Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven in "Stranger Things"
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Hold on to your Demogorgons people. The third season of Stranger Things is so close.

Netflix dropped the final trailer two weeks ahead of the premiere, and it looks so much darker than previous seasons. The nostalgic sci-fi thriller quickly became a hit on the streaming service, and fans have anxiously awaited this season for nearly two years. 

The second season premiered in October 2017 and focused on Will's (Noah Schnapp) connection to the Upside Down shadow dimension. This season also introduced us to a new character, Max (Sadie Sink), and reunited Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) with fellow children from the lab where she acquired her powers. 

Caleb McLaughlin (who plays Lucas in the show) has been rocking the new Nike x Stranger Things collection, so grab a pair before the new season airs, or check out the H&M line of Stranger Thingsthemed clothes and summer gear. 

The kids are back and have grown up a lot. 

The gang has graduated from the days of playing Dungeons & Dragons in Mike's (Finn Wolfhard) basement. Now the five friends — Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Will, Max, and Eleven — will venture out to the local mall to explore, shop, play games, and, of course, defeat monsters from the Upside Down. The show's Instagram account shared a series of pictures of the kids with their D&D alter egos decorated on the image, captioned, "Have a great demogorgon-free summer!" So maybe they haven't totally grown out of their nerd-culture lifestyle just yet. 

When asked to describe the season in one word, the kids mostly agreed it was about to get dark. 

Caleb McLaughlin summed up the season in one word: "You know, probably gory, yeah, it's pretty gory." Then Sadie Sink, who plays Max in the show, went a different route. "Fun, it's fun," she said. "That's wildly different than gory," Wolfhard joked. 

The biggest reaction of all, however, was when Schnapp shared his word, "Sad." The rest of the cast all sighed, and McLaughlin replied, "I mean I said gory, that's pretty sad guys." So grab your tissues and prepare for some major heartbreak ahead of the third season. 

In another interview, three of the boys of the series shared their thoughts about the upcoming season. 

Everything from the relationships on the show to the monsters and sci-fi elements are about to get intense, according to Wolfhard, Schnapp, and Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin). In an interview at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, they shared what fans could expect for the new season. 

"A lot of love, it's intensified," Schnapp said, to which Matarazzo joked, "Don't ever say a lot of love and then intensified right after...." Wolfhard saved his pal by saying, "This season is intensified."

According to the cast, almost all of the season takes place in a mall. 

Almost all of the filming took place in a working mall that Finn Wolfhard revealed felt a little haunted. It's easy to imagine you'd feel a little spooked filming these scary sequences. The series' Instagram account shared "party at the mall tonight. 7:11pm pt." That time coincided with the drop of the final trailer, but some fans are speculating what the time could mean for the season. This image of a retro clock is set to 7:11 p.m. as well. 

Another hint as to what's to come in the next season is... rats?

Netflix has been commenting rat emojis on the cast and show's Instagram posts. In the second trailer, there's a particularly creepy scene showing hundreds of rats skittering through what looks like a dingy basement. It's unclear what role the rats play in the upcoming series, but something definitely has control over them. One fan replied to the rat comment, "i don't like this," and another simply asked, "Why?"

All of the kids posted clips of their characters from the trailer, like this one of Eleven aka Millie Bobby Brown. 

Brown shared to her 19 million followers this clip of a blindfolded Eleven with a typical nose bleed symbolizing the use of her powers. In the trailer it's revealed that while she was able to close the "Gate" that was letting in the otherworldly monsters and possessive spirits, she may have locked one in with them. 

From the previous trailers, it felt like Eleven was finally getting to experience childhood and live the ultimate preteen life, running around the mall with her new bestie and gal pal Max plus getting cozy with her boyfriend Mike after a stressful year of chasing down monsters together. But after watching the final trailer, it's clear she's still in danger. 

Netflix dropped the trailer two weeks before the season premiere, July 4. 

Not only is the monster locked in the wrong dimension, it is also choosing a new host. And from what it looks like in the trailer, Max's villainous older brother Billy (Dacre Montgomery) is the target. The monster also has been finally given a voice in the trailer, and addresses Eleven directly. "What if he never left? What if we locked him out here with us?" Will asks ominously. 

"Our kids are in danger. We need to end this," Will's mom, Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder), shouts.