'Stranger Things' Season 3 Spoilers, Release Date and Everything We Know About New Episodes

Above, Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin are pictured in "Stranger Things" Season 2 on Netflix. The series returns for Season 3 in summer 2019 and will be even "darker." Courtesy of Netflix

Don't let the teaser trailer, a new location or Stranger Things Season 3's summer release fool you. The series will still have dark moments.

In addition to a new setting, the new season will be going in "new directions," actor David Harbour, who plays Chief Hopper, told The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday. "All of us are taking a lot of risks. We're all a little bit out of our comfort zone," he said. "I wish I could categorize the season, but to me, it's so big."

Netflix released a teaser (above) introducing the Starcourt Mall in Hawkins, Indiana, the setting of the series, in July. The trailer plays like a commercial for the shopping facility, its stores and the food court. One of the new Season 3 characters, Robin (Maya Hawke) is seen working in the Scoops Ahoy Ice Cream Parlor with Steve (Joe Keery).

Robin is "an alternative girl who is equal parts sharp and playful," according to Netflix. "Bored with her mundane day job, she just wants a little excitement in her life… and gets more than she bargained for when she uncovers a dark secret in Hawkins."

Along with the teaser, Netflix released a "statement" from Hawkins' Mayor Kline (Cary Elwes) about the mall. "We've found a winning team in the business partners at Starcourt and their vision will bring hundreds of jobs to our bustling town," he said. Elwes' character is described as "handsome, slick and sleazy" and "more concerned with his own image than with the people of" Hawkins by the streaming service.

"Hawkins is the perfect all-American town to host our next venture, for so many reasons, but it's the people in this community who will make this mall so much more than just a shopping center," a spokesperson for Starcourt added.

The trailer ended with "coming next summer," and Netflix programming executive Cindy Holland said, "it will be worth the wait" at the Television Critics Association press tour in July. "It's a handcrafted show," she said. "The Duffer Brothers and Shawn Levy, they understand the stakes are high. They want to deliver something bigger and better than last year." The Duffer Brothers created the series, and Levy serves as an executive producer and director.

Levy directed the third and fourth episodes for all three seasons. "It's evidence of the profound superstition the Duffers and I share," he said to The Playlist on August 8. He directed those episodes in Season 1 so he could "send the Brothers into hibernation to write the second half of the season," he explained, and since "that worked out pretty well," they did the same thing the following two seasons.

The executive producer also addressed what's seen in the teaser. While the mall and the summer season are part of the new episodes, the trailer is "not at all representative of the season," he told the publication. "Season 3 has a really healthy dose of poppy, bright levity and cultural fun. But I can only promise you that Season 3 eventually goes places that are darker, and unquestionably more action-packed than we've ever gone before."

Stranger Things Season 3 will be on Netflix in summer 2019.