Stranger Things, which popped up on Netflix on July 15th, has become a new favorite for many among the plethora of high quality original content on the streaming platform. The show largely plays homage to horror twinged, adventurous ‘boy’ films of the 1980s, with an even heavier atmosphere. The show itself is about the disappearance of a young boy, Will Bryers, in 1983 Indiana, and the increasingly strange circumstances that happen afterward (or rather, because of it), including the appearance of a mysterious girl with unnatural powers. While many fans loved it, they thought it was truly over. It seems, however, Netflix has other plans.
The show was created by Ross and Matt Duffer, brothers who have worked together on numerous projects including the 2015 film Hidden, as well as writing episodes for Wayward Pines. The fact the show was embraced so quickly was what ensured a second season on the service. The show’s executive producers, Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen revealed that the second season would follow the same characters, but also introduce new characters that are critical to the story. Season one ended with “questions that merit future stories and future investigation” (as described by Levy). when speaking to Variety, Ross Duffer had this to say about the unanswered questions—spoiler alert for those who’ve not yet made their way through the first season, of course:
“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”
The other brother, Matt, had a few words to IGN about how they’re going to approach the second season.
“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.”
Apparently, there is still plenty left to discover and explore in the world of Stranger Things, especially two scenes from the climax of the first season that set up more questions to be answered, as others were resolved. If you are a fan of the show, then there’s no doubt you are eager to see what the Brothers Duffer can throw at us next. Hopefully it doesn’t cut short like Twin Peaks and get a revival twenty years later just to finish the story.