Stranger Things was an instant success when it hit Netflix. It brought creatures and a plot line that was different from anything we’ve seen for a long time to the small screen. Telekinesis, secret government mind-control experiments using abducted children, and parallel universes — it’s definitely a one-of-a-kind television show. But according to director and producer Shawn Levy, we haven’t seen anything yet.
Express reported on a radio interview Levy did on Southern California Public Radio and quoted him as saying, “A lot of season two is next-level, some crazy stuff, but we must service these characters who are now beloved, who are known to the audience.”
It’s hard to imagine what could be crazier than Season 1 of Stranger Things, but it will be fun to see!
With the huge success of the first season comes the pressure to make sure the next one is just as good or better without straying from all the things about Stranger Things that viewers fell in love with. Of course, everyone is thrilled that it was so well received, but the fear of disappointing fans with the second season is very real.
“This has been the challenge of it: on the one hand, as we’ve seen in the movie world, to do a follow-up that feels like the same thing is disappointing to an audience; to abandon things or change things from the original, that disappoints the audience.”
In order to avoid a second season of Stranger Things that flops, the Duffer brothers have studied some successful movie sequels like Aliens, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Terminator 2. They cited the fact that these movies feel different from the first movie in the series without forgetting about the things people loved about the first one.
Stranger Things will return with nine new episodes, which is one more than we had in Season 1. The titles have been released, and they read as follows.
- “Mad Max”
- “The Boy Who Came Back to Life”
- “The Pumpkin Patch”
- “The Palace”
- “The Storm”
- “The Pollywog”
- “The Secret Cabin”
- “The Brain”
- “The Lost Brother”
One thing that seems oddly undecided at this point is whether or not Eleven will appear in the new episodes.
The Duffer Brothers told Entertainment Weekly, “We don’t know about Eleven. We leave that up in the air.”
Can you imagine Stranger Things without Eleven? How odd would that be?
The Duffers mentioned something else that they will spend a lot of time on in Season 2 — the Upside Down. Now, this is where things could get “next-level crazy.” In Season 1, the Upside Down was talked about a lot, but we didn’t actually see it until toward the end, and we really don’t know much about it at this point. That will change in the next batch of Stranger Things episodes.
One more thing the Duffers want to make sure they do when Stranger Things returns is to give some justice to a favorite who fans thought died too soon: Poor Barb.
In that public radio show, Matt Duffer said, “Barb will not be forgotten. We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb. People get very frustrated, understandably, that the town doesn’t seem to be really dealing with Barb. That stuff is all happening. We’re just not spending any screen time on it.”
Of course, lots of other questions remained at the close of Season 1 of Stranger Things. Are there more monsters? Are there more kids like Eleven at the Hawkins facility? Are similar experiments being done at other locations? What the heck was that in the sink at the end of the finale? And those flashbacks. What were those about? Will Nancy end up with Jonathan or Steve?
These are just a few questions we hope will be answered when Stranger Things continues in 2017. There is no exact date at this point.
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