“Stranger Things” is Netflix’s latest drama, following four kids fighting a supernatural force in a small Indiana town in 1983. The first action-packed season wrapped up a few loose ends, but left a couple unanswered questions, which the creators say are ripe for the Season 2 storylines, should the show be renewed.
Warning: Spoilers for the Season 1 finale of “Stranger Things,” don’t keep reading if you haven’t watched the season in its entirety.
Speaking with Zap2it at the 2016 TCA summer press tour, creators Matt and Ross Duffer tell Zap2it they definitely have ideas for Season 2 — and beyond.
“When we first pitched it a year ago to Netflix, we talked about what it would look like if it were to continue, so we have ideas,” says Matt. “It would go beyond two, but I don’t know how long … it’s hard to imagine like seven or eight [seasons], it starts to get absurd. I feel like it’s not going to work at a certain point.”
As for the ideas they have, the brothers say there are some clues in the Season 1 finale.
“We hint at where we might go at the end of the season, where Will was living in this other dimension, the Upside Down, for about a week and the repercussions of that can’t be good, so a lot of [Season 2] is exploring that,” says Matt. “This inter-dimensional rift, as we left it, is still very much open, so that also can’t be good, so it’s exploring that. We want to retain the tone, but all our favorite sequels feel a little different[from the original]. It’s not about … another monster comes and it’s a bigger, badder monster. We want it to feel a little different, maybe a little darker, but still have the sense of fun that this season had.”
Ross adds, “We’re trying to figure out where it’s going to lead us organically. There’s stuff that’s unresolved … so for us we’ve opened up the story to a lot of different possibilities.”
The brothers also say that while the season will probably have “a very different structure,” it will most likely be eight episodes like Season 1.
“Eight feels manageable and it feels more like a movie. We don’t have to tread water,” says Matt, adding later that they also definitely don’t want to outstay their welcome.
“There’s shows you fall in love with and at a certain point they lose you, so that’s my nightmare … the idea would be do [‘Stranger Things’] as long as it feels natural and organic to tell the story and when it feels like we should bring it to a close, I think Netflix would support that.”