Netflix renews Stranger Things for season 2 – here’s what to expect
Aficionados of this summer’s small-screen sensation will be glad to hear we’re going back to Hawkins, Indiana, in the ’80s – and some of the loose ends from the first season might just get tied up
Want more Stranger Things? Done. The popular Netflix series, which premiered in July and turned into a small-screen blockbuster, will return in 2017 with nine new episodes, Netflix has announced.
Set in fictional Hawkins, Indiana, in 1983, the sci-fi thriller mini-series starts with the disappearance of a boy, Will, after an intense round of Dungeons & Dragons and some supernatural forces at play. Will’s mother (Winona Ryder), the police and Will’s friends – aided by a girl with mysterious powers – all search for the missing middle-schooler.
The series goes pretty heavy on the 1980s nostalgia, with nods to classic horror and sci-fi movies of the era, including A Nightmare on Elm Street and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. It evokes some Stephen King vibes, too.
So what will become of Stranger Things? Don’t expect it to go the way of True Detective, American Horror Story and other anthology series, which start brand-new narratives each season. Co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer, twin brothers, told Entertainment Weekly the show sticks with the same storyline, picking up in the fall of 1984.
“We talked like a larger time jump where the kids are older now and it’s a different decade,” says Ross Duffer. “That’s something we batted around from the very beginning. But for us, there’s still more story here [in the 1980s], there’s still things that are unresolved.”
That’s not too much of a surprise; the creators said in July that they left the series open-ended and wanted to explore another season with Netflix.
“We wanted it to feel like a big movie, so we wanted to resolve that main tension of where Will went and what happened to him,” says Matt Duffer.
This new season will include four new characters. Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Joyce (Ryder) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) are all expected to return. But Ross Duffer says that it’s still “up in the air” as to whether Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), the girl with the supernatural powers, will return.
The opening scene of season two’s premiere doesn’t take place in Hawkins, and the creators are looking to recreate some of that James Cameron-sequel magic (think Aliens and Terminator 2″).
“One of the reasons his sequels are as successful as they are is he makes them feel very different without losing what we loved about the original,” says Matt Duffer. “So I think we kind of looked to him and what he does and tried to capture a little bit of the magic of his work.”