‘Stranger Things’ Creators Talk Season 2: ‘We Want It To Be Different, Maybe A Little Darker’

Stranger Things was an even bigger hit than Netflix had anticipated after the streaming service agreed to let creators Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer develop their idea for the new series. By the end of the eight episode season, Stranger Things had amassed a huge following and left fans begging for more, particularly with an ending that seemed to create more mysteries than it solved. Even though Netflix has yet to give Stranger Things the go-ahead for Season 2, that hasn’t kept the Duffer brothers from revealing that they already have ideas in mind for continuing the story.

Matt And Ross Duffer On Bringing Us More Stranger Things

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Netflix may be stringing fans along by not answering the question of whether or not to renew, especially in light of what a huge success Stranger Things has been for the streaming service. Even without the official word, Community Voices reveals that everyone from the fans to the creators are banking on the idea that the series will be back for a second season, with the talented Duffer brothers already revealing their thoughts on what will come in Season 2 of Stranger Things.

“We kind of hint at where we might go at the end of the season,” Matt Duffer said following a Netflix press conference. “Will was living in this other dimension for about a week and the repercussions of that can’t be good. And this interdimensional rift we left open and that also can’t be good.”

While the Stranger Things creator says the end of Season 1 certainly offers clues to how they will proceed in Season 2, he adds that they will also change things up a bit. Mr. Duffer says fans shouldn’t get too comfortable with the tone and feel of Season 1 because there will be big changes for Season 2 of Stranger Things.

“We want to retain the tone, but I think all of our favorite sequels feel a little different [from the original]. It’s not just having another monster come and it’s a bigger, badder monster. We want it to be different, maybe a little darker but still have the sense of fun this one had.”

What will remain the same is the number of episodes, says Ross Duffer. Like his brother, Ross agrees that there should (and will) be a different tone for Season 2, but he says Stranger Things will also keep our favorite characters. As shooting began on Season 1 of Stranger Things, Ross says the production team realized just how endearing the actors and their characters were and that the fans would connect to the characters just as much as they did, so plans have already been made to bring many of them back.

The Duffer Brothers Offer Specific Teasers For Season 2 Of Stranger Things

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The Telegraph went one step further, gleaning more savory details, hints and clues, about what Ross and Matt Duffer are planning for Season 2 of Stranger Things, and they started with the top question on every fan’s mind. Is Eleven (El to her friends) really dead? Most of us are hoping that El will be back when Stranger Things returns, even though she was seemingly vaporized by the end of Season 1, and Matt Duffer seems eager to encourage those hopes. He doesn’t confirm that El is still with us, but he speaks about her future on the show, so it seems likely that there’s more Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) in Stranger Things.

“Obviously something happened to [Eleven] when she destroyed and killed that monster and we don’t know where she went,” Duffer says. “But we like the idea of potentially putting her and Hopper together.”

Almost as compelling of an issue is what has become of Will (Noah Schnapp) following his week-long stay in the Upside Down? Clearly, Will isn’t quite himself, as viewers learned in a scene with Will vomiting up slimy black slugs. Ross Duffer says Season 2 of Stranger Things will reveal that Will Byers has been affected by the Upside Down in many ways, and the next installment of the series will explore just how deeply he has been changed by the Upside Down.

Speaking of the Upside Down, fans want more about the monster. They want to know how long it has been terrorizing the town of Hawkins and they want more on its origins, all of which Ross Duffer says they plan to answer in Stranger Things.

“With the Upside Down,” the Stranger Things showrunner said, “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 there aren’t more monsters.”

There are more questions lingering in the air following such a suspenseful ending to the freshman season of Stranger Things, but fans will have to wait for the next eight episode installment to learn them. In the meantime, we hold out hope that Netflix will see the wisdom in renewing the show. Stranger Things have happened.

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