The creators of Stranger Things know where the hit Netflix show's story is ultimately going to end up, but they're not exactly sure how long it will take to reach that final chapter.
Stranger Things became a surprise sensation when it debuted on Netflix in 2016, as it told the story of a group of young friends in the town of Hawkins, Indiana in the early '80s as they deal with supernatural occurrences. The recently released second season has largely been met with acclaim as well, and in the wake of House of Cards ending and Orange is the New Black's declining buzz, Stranger Things has solidified its position as Netflix's flagship series.
Speculation has been rampant regarding how long the series might run. In a new interview with Yahoo!, series creators Matt and Ross Duffer confirm they have an endpoint in mind, but aren't sure how long it will take to get there.
We have an end goal; we know where we want to go. We’re not quite sure how long it will take to get there, but we do have a plan. And some of it, it’s just because Season 2, we just came into it with so many ideas, and so many of them have been kicked further down the road. So we’re gonna use some of those. In [our Season 2 brainstorm], we figured out what that ending is, but it’ll take more than one year to get there.
It's good that the Duffer Brothers seemingly realize Stranger Things is likely a show that can't go on indefinitely. It's easy to imagine the show running into the sort of narrative problems that plagued Lost before that supernatural series was allowed to set its end date. Netflix also has a history of pushing successful series well past their creative expiration dates, so allowing the Duffers to end the series on their own terms would be a promising sign of evolution for the streaming giant.
There's also a practical aspect to the show's lifespan. The series' cast consists largely of kids who are about to grow up at a rapid clip. Stranger Things would be a decidedly different show with older teenagers at its core. It's possible the show can make that work; perhaps the Duffers's influences can jump forward to the '90s and adapt some of Buffy The Vampire Slayer's work of using high school as a metaphor for both figurative and literal hell. Regardless, it's an encouraging sign that the series' creators know where the story is going, even if it may end up being a shorter tale than both fans and Netflix might prefer.
Stranger Things 2 is now streaming on Netflix.