - jamming out to records, checking out the new mall in town, summer hangouts by the pool.

The trailer immediately sets the mood with Mötley Crüe's 1985 song, "Home Sweet Home", and signals that a year has passed since the events of Season 2, which was set in 1984.

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It's clear from the first few lines in the trailer that friendships will be tested this season.

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The Stranger Things season 3 trailer upholds that easy-breezy mood for quite a bit and saves the darker teases for the end.

But that will ultimately prove the least of the Stranger Things gang's worries in the new season, as bigger threats loom overhead. In September, the show took home the title of outstanding sound editing for a comedy or drama series (one hour).

All in all, it looks as if Stranger Things 3 will once again lean on humour to alleviate the dark moments, but still expect plenty of horror.

It then shows Dustin looking perplexed, while it cuts to a visibly distressed and ill-looking Will crying over a throwback picture of him and the boys dressed up in Ghostbusters outfits from season two.

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