To no one’s surprise, Netflix officially ordered a second season for its newest break-out smash ‘Stranger Things’.  The show has only been available to stream for about a month and a half, but has already inspired a ravenous fan following.  The new season will arrive next year, but is it too early to find out a little about what to expect?

The Duffer Brothers, who created the series, actually opened up and offered a few clues.

Needless to say, if you want to avoid SPOILERS you should turn back now.

Some have posited that the show should be an anthology, but not the Duffers. Ross Duffer stated:

“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 [in the 1980s], there’s still things that are unresolved.”

Plus… such a large time jump would probably require recasting many of the main characters, particularly the kids!  Nooooooo!  Fans should expect most of the original cast to return… except maybe one.  Ross admitted, “We don’t know about Eleven.  We leave that up in the air.”

In addition, the Duffers revealed that four new characters would be introduced, possibly including ‘The Lost Brother’, which is the title of one of the new episodes.  Also, while the bulk of the new series will take place in Hawkins, Indiana, there will be some addition sequences that take place elsewhere… including the Upside Down.

Matt said:

“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.”

Ross added:

“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.”

Many, including Stephen King, noticed that the first season actually felt like watching an eight-hour movie.  The Duffer Brothers state that Season Two will be treated as a sequel to that “movie.”

“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.”

And while an eight-hour movie sounds like a bit much, fans couldn’t get enough of ‘Stranger Things’.  Can we expect a longer second season?  Maaaaaaaybe.  But probably not. According to Matt:

“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.”

Do these revelations make you more… or less excited for Season Two?  What do you hope to see in next year’s installment?

Source: Entertainment Weekly