In the 46 days since Stranger Things was released on Netflix, it has risen from that show some of your co-workers were talking about around the water cooler (water coolers are still a thing, right?) to a full-on national phenomenon. Already one of the most watched shows in the history of the streaming service, the throwback sci-fi series from the Duffer Brothers and has reached True Detective season one-levels of fanaticism and made stars Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard all but household names.
Of course, an unintended side effect of binge-watching culture is the pressure put on the filmmakers to deliver more, faster. Stranger Things has now been greenlit for a second season and already, creators/producers Ross and Matt Duffer have been put through the ringer of interviews probing them for clues. So far, all we know is that a time jump will most likely be involved, a “Harry Potter Template” will be used to address the cast’s inevitable growth spurts between seasons and that the series may or may not (probably not) crossover with The Goldbergs.
Suffice it to say, these developments only satiated the bloodthirsty Stranger Things fanbase for a matter of minutes, forcing us in the film media to collectively call upon the big dogs at EW to break those Duffers down. After what we can only assume was an intense, hours-long interrogation, the Duffer Brothers finally cracked and offered a few more concrete details of what we can expect in season 2.
Perhaps most importantly, everyone is coming back for season 2. When asked if the pair ever considered anthologizing the series as some have suggested, Ross Duffer was quick to set the record straight.
I don’t think we ever thought anthology. I think we talked like a larger time jump where the kids are older now and it’s a different decade. That’s something we batted around from the very beginning. But for us, there’s still more story here, there’s still things that are unresolved.
Matt Duffer followed up by revealing that the visual and narrative influence of the show would be shifting away from its Spielberg-ian leanings of the first season to the leaner, darker style of fellow filmmaking legend James Cameron.
I know movie sequels get a lot of s—, but the ones we look up to aspire to pivot and do something different. There’s Temple of Doom, Aliens, Terminator 2. I guess a lot of this is James Cameron. But he’s brilliant. And I think 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. So I think we kinda looked to him and what he does and tried to capture a little bit of the magic of his work.
Among the other Stranger Things season 2 revelations was the notion that Hawkins won’t be the only setting; there will be new players added to the main cast; and that it will be one episode longer than its 8-episode first season (as already confirmed by Netflix too). That means one more D&D game, one more chance to see Chief Jim Hopper clean someone’s clock, and hopefully, one more trip to the Upside Down.
Stranger Things season 1 is available now on Netflix. Season 2 arrives in 2017.