When will Stranger Things come back?
The Netflix supernatural series has been one of the biggest surprises of the year, pulling in a massive audience with its well-told story and characters filled with depth. It doesn’t hurt that the show is tailor-made to pull the strings of nostalgia for the 30- and 40-somethings who grew up on a steady diet of science fiction in the 1980s, when E.T. ruled the theaters and the genre was at its peak.
But because of the easily consumable nature of the show and the tendency for Netflix subscribers to binge watch, most fans of the show have already blown through the first season and are now asking, “When will Stranger Things be back for Season 2?”
WARNING: There are some major Stranger Things spoilers ahead, so if you’re not finished with the show, you may want to be careful reading ahead, or skip to the bottom below the bolded text, which is when the spoilers end.
There are already plenty of loose strings that have left fans yearning for the next season of Stranger Things, including the unresolved fate of Barb, who appears very likely to be a goner. Creators Matt and Ross Duffer told IGN that while she won’t be making a sci-fi back-from-the-dead comeback, fans will see some justice for her in Season 2.
— Variety (@Variety) August 22, 2016
“But 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.”
— Variety (@Variety) August 22, 2016
They also hinted that there could be more from the villainous Brenner, who likely wasn’t killed by the monster that appeared to attack him.
“I would say that if we were going to kill Brenner… as an audience member watching the show, if that was his death, that would be very unsatisfying to me – when the monster jumps on him and we cut away. He would deserve much more than that as an ending. So yes, there’s a possibility of seeing him again.”
With the unresolved plot lines floating, anticipation for the next season of Stranger Things has been building to a fever pitch, with many fans searching for clues across the internet as to when it might be coming back.
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An official announcement on the second season of Stranger Things could likely be coming soon. The Duffer brothers have already been sharing details about the possible renewal, a strong sign that it may already be in development, ReleaseDate noted.
Netflix has been known to move fast in ordering additional seasons of its popular shows and picked up the second season of Orange Is the New Black even before the first season debuted, TV Guide noted. And Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has all but confirmed that the show will be back, telling the Guardian that “we would be dumb not to.”
But ReleaseDate noted that the streaming video service may drag out the official announcement of a Stranger Things Season 2 premiere date a little bit longer to prolong the intense focus on the show.
“We have to admit that ‘Stranger Things’ is perhaps the most exciting phenomenon that ever happened at Netflix, and undoubtedly, this is the most gripping premiere of the summer. In fact, we suspect that ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 has already been confirmed by Netflix, given that the Duffer brothers have mentioned many times numerous details of Season 2 as well as revealed their ambitious plans. However, Netflix keeps the audience in suspense, while planning the announcement of ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 as a sensation, which is able to cause a viral effect in the media.
But while it’s all but guaranteed the show will return and very likely that the next season is already in at least the early production phases, there is no guarantee that Stranger Things will be coming back soon. Netflix shows can often have quite a bit of lag between seasons, with Orange Is the New Black generally taking one year between new ones. So fans can likely look forward to a return sometime in mid to late 2017.
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