What happens when your working on the second season of your TV show and have too many ideas for it? If you’re the producers and writers of ‘Stranger Things‘ you start pushing them back into the third season. This could be great news for fans of the show who were told that it is set to be a five-season run as this could, in fact, eventually lead to a sixth season if the problem continues as they film.
In a recent interview Executive Producer and Director, Shawn Levy stated:
“As the episodes were written by the Duffers, they realized that there was too much story for nine episodes. So it forced us to be judicious in which stories we tell this season. So one of the surprises was, not all of our grand ideas are going to be serviced in one season… If we had 40 ideas going into the season, 30 [we] are going to pick, and the rest go in the back of our head for, hopefully, future chapters.”
With the draw of the first season and excitement for the second, it would be a huge surprise if Netflix didn’t pick the show up for a third at the very least. While part of me wishes they would extend the seasons to include these ideas I do love how they have it written as a visual novel each season with each episode a chapter. One can only hope that if they have this same “problem” each season that a sixth would be needed to finalize all of the carryover story ideas.
One other thing that Levy did share though is that the season will have a strong focus on Will Byers:
“When we cast the kids, we cast Noah Schnapp as Will Byers knowing that he was only in a small amount of Season 1 because he was missing. And we cast him because we knew that kid was special. Even if we weren’t going to call on his full reservoir of abilities in Season 1. Will Byers is very much at the center of Season 2. Noah steps up in the most staggering way. The Duffers and I, depending on who’s directing when we keep sending texts to each other going, ‘holy shit, Noah is crushing it’ and we knew he had it in him, and it’s really now to get in that moment, and put him firmly in the thick of story.”
With how amazing the kids in the first season were, this sounds like we’re going to be in for a real treat when we get to see Schnapp show off acting chops that don’t involve riding a bike or looking sick, alone, and afraid.
As for the new actors:
“I will say that we have found the performances of our actors consistently inspiring, and bringing in people like Sean Astin; this new kid, Dacre Montgomery; this new kid, Sadie Sink… as we’ve seen the work they’re doing in episodes, the Duffers, recognizing strength, are making sure to service those characters even more over the course of the whole season. Perfect example, in Season 1, Steve Harrington was going to be a much more sparsely-used character. We saw what Joe Keery was doing, and we rewarded that with more story, more nuance, more dimension. The same thing is happening with a lot of the new characters this year.”
I wasn’t sure how ‘Stranger Things’ was going to up its game in the next season and it sounds like even stronger acting is going to be a centerpiece of the show.
Are you looking forward to the second season of ‘Stranger Things’? Do you feel that these pushed off ideas will be a one time deal or will this serve for longer future seasons or even a sixth season? Share your thoughts below!
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