Netflix’s supernatural drama Stranger Things will return for a second season in 2017. This is hardly a surprise announcement considering how many fans and critics have positively responded to the 80’s nostalgia series.
Some interesting new details have emerged on the second season. What we know is that it will stay true to the tone and characters from the first season. At the same time, the focus is on thoughtfully expanding the world, including the addition of new multi-generational characters and a new dark force.
To maintain the quality of the storytelling, Season 2 will expand to 9 episodes instead 10 or 13 like many other Netflix series. The announcement trailer reveals the names of all 9 episode titles or chapter headings using the show’s memorable title sequence. Many of these titles will have fans buzzing with curiosity and speculation.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with producer Shawn Levy and asked about the loose threads in the first season finale. “We are definitely digging into the questions left hanging at the end of episode eight. There were some troubling loose ends. Why did Hopper get in that car? What was that thing that Will coughed up in the bathroom?”
He continues “There’s these loose ends that we are definitely going to pick up and follow, so that’s one piece of it. In the same way that we always talked season one as an eight-hour movie, we view season two really, less as season two and more as Stranger Things 2. We really view it as a sequel, and the Duffers have spoken about sequels that have worked — whether it’s Aliens or Empire Strikes Back.”
One of the bigger loose ends is Hopper leaving eggo waffles in a chest outside and if we can expect Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) to return. “I cannot speak to that” says Levy. “And the other people you’re about to ask me about, which I assume include Brenner (Matthew Modine) and Barb (Shannon Purser), I just cannot speak to it. I really believe that if we do divulge a ton of stuff, it would make for a less satisfying second season.”
Levy confirms that Stranger Things’ popularity has some notable celebrities asking to take part in future seasons. “Without naming them — look, obviously certain people like Aaron Paul and Stephen King and Guillermo Del Toro have been very public champions of our show and supporters. But the list of famous creative people — whether actors or filmmakers — who have found their way to the Duffers and I as fans of the show … and you’re right, certain actors that you have definitely heard of have raised their hand with real interest to be a part of it. But I don’t know that just because those are available that opportunity makes them the right ideas.”
“When everything is available and possible, there’s a temptation to exploit it” Levy continues. “But the show’s appeal is based so much on the unknown quotient in our actors, in our premise, in our plot. So we do hope to keep that same discovery, and that would suddenly go away if we decided to cast all the famous people who said they’d like to be a part of it.”
Season 2 takes place in 1984, following the same characters about a year after the events of the first season. Some locations will expand partly outside of the show’s Hawkins, Indiana setting as well as a return to the Upside Down. Stay tuned for all updates on Stranger Things as more details are revealed.
Are you excited about Season 2’s direction? What do you want from the new season?