This summer's TV season has been hotter than ever, thanks to a new Netflix series that fans can't stop talking about, Stranger Things. The eight-episode first season debuted in its entirety just under two weeks ago, and fans have been chomping at the bit, wondering if the streaming service will issue a Season 2 renewal. Given the critical acclaim for this series, a renewal certainly seems likely, but while we wait for an official announcement, the show's creators offered some tidbits about what may or may not happen in Season 2.
The show was created by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer, who cut their teeth through a number of short films and by serving as executive producers on Fox's Wayward Pines last season. During a new interview with IGN, Matt Duffer reveals that they didn't necessarily want to answer every question at the end of Season 1, but they also didn't want to resolve the main story. Here's what he had to say, revealing he didn't want to do the same thing AMC's The Killing did in their first season.
"We wanted to do a couple things with this season. We didn't want to do The Killing thing. We wanted it to resolve that main thing of Will going missing in the first season. So in that sense, it is like an eight-hour movie. Now, 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."
Set in Hawkins Indiana in the 1980s, Stranger Things chronicles the search for a young boy who vanishes into thin air under highly suspicious circumstances. His mother (Winona Ryder) opens an investigation into the boy's disappearance with local authorities that unravels a series of mysteries involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. A love letter to the ubiquitous cult classics of the 80's, Stranger Things is a coming of age story for three boys that draws this quaint community into a world where mysteries lurk beneath the surface. In a separate interview with Variety, Ross Duffer had this to say about a possible second season and how they have a detailed document that breaks down everything about this mysterious monster.
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."
Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), Matthew Modine (Dr. Brenner), David Harbour (Chief Hopper), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Millie Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson) and Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler). The supporting cast also includes Noah Schnapp (Bridge of Spies). The new drama series written and directed by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines, Hidden) consists of eight, one-hour long episodes. Executive producer Shawn Levy also revealed how hopeful all the producers are that Netflix will give them another season.
"We definitely are hopeful to go several more seasons. And the plan is to continue with this set of characters while introducing a few critical key new ones next season. So I'll just say that a lot of the big mysteries get answered at the end of Season 1, but we are very much kind of unearthing new problems and questions that merit future stories and future investigation in the most enjoyable way. So we are in love with our cast and our characters. Things end up being resolved to some extent at the end of Season 1, but not entirely. And that's why we're so hopeful we get another few seasons to live with these people a little longer."
It isn't known when the streaming service plans on making an announcement about the fate of Stranger Things, or, if Season 2 does move forward, when production may begin. The first season spanned just eight episodes long, and we don't know for sure if Netflix would keep the second season at eight episodes, or possibly order a longer season.