While the world eagerly anticipates the arrival of Stranger Things’ second season this October, its creators are already thinking about the show’s climax. The Netflix original series defied the odds, and swiftly becoming one of the most talked about shows of the year despite the fact it doesn’t rely on a plethora of Hollywood stars or aggressive marketing campaigns. Instead, Stranger Things charmed and terrified its audiences in equal measure, combining strong characterisation and visceral horror with a liberal dose of 80s nostalgia. At this year’s Comic Con, the series’ creators and executive producers Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, and Shawn Levy gave some hints as to how they see the series panning out.
As of now, says Ross Duffer, the number one priority is figuring out how the story ends:
“Well we started having those real conversations after the first season came out, and I think us and Shawn, and we talked to Netflix—we sort of have a rough plan and I think the important thing for us was to really start to lay the groundwork this season for what would be the arc for the rest of the show. In terms of exact number of seasons we’re not sure, but I know that Matt and I wanna stick with it and just sort of finish it out. But again we don’t want to linger too long, we just want to tell the story that we want to tell and get out. Hopefully people are like, ‘I want more!’ and that’s great, but that’s sort of how we want to leave it. In terms of spinoffs, I don’t think we’ve gotten that far. Because for us it’s really just about focusing on this story and just getting it done.”
The brothers said that they see the story of Stranger Things comfortably fitting into a four to five season schedule, with Ross adding, “We’re gonna know more as we start really getting into breaking Season 3, which is soon.”
Fans of the series will be pleased to learn that the Duffer Brothers have been ignoring a slew of offers from Hollywood, so intent are they to see the show through to its conclusion, and Levy explained how integral their involvement is to the show:
“There is no succession plan. There’s no like, ‘Oh the Duffers are gonna pull back.’ It’s a tiny creative team that makes this show, it’s predominantly this twinship that makes this show, and luckily for us and fans of the show, they’re being offered movies every week but they love this thing they’ve created, they know the value of it. To get to create a world of characters that the rest of the real world embraces, you’re lucky if you get that once in a career. They’re young but they’re also smart enough to know that, that it’s a gift. It’s not like we’re grooming someone that we’re gonna hand the show off to, it’s us and we’re in it, and it’s because we still love it. We’ve got a lot of story left.”
Unlike many producers, the Duffer Brothers are intimately involved in the writing and directed of each episode, which should ensure that Stranger Things remains consistent throughout its run. As for when Season 3 might arrive, Ross noted, “We’re not quite on the yearly cycle, as you can tell. But we’re gonna do it as fast as we can without totally burning out.”
Matt added that although he appreciates the enthusiasm of their fans, the team is certainly not slacking:
“It’s funny that you read these comments and people are mad about the wait, and I’m like ‘I’m gonna die.’ (laughs) I can’t do anymore for my own sanity. And also it’s about quality control too. I think it makes a big difference. So we’re trying, but if anything I want more time not less time. I think it’s gonna be worth it. What is it 15 months? We’ll try to stick to that.”
With other big-name shows seemingly treading water due to a lack of creative purpose in their later seasons, it’s fairly reassuring to know that the Duffer brothers are already thinking ahead, planning to create a cohesive storyline capable of delivering across a four or five season run. Something tells us that season four of Stranger Things won’t feature an Ed Sheeran Cameo. If the coming seasons can deliver on the promise of a stellar season one, we’re happy for them to take their time with it.