'Stranger Things' Creators Discuss Possible Season 2

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 - 8:08PM
Stranger Things
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 - 8:08PM
'Stranger Things' Creators Discuss Possible Season 2
Like many people, I spent this past weekend binge watching Netflix's excellent new series, Stranger Things (I regret nothing!). The '80s-set sci-fi series blends early Stephen King-inspired horror with shades of Stephen Spielberg, John Carpenter, and other auteurs from the Reagan era to create a wildly entertaining hybrid that simultaneously feels like the movies I enjoyed as a child and a thoroughly modern mystery drama from our current Golden Age of TV. It's really quite spectacular.

But with only eight episodes, and ending on several cliffhangers, many fans are left wanting more, and are already clamoring for a second season. Well, good news: It sounds like one could happen. While Netflix has yet to greenlight anything, the show's creators, twins Matt and Ross Duffer, have plenty of ideas about where they could go if more episodes were to be produced. Don't read on if you haven't finished the series, since there are spoilers aplenty.

Possible spoilers ahead! (Click to reveal)


The two filmmakers sat down with Variety to discuss their ideas going forward, and it turns out they'd like to explore more of the mythology of the Upside Down - while keeping the focus on the same characters. "There's a lot there we don't know or understand," Ross says. "Even with the Upside Down, we have a 30-page document that is pretty intricate in terms of what it all means, and where this monster actually came from, and why aren't there more monsters - we have all this stuff that we just didn't have time for, or we didn't feel like we needed to get into in season one, because of the main tension of Will. We have that whole other world that we haven't fully explored in this season, and that was very purposeful ... We leave these dangling threads at the end. If people respond to this show and we get to continue this story - we had those initial discussions of where we might go with it. If there was going to be a season two, we would reveal more of that 30 page document, but we'd still want to keep it from the point of view of our original characters." Matt adds that they also plan on delving more into the Upside Down's effect on Will. "We love the idea that [the Upside Down] is an environment that is not a great place for a human being to be living in," he says. "Will's been there for an entire week, and it's had some kind of effect on him, both emotionally and perhaps physically. The idea is he's escaped this nightmare place, but has he really? That's a place we wanted to go and potentially explore in season two. What effect does living in there for a week have on him? And what has been done to him? It's not good, obviously."


Netflix, anytime you want to go ahead and approve a season two is fine by me.
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