'Stranger Things' has kids in the main starring role but the show is in no way meant for kids. First, there are monsters, especially the 'Demogorgon' which makes adults jump, and is clearly not meant for kids. Then there are the gruesome deaths for the characters in the series.
The body count for the series is not very high, considering another thriller high profile sci-fi series on TV but there are some gruesome deaths in Stranger Things. In the first episode itself, a nice man helping eleven in the diner is shot in the head by government agents. Eleven most likely kills them also but it was not revealed much.
The cast of season 3 seen on the poster of Stranger Things. SOURCE: IMDb
Talking about gruesome deaths, one death people can't seem to get over is 'Barb' getting killed unceremoniously and then later being revealed as, apparently, the food for 'Demogorgon'. The upside down is bad looking but the horror hidden within the upside down is even gorier.
In season 2 Bob's death was really bad, the man practically saved everyone and got killed by 'Demodogs'. That was a very grisly death for the beloved character and if the interviews by the cast are to believed then we are headed towards even more blood and gore.
The third season is only a month away and the promotion tour is going in full swing. While the cast was making the rounds, they stopped by Good Morning America (GMA) and talked with Hall of Famer Michael Strahan, Gaten Matarazzo had this to say when asked about the show, "It’s definitely gorier, which is pretty cool. If you don’t like gorier stuff, I mean watch it anyway…It’s not for the faint of heart."
Watch: The interview with Michael Strahan of Good Morning America
The trailers for the series have been quite upfront about the new monster, which looks scary as hell and this news of there being more gore, doesn't come as a surprise to the fans of the show.
"We would say that this is our most unapologetically fun season, yet at the same time, it is also our most horrifying and intense season. It’s this wild mix of tones that we think really sets this season apart," the Duffer brothers said, gleefully. Duffers have given some gruesome deaths to fan favorite side characters and their statement seems very menacing to the present cast.
The creators of Stranger Things, Matt and Ross Duffer. SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter
Stranger Things have been nothing short of revolutionary since it first debuted 2 years ago. The kids have become superstars and the show itself is the topic of daily discussion in pop culture. There is no stopping this train but just hearing the cast and the creators talk about this being the biggest season yet makes us want to see it right now. "It does feel bigger, just filming it — obviously I haven’t seen any of it, but it does feel bigger, darker, scarier. It felt like they noticeably bumped it up to a different level this season. So I’m excited to see it, too. I don’t know how they do it, the brothers, but yeah, I’m excited," Natalia Dyer who plays Nancy Wheeler said in a past interview.
Watch: The trailer for the third season of Stranger Things
There is not only the cast interviews to hint at there being more gore and scare in the new season, but the creators also released a synopsis talking about new horrors for the gang and talked about how evil always finds a way. The episode titles also gave some away, the episode titled 'The Bite' is most probably referring to the bite on Billy's forearm which is probably indicating a less than ideal demise of 'Billy'.
The series has been able to capture the zeitgeist like no other show currently on television has been able to do and it is getting scarier and gorier as the kids in the series grow up. Stranger Things has already been confirmed by producer, Shawn Levy, for season 4 and the show which was scary, to begin with, is tipping the scale more and more.
The new season of Stranger Things airs on July 4, 2019, on Netflix.