Earlier today we got the awesome news that Stranger Things was renewed for a second season by Netflix. I seriously can’t wait to see where the next chapter of this story takes them.
It was initially reported that season two will consist of nine episodes and will be set in 1984. Thanks to the Duffer brothers, we now have some additional details to share with you. EW just published an interview with the writers and creators of the series, and this is what Ross Duffer had to say:
“I don’t think we ever thought anthology. I think we talked like a larger time jump where the kids are older now and it’s a different decade. That’s something we batted around from the very beginning. But for us, there’s still more story here, there’s still things that are unresolved. We don’t know about Eleven. We leave that up in the air.”
I believe that that Eleven will be back and when she does come back she’ll be more powerful than she was before. That’s just hopeful speculation on my part. Matt Duffer talked about the inspiration behind season two and the movie sequels that they look up to:
“There’s going to be a lot of new and interesting dynamics that we didn’t see in season 1. I know movie sequels get a lot of s—, but the ones we look up to aspire to pivot and do something different. There’s ‘Temple of Doom,’ ‘Aliens,’ ‘Terminator 2.’ I guess a lot of this is James Cameron. But he’s brilliant. And I think one of the reasons his sequels are as successful as they are is he makes them feel very different without losing what we loved about the original. So I think we kinda looked to him and what he does and tried to capture a little bit of the magic of his work.”
Matt then revealed some information on the setting of the second season, saying that they will venture outside of the small town of Hawkins and explore the Upside Down a little more.
“We will venture a little bit outside of Hawkins. I will say the opening scene [of the premiere] does not take place in Hawkins. We kinda just peeled back the curtain and revealed a tiny bit of the Upside Down. So we definitely want to explore a little bit more. There’s a lot we don’t know about the Upside Down at the end of season 1.”
“We obviously have this gate to another dimension, which is still very much open in the town of Hawkins. And a lot of questions there in terms of, if the Monster is dead, was it a singular monster? What else could be out there? We really don’t go in there much until they go in to find Will at the end. So we’ve opened up this doorway, and to us it’s exciting to talk about, like, what else is behind there? There’s a lot more mystery there to be solved.”
The more they tease what we could see in season two, the more excited I get! I just want to watch it now. In regards to the number of episodes that they are developing and why they are keeping the number of episodes down, Matt explained:
“We’re letting the story dictate it. I think if it gets any longer, it gets unwieldy for us. We want to make sure it’s manageable and we want to be able to tell a movie-like story where it’s never treading water. We want it to have the same feel and pacing as season 1. I think if we extend it too much, it will have a very different feel.”
Well, they seem to know what they’re doing. As much as I loved the first season, I really hope the second season is even better. I hope the Duffer Bros. give us something completely awesome and unexpected for season two.