When the first season of Stranger Things came to a close, it tied up all the loose ends in such a way that it would have been satisfactory if that was all there was to it. The questions that did remain at the end – those slugs that Will Byers coughed into the sink, for instance – were tantalising enough that there was plenty to build upon, but subtle enough that it wouldn’t have kept anyone up at night wondering what it meant for the story. Still, fans all over the world were relieved to learn that there were future seasons coming when it was announced barely a month after the show’s debut.
Excitement for the new season has only mounted, with each new drip of information or image or teaser eagerly lapped up by hungry fans. If that enthusiasm is anything to go by, it’s safe to assume that people could carry Stranger Things for many seasons yet to come.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the creators of the show, Ross and Matt Duffer, addressed the idea of future seasons after the one due for release later on this year.
Ross Duffer claims that, in the script for the second season, they have “laid the groundwork for further seasons”, explaining that the plot structure will be similar to the first, with a self-contained story but enough mysteries left to keep you hooked:
“Hopefully you’ll come to the end of season 2 and feel fully satisfied and want more but you’ll feel like it has come to a conclusion.”
It was clear that neither of them wanted to give away too much, even if only because it is unlikely that anything will be set in stone as the creative process develops.
Ross Duffer even clarifies, “Everything changes as we move forward so we’ll see.”
However the series progresses, they make it clear that they want to stay committed to producing high quality television. Matt Duffer stated categorically that he wants it to end on their own terms:
“I want it to have a really finite ending. I don’t want it to be one of those shows that runs out of gas and they lose it because they’re losing interest. You wanna end when you’re on top.”
If the Duffer brothers continue to produce new seasons with the same kind of cultural impact as the first, there could be a long future ahead for Stranger Things. Though they’re not giving too much away just yet, the knowledge that they’re prepared so far in advance for at least a third season suggests it wouldn’t be unwise to hope for longevity.