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The Stranger Things Kids Will Reportedly Get Huge Raises for Season 3

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It looks like fighting off the Demogorgon and getting stuck in the Upside Down was totally worth it after all. The cast of Stranger Things has reportedly received a huge pay rise as they head towards season three of the Netflix show. After two wildly successful seasons, the show's stars are no doubt deserving of the big bucks. The cast has renegotiated their deals with the streaming service — and according to The Hollywood Reporter, the kids’ new deals has them earning twelve times more than they made during seasons one and two!

THR reports the main actors' pay raises will be divided into three tiers: Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers) and David Harbour (Jim Hopper), who are considered “tier A,” will make up to $350,000 per episode. Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), and Noah Schnapp (Will) will earn $250,000, while Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan) and Joe Keery (Steve) will pull in “roughly $150,000” an episode.

If you thought you were happy about Stranger Things getting renewed for season three, it's nothing compared to what the cast is feeling right now. THR reports that the child actors were making around 20k per episode when they first started, so this is definitely a reason to celebrate!

It's unclear which tier Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) falls into since she was not included on the list with her co-stars. However, sources say she could earn as much as Winona and David considering her star power. The report also didn't mention any of the second season's new stars, such as Sadie Sink, who plays Max Mayfield, and Dacre Montgomery, who plays Sadie's step-brother, Billy Hargrove.

If all goes well for the Netflix series, it won't be long before the cast is earning as much as the actors on Friends. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and the rest of the cast made history in 2002 when they successfully negotiated for $1 million per episode.

We're keeping our fingers crossed the same will happen for Stranger Things! Earlier this year, David revealed that production on the show's third season was due to begin in March or April and the series is expected to run for eight episodes this time around. So far, no behind-the-scenes photos have surfaced online, but we're sure it won't be long until the cast teases us with some.

According to Variety, Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman‘s daughter, Maya Hawke, has recently joined the series. She will play a character named Robin, who discovers Hawkin's big secret. In February, That Hashtag Show also reported that a trio of new characters will soon be added to the cast, including a selfish mayor named Larry Kline, a “morally compromised” news reporter named Bruce, as well as an elder woman named Patricia Brown.

Though we have to wait until some time in 2019 to see what happens next in Hawkins, we're excited AF to find out how all these new characters will affect the show!

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