Netflix hit Stranger Things is getting an after show for season 2, entitled Beyond Stranger Things. This development makes a lot of sense, as few shows have inspired as much debate and discussion among fans as Stranger Things. Full of twists, turns, and scares, Stranger Things is the perfect show to successfully sustain a post-show chat session, as there will likely never be a shortage of shocking surprises that cry out for further examination and analysis afterward.
The after show phenomenon of course kicked off via AMC's Chris Hardwick-hosted Talking Dead, which follows each new episode of The Walking Dead. Talking Dead also eventually expanded out to cover episodes of spinoff Fear the Walking Dead as well. Other shows to try - and sometimes fail - to launch after shows since include Game of Thrones, Better Call Saul, Mr. Robot, Bates Motel, and Doctor Who. Interestingly enough, Talking Dead producers Embassy Row are also set to produce Beyond Stranger Things.
According to THR, Beyond Stranger Things will debut on Netflix along with Stranger Things season 2 this Friday. Unlike most after shows, Beyond Stranger Things is not meant to be watched until one has finished the entire 9-episode second season, and will autoplay automatically after the season finale has finished streaming. Beyond Stranger Things itself only consists of 7 episodes, but promises to "analyze every aspect of the second season, including answering all burning questions."
Hosting Beyond Stranger Things is Jim Rash, a writer, producer, and actor who's still probably best known for playing wacky Greendale dean Craig Pelton on Community. Outside of Community, Rash won an Oscar for writing the 2011 George Clooney drama The Descendants. This won't be Rash's first time hosting a roundtable discussion program, as he previously hosted the short-lived Sundance series The Writers' Room from 2013-2014. Featured on the show were the writing staffs of such hits as Breaking Bad, American Horror Story, and House of Cards.
Those who tune in to Beyond Stranger Things will be treated to the insights of just about every possible person a fan could want to hear from, including creators the Duffer brothers, executive producer Shawn Levy, and every regular cast member. Beyond Stranger Things' first episode will feature a panel of the Duffers, Levy, Millie Bobby Brown, and Finn Wolfhard. Should Beyond Stranger Things do well, one assumes the show will return along with future Stranger Things seasons.
Stranger Things season 2 arrives on Netflix on October 27.