[SPOILERS for Stranger Things season 1 ahead.]
Netflix's original TV series Stranger Things is easily one of the surprise success stories of summer 2016. Created by The Duffer Brothers, the 1980s-set adventure is a blend of science fiction, fantasy, horror and coming of age story that creates an imaginative universe inspired by the '80s works of such storytellers as Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter and Stephen King, among others. It is also a universe that many viewers seem to be more than happy to revisit again, especially after season 1 ended by leaving a few tantalizing plot threads dangling to be picked up in a subsequent season(s).
The Duffer Brothers have since made it clear that they have every intention of moving forward with Stranger Things season 2 and would ultimately like to tell many more stories based around the young heroes of the show's first season. It remains to be seen whether or not that happens down the line, but for now we can confirm that the show will live on for at least one more season.
Netflix has now officially renewed Stranger Things for a second season, as the above announcement video confirms. Stranger Things season 2 will also have one more episode than season 1 did (9 in total) and will arrive in the summer of 2017. The above video reveals that the season 2 episodes will be titled "Madmax", "The Boy Who Came Back To Life", "The Pumpkin Patch", "The Palace", "The Storm", "The Pollywog", "The Secret Cabin", "The Brain" and "The Lost Brother".
Stranger Things season 1 has already become one of Netflix's most popular original series, as the online chatter surrounding the series is a testament to. Although the initial season largely works as a standalone narrative, there are indeed many questions leftover from its storyline that can and no doubt will be addressed in season 2, while the show's world itself is ripe for expansion.
Some of the season 2 episode titles likewise seem to reference key events from the first season; for example, 'The Boy Who Came Back To Life" could well be a reference to Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) being rescued from the Upside-Down in the season 1 finale. It could also be a nod to another young child who has, in some sense, returned from the dead when season 2 begins, of course.
Regardless, the hope now is that the Stranger Things sandbox will continue to be as much fun to play in during future seasons as it was over the course of its first eight episodes. Hopefully, Stranger Things season 2 in particular will both shed light on certain things from season 1 - like, is the lovable super-powered Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and/or the sinister Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine) still alive in some form (or rather, when it comes to Eleven especially, in some place) - at the same time that it takes viewers on another exciting, funny, spooky and touching adventure through the series' retro cinema-influenced vision of '80s America.
Stranger Things season 2 premieres on Netflix in summer 2017.