If you haven’t watched Netflix’s new sci-fi shocker Stranger Things, you’re wasting away your days since the series’ release. The series—a welcome mix of Steven Spielberg and early Stephen King—is set in an idyllic rural town shattered as a young boy goes missing, little anticipating the unearthly forces behind the boy’s disappearance. It’s a brisk, eight-episoder, and to watch Winona Ryder rip her character to shreds as a single mother in the throes of her own sanity is, on its own, an experience. But don’t take my word for it, take it from some millions of people who say the same thing.
Following this kind of success, a second season has been ordered, and naturally, Netflix has jumped on the deal. And, speaking with Variety this weekend, Ross Duffer, the series’ co-creator said:
There’s a lot there we don’t know or understand. Even with ‘The Upside Down,’ we have a 30-page document that is pretty intricate in terms of what it all means, and where this monster actually came from, and why aren’t there more monsters — we have all this stuff that we just didn’t have time for, or we didn’t feel like we needed to get into in Season One, because of the main tension of Will. We have that whole other world that we haven’t fully explored in this season, and that was very purposeful…
We leave these dangling threads at the end. If people respond to this show and we get to continue this story—we had those initial discussions of where we might go with it. If there was going to be a season two, we would reveal more of that 30-page document, but we’d still want to keep it from the point of view of our original characters.
Now, a series titled Stranger Things have naturally brought speculations of it possibly being an anthology, a la American Horror Story, or a proper American version of Black Mirror. But Matt Duffer, the other half of the series’ creators (dubbed The Duffer Brothers), is putting rumors to rest, confirming to IGN that Season Two is, in fact, going to be a sequel.
We don’t answer all the questions by the end of the season — there are definitely some dangling threads. The hope is that it feels satisfying but that we left room and that if people respond to it we can go back into this world. But if we do get to go back, it’s not a second season as much as a sequel.
Which makes sense. The way the first season wrapped popped more questions than it did answers, and the world that it vaguely hinted at seems pregnant of possibilities; I can’t wait for them to explore this further.
What about you, though? Are you excited for Season Two? Let’s take it to the comments.
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