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“We are going back to work this month,” Levy said, confirming the show’s production schedule. Though the panel was predictably slight on deeper plot details, Levy and the cast did share a few more tidbits. Fans of Hawkins’s many blossoming relationships will be glad to know that Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Max (Sadie Sink) are still going strong, as are Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). (The show is so secretive that Brown apparently only found this out on the red carpet at the festival.) That said, expect some turbulence ahead.
“They’re like 13- or 14-year-old kids, so what does romance mean at that stage of life?” Levy said. “It can never be simple and stable relationships, and there’s fun to that instability.”
There is no word yet about Dustin’s (Gaten Matarazzo) love life—but that’s probably for the best right now, since he’s likely still purring at people. However, we do know that he’ll still have a dear friend in Steve Harrington (Joe Keery), who turned into Season 2’s fan favorite after becoming something of a babysitter to the core kids.
“We’ll definitely get to see some more of Steve Harrington in Season 3,” Levy promised, “and I’ll just say we won’t be abandoning the Dad Steve magic. I don’t want to say much more, but I literally feel that we were walking along and we stumbled onto a gold mine with Dad Steve.”
Speaking of gold mines, it was revealed last week that the entire cast received a major salary bump for this season. Winona Ryder and David Harbour reportedly landed north of $300,000 per episode, while the main kids landed around $200,000-$250,000. Brown, whose star has risen thanks to her role as Eleven, reportedly landed a higher bump than her teen castmates. But that wasn’t a point of conversation at PaleyFest, with Levy and the cast focusing instead on the handful of plot points they were allowed to reveal.
The panel did, however, also address some behind-the-scenes issues, with Levy directly answering claims from former crew member Peyton Brown, who said she saw women get verbally abused on the set.
“We were genuinely upset,” Levy told T.H.R., echoing the Duffer brothers’ statement. “And we were surprised to hear that anyone felt uncomfortable on set. I want to be really clear that nobody has been targeting in any way on the basis of race or gender; we all cherish the family that we’ve created on screen and cherished equally the family that we created on set and we’re going to remain committed to the well-being of that.”
The Duffers, the show’s creators, released a statement in early March denying Brown’s claims. Netflix said it looked into the claims and “found no wrongdoing,” reiterating the importance of maintaining a “safe, respectful atmosphere.” In the meantime, Season 3 is barreling ahead as scheduled.