'Stranger Things' Will Definitely Have a Third Season, But Will End After Season Four

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 - 10:03AM
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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 - 10:03AM
'Stranger Things' Will Definitely Have a Third Season, But Will End After Season Four
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There's good news and bad news for Stranger Things fans today, as showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer have spoken about the future of the beloved Netflix series.

The good news is that there'll definitely be at least one more season after the upcoming one (Stranger Things 2 drops in October). The bad news is that Stranger Things probably won't continue after Season Four—although, in a roundabout way, that might actually be good news as well. According to Ross Duffer in an interview with Vulture, "We're thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out", while Matt adds "I don't know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year". The pair also speculated that the show may see the key characters leaving Hawkins, Indiana for new locations as the show goes on: "They're going to have to get the fuck out of this town!" This, of course, may just be a bit of humor.

While this may initially feel like a blow to those who've grown to love the characters from Stranger Things, there is a silver lining. Stranger Things has felt, from the beginning, almost like an experiment in storytelling. The first season was one of Netflix's big successes with the eight-episode story structure, proving that a short, tight narrative arc can work just as well as a longer, more meandering series filled with filler episodes. Stranger Things takes advantage of the binge-watching nature of Netflix to essentially create a very long movie that neither rushes past important character moments nor outstays its welcome.



It's great, then, to hear that the Duffer brothers are similarly not going to try and stretch out subsequent seasons just for the sake of the inevitable cash cow that the show has become. Deciding at this early stage to end after just four seasons means that the creators and writers can plan a carefully constructed story arc that wraps up in a satisfying manner—something that's disappointingly rare in TV. Most popular shows go on indefinitely, until audiences begin to get sick of them or they jump the shark.

It's worth remembering that plans can change. The original intention behind Stranger Things was to simply tell a single story in Hawkins, with the show taking on an anthology format. It'll be interesting to see whether the Duffer brothers' plans change based on the reception of Stranger Things 2, as we see just how much further this story can be pushed.

So, then, Stranger Things will continue to air for the immediate future, and that's great. Ultimately, a short-lived show with a satisfying story is far better than even a good series that loses its way.

Stranger Things 2 premieres on Netflix on October 27th, 2017.
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