Stranger Things supporters can now rest easy as Netflix has recommissioned a second season for 2017. Yay!
Entertainment Weekly got in early and grabbed the scoop from the Duffer Brothers, the creators of the series that has everyone hooked.
The story will continue in Hawkins, somewhere in Indiana, but will also add in other locations for the second season, which will continue in the fall of 1984. Ross Duffer explains why they decided to stick to the same year “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.”
Everyone will be back…or mostly…expect to hear more from Mike, Joyce and Dustin, but Eleven is not for certain ‘We leave that up in the air”, adds Ross Duffer with an air of ambiguity.
There will also be some new comers in season 2 as Matt Duffer offers, “There’s going to be a lot of new and interesting dynamics that we didn’t see in season”, without giving much away. There are nine titles in the recently released teaser, including one called “The Lost Brother”, which could hint at a lost brother!
This also tells us that season 2 will be one episode longer than the first season. “We’re letting the story dictate it,” says Matt. “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”.
They also see season 2 as a sequel to the blockbuster model of 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,” explains Matt. “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.”
So if they’re citing James Cameron as an influence we know we’re in for something special.
Upside Down will be explored further.
The Duffers promise a deeper long into the alternate dimension. “We kinda just peeled back the curtain and revealed a tiny bit of the Upside Down,” says Matt, “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.” Adds Ross: “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.”
Source:Netflix US & Canada