Yesterday Netflix puts nerds everywhere out of their misery by announcing that Stranger Things will get a second season, due in 2017. The announcement came via video, with what seem to be episode titles for nine new episodes, including “Mad Max”, “The Pollywog”, “The Brain”, and “The Lost Brother”. The video also says the “adventure continues” in 1984, a year after the events of season one. So this won’t be an anthology like Fargo or American Horror Story, but a serialized continuity. No wonder they’re following a roughly real-time schedule—they’ve got to get this done before the kids hit puberty.
Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of the show, dropped some details about season two, confirming that the kids will all be back, though they remain coy on the fate of Eleven. Given that Millie Bobby Brown is one of the best parts of the show, it would be insane not to bring her back, but they probably want us to wonder what happened to her after Will came back from the Upside Down. Are we really wondering, though? I thought they resolved Eleven’s situation pretty clearly. The open-ended thing was why Will is now throwing up slugs.
There will be new characters in season two, and the setting will expand beyond Hawkins, but it sounds like we’re still going to be dealing with the Upside Down and the ramification of there being a hellmouth in Hawkins. I enjoyed Stranger Things, but I’m not exactly dying of curiosity over what happens next. I sort of liked the idea of new seasons of Stranger Things being set in different times and places, with different monsters/fears, but the appeal of nostalgia is the safety of the familiar, and Stranger Things caters to people who love nostalgia. I’m not sure different is really what this audience wants.
Attached - Millie Bobby Brown and the kids from Stranger Things at AOL Build and on The Tonight Show yesterday.