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Back to the '80s

Stranger Things returns for its third season on Netflix on July 4, with some new faces and new settings. We'll share both episodic and behind-the-scenes photos here, updating as new images are released.

Here, show co-creator Ross Duffer, actresses Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) and Sadie Sink (Max), and co-creator Matt Duffer stand at what might be Starcourt Mall, which will feature prominently in the new season.

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Good-time Charlie

Charlie Heaton (Jonathan) looks at a computer monitor in a behind-the-scenes clip.

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Little sis grows up

Show co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer pose with Priah Ferguson, who plays Lucas' little sister Erica, and who has a much larger role in the show this year.

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Prepping to shoot

Matt and Ross Duffer consider a shot behind the scenes at Starcourt Mall.

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Hey, are those Bugle Boy jeans?

Gaten Matarazzo, Ross Duffer, Matt Duffer, Charlie Heaton and others prep for a scene in front of a JC Penney facade at Starcourt Mall.

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Hanging in the hall

Finn Wolfhard (Mike) Charlie Heaton (Jonathan) and Natalia Dyer (Nancy), chat in a behind-the-scenes moment. Is that a high school? Or a hospital? We'll find out soon.

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Hot town, summer in the city

It's not summer without an outdoor fair or festival, even in Hawkins.

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Bill me later

Dacre Montgomery (Billy) confers with director Shawn Levy.

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Twin bill

Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer walk by the pool where some of the Hawkins summer action is sure to take place.

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Billy, don't be a hero

Billy (Dacre Montgomery) is the hunky lifeguard at the Hawkins' pool. Here he takes direction from showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer, and gets to cover up his lifeguard trunks with a blue robe.

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The boys are back

Noah Schnapp (Will), Finn Wolfhard (Mike) and Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) confer with Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy.

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Mama Joyce

Winona Ryder plays Joyce Byers, the struggling single mom of Will and Jonathan, and the possible love interest of Chief Hopper. Here she talks with director Uta Briesewitz.

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In-home gathering

Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan), director Uta Briesewitz, Finn Wolfhard (Mike) and Noah Schnapp (Will) gather in a very 1980s living room.

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Let's do this

Caleb McLaughlin, who plays Lucas Sinclair, gives the camera a thumb's-up in an offscreen moment.

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Baby, you can drive my car

Brown is all revved up while standing in front of a retro station wagon.

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In the woods

Max and Eleven in an outdoor moment.

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Lounging around

Mike and Eleven shared their first kiss in the season 2 finale, and their romance is expected to continue in season 3.

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Calling on the hot line

Karen Wheeler, Mike's mom (actress Cara Buono), in a phone-home moment.

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Murderous stare?

Eleven, complete with a very 1980s scrunchie, delivers a don't-mess-with-me glare.

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Outstanding in their fields

Whatever the kids are doing, they've brought plenty of supplies to get it done.

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Rabbit ears

Looks like the kids are building some kind of antenna here in a Hawkins field, but who knows?

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Prescription for trouble

Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) in what appears to be a large pharmacy.

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Hail to the chief

Chief Hopper also is seen at the pharmacy.

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Robot uprising

From the look on Dustin's face, we're wondering if his toy robots are marching off on their own. Anything can happen in Hawkins, after all.

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No whining

The kids gather in someone's living room, and ... is that a wine bottle on the floor?

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In my room

Looks like Dustin is loading up his duffel bag and his friends are involved in whatever's getting packed.

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Everyone's favorite couple?

Police chief Jim Hopper and Joyce Byers are old high school classmates who seem poised for a romance. But not even love is easy in Hawkins.

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We all scream for ice cream

Eleven and Max in a rare moment of fun, eating ice cream cones on what appears to be a bus.

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The eyes have it

Not sure what's going on here, but the kids are watching a blindfolded Eleven intently.

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Mike's mom has got it going on

Lifeguard Billy shares a moment with Mike's mom, Karen Wheeler, at the Hawkins pool.

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Getting malled

That's Steve and Dustin with new character Robin (Maya Hawke, daughter of actors Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke). Robin works with Steve at ice cream shop Scoops Ahoy in the mall, hence the sailor-style uniforms.

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The doctor is in

Not sure what's going on here at what looks like a hospital emergency room, but there's always the risk of injury in Hawkins these days.

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Fan favorites

Although Nancy was dating Steve when the show began, many fans were thrilled when she became involved with Jonathan.

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Bros at the mall

Dustin and Steve have developed a fun brotherly relationship many fans hope continues.

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Hanging at the mall

Will, Mike and Lucas seem to be hanging out at every 1980s kid's favorite place: the mall.

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Meet the mayor

Cary Elwes, of The Princess Bride fame, will play Mayor Kline in the third season.

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I spy

Steve and Dustin go into full-on spy mode at the mall.

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Shirtless in the sun

Lifeguard Billy surveys his domain at the Hawkins pool.

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Sister and spy?

Erica (Priah Ferguson) sure looks like she's helping the gang out with some kind of undercover work.

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Dustin the wind

Dustin, wearing a shirt reading "Camp Know Where," camps out on a couch.

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Wary Nancy

Nancy looks like she's about to face something troubling.

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Friends forever

Max looks like she's trying to comfort Eleven after a scary experience. They appear to be in a shower room, but school's out, so maybe they're at the town pool?

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New face in the newsroom

Jake Busey plays Bruce, a journalist at the Hawkins Post, and a new character in the third season.

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Uh-oh

New character Robin, still in her Scoops Ahoy ice-cream store uniform, looks ready to run.

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Hopper on the case

Chief Hopper is certain to play a large role in the new season.

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It's raining, it's pouring

Mike and Will look panicked as the rain pours down behind them.

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Wrong number

Eleven looks disturbed by whatever's being said on this phone call.

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Trio of friends

Will, Mike and Eleven appear to be making plans with the rest of the crowd.

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Handy

Lucas looks wary as he faces ... something.

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Mall in the family

Dustin, Steve and Robin are facing some kind of situation at the mall. Hey, Sam Goody, it's been a while!

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Stormy weather

Eleven and Max, in full rain gear, look ready for anything.

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Hizzoner

Cary Elwes as new character Mayor Kline, puffs on a cigar.

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Into the woods

Joyce and Hopper seem to be hearing something in the woods. Nice shirt, Hop.

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Billy's future

The final Stranger Things trailer suggests bad things are in store for Billy.

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Comforting Nancy

Jonathan's seen plenty of bad times himself, but here he makes sure to comfort Nancy.

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Pals at the mall

Looks like Lucas' sister, Erica, is going to get some friends this season.

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Relationship goals

Mike and Eleven became a couple in the series, but can their relationship survive what the summer will throw their way?

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Have it your way

Max and Eleven doing some food-court reconnaissance at the mall.

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When payphones ruled the mall

Sorry, Billy, I don't think you can call the Upside Down from this area code.

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