Stranger Things season 3: Billy’s fate sealed as star reveals bully's ‘redemptive ending’?

Stranger Things is back with a brand new extraterrestrial threat aimed directly at Hawkins, Indiana.

The plot and its supernatural threat have not yet been detailed by Netflix, but fans of the show are sure something is going on in the small town.

While season three will see the return of the core characters – including Eleven (played by Millie Bobby Brown), and Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard) – it also brings Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery) back to the fold.

Billy spent a good amount of his time in season two as the bully – with little-to-no remorse.

But this season, if the trailers are anything to go by, he may have a much bigger part to play.

Billy’s actor Dacre may have just confirmed that for fans, as he recently spoke to Digital Spy about his arc in the upcoming eight-part third season.

He told the publication this season Billy is an entirely different beast to play.

Dacre explained: “I can tease that I did indeed get a role that I think any creative would be hugely grateful to receive this season.

“I get a role that has a lot of darkness and depth, but I think has a really redemptive ending. Which I’m really happy about.”

While the term “redemptive ending” sounds very much like Billy may not make it through the season, it certainly sounds interesting nonetheless.

Dacre also went on to hint at the impending darkness of the show’s third outing.

He said he got to “delve deep” into a darkness for his character, and also said Billy exists in a “grey area” – which is a fun thing to play.

With such a dark twist on his mind, it looks like Billy may not be his complete self in the upcoming episodes.

Fans of the show have been theorising Billy will be taken over by some sort of supernatural presence, this may have been teased back in season two.

Earlier this year Matt Duffer – one of the showrunners – told Vulture Billy was supposed to have a huge part in season two.

He explained: “Billy was supposed to have a bigger role.

“There was a whole teen supernatural storyline that just got booted because it was just too cluttered, you know?”

He went on to add: “A lot of that’s just getting kicked into season three.”

Could this upcoming dark twist and “redemptive ending” be what the Duffer brothers were initially aiming to achieve?

Stranger Things season three arrives July 4 on Netflix.