We know that when ‘Stranger Things‘ returns to Netflix this October it will feature a bigger cast and be more “horror orientated” and now we’ve learned that the Demogorgon will be considered “quaint”. It is unclear if this threat will be from the slug-like creatures that Will Byers threw up, another monster from the Upside Down, or something else entirely. Whatever it is though, executive producer Shawn Levy is very excited about it!
He was recently interviewed and almost seemed to be hinting that Eleven and the boys won’t just be facing one monster this time around but quite a few. Also, with Byers being front and center, I suspect he may partially be the cause of this as well. Here is what Levy had to say about it:
“Will Byers is very much at the center of several intersecting challenges, threats in season two and I think overall the forces of evil that are inherent in season two make that Demogorgon look quaint in retrospect.”
As to who might be helping and hindering the boys, Levy also spoke of the expanding cast for the second season which we know sees quite a few new characters being introduced:
“I think you’ll see more and more certainly in the movies that we are producing at 21 Laps and even in season two of Stranger Things — an increased diversity, not because anyone is telling us it needs to happen but because that is the world we live in, that is the mindset we try and kind of relate to others and the world around us with, so more and more I think you’re going to see that reflected in the content.”
One thing that most series these days do is make room for multiple directors throughout a season. The first season of ‘Stranger Things’ didn’t really allow for that as it was just Levy and the Duffer Brothers. This time around though they added two more to the mix:
“That’s been the difference this year. Last year we were very, very protective. In our first meeting with Netflix, they were like ‘so what kinds of directors are you going to get for the show?’ and I was like ‘it’s going to be the brothers or me. That’s it. No one from the outside.’ I think it’s why season one has a real consistency to the tone, and to the look, and to the vision. This year, we’ve had two other directors come in and do episodes: Andrew Stanton and Rebecca Thomas and those episodes are turning out great.”
Hopefully, they are still able to capture the single tone and magic from the first season. I’m pretty confident that they’ll be able to pull it off.
If you’ve got about 20 minutes to kill you can watch the full interview right here which has a few other fun details as well:
Do you think that this new threat will be related to the slugs or something else entirely? Is Will Byers the cause of their problems or will something else be working against them? Share your thoughts below!
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