Stranger Things, Netflix's new hit sci-fi series from the Duffer Brothers (Wayward Pines), instantly left audiences wanting more after the cliffhanger finale. While the show does wrap-up well as a complete story, some things were purposely left open to interpretation, in hopes that Netflix would green light a second season. The showrunners have successfully created a brand new, bizarre world full of endless possibilities and compelling characters, and they already claim to have multiple seasons of stories worth sharing.
Audiences fell head over heels for the relatable main characters, most of which were kids and teenagers with the exception of Will's Mother Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour). The A-team included four young nerdy boys in middle school, Will (Noah Schnapp), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and eventually "The Wierdo" Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). The rest of the cast consisted of Mike's older teen sister Nancy (Natalia Dyer), Will's outcast teen brother Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) and Steve (Joe Keery), the typical scumbag boyfriend that comes around at the end. Considering the actual ages of the cast are the same as their characters, viewers are wondering how the show will approach additional seasons, because the kids will eventually grow up.
In a recent interview with IGN at the Television Critics Association press day, Ross and Matt Duffer offered up an explanation on how they would work with aging characters:
Matt: "Yeah, you have to do the Harry Potter thing. You have to jump a year. Because like Gaten [Matarazzo], his voice has already dropped quite a bit, to the point where we couldn’t even do ADR with him. We had to pitch it way up. It’s dropped. He’s grown. As much as I would love to have it be Christmas right after that, it’s just not feasible, so we’re going to skip a year. They’ll be a year older and all their changes they’re going through, we’ll take that into account and kind of work that into the show."
Ross: "It’s also just exciting having these initial conversations about it because the jump allows us to say “what happened in that year?” It actually opens up a lot more storytelling possibilities. These characters have changed and the audience has to sort of fill in those gaps of what went on in that year. To us, it’s exciting. So the fact that we have to make this jump, because of the kids, we’re trying to use that to our advantage."
When asked if they would consider doing a comic book of the year in between seasons, they responded with a much more exciting alternative:
Ross: That’s a great idea! But what I really want is a video game.
Matt: Like an 8-bit… These fans, a lot of them have done this 8-bit video game art that’s blowing my mind.
Because Stranger Things pays homage to everything that is the '80s, an 8-bit video game set to some synth tunes would be an awesome idea to keep fans satisfied during the show's breaks. Even though the kids will be a year older in the second season, we are more than willing to grow up right alongside of them as they explore more of the Upside Down and uncover the mysteries of Hawkins Lab.
Stranger Things season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix.