Hands up who are currently engrossed in Netflix’s latest must-watch series, Stranger Things? Yes, me too. I’m two episodes in and I’m enjoying it greatly. One of the reasons I’m enjoying is because, as a child of the 1980s, it feels like a pitch-perfect mash-up of everything I loved about mainstream movies back then, right down to the explicit references from the likes of ET, The Goonies, 80s-era Stephen King and John Carpenter, all the way to its fabulous artwork, titles and soundtrack. It’s the most talked-about show on TV at the moment (bar Channel 4’s naked dating show Naked Attraction, which is a crime for different reasons), and even though it has a big supernatural element, it is a crime drama – it comes complete with a weather-beaten, tormented cop, a missing child and a group of pesky, investigating children. And now we have news about series two.
Matt and Ross Duffer are the showrunners, and they told Variety:
There’s a lot there we don’t know or understand. Even with ‘The Upside Down,’ we have a 30-page document that is pretty intricate in terms of what it all means, and where this monster actually came from, and why aren’t there more monsters — we have all this stuff that we just didn’t have time for, or we didn’t feel like we needed to get into in season one, because of the main tension of Will. We have that whole other world that we haven’t fully explored in this season, and that was very purposeful.
We leave these dangling threads at the end. If people respond to this show and we get to continue this story — we had those initial discussions of where we might go with it. If there was going to be a season two, we would reveal more of that 30 page document, but we’d still want to keep it from the point of view of our original characters.
We don’t answer all the questions by the end of the season — there are definitely some dangling threads. The hope is that it feels satisfying but that we left room and that if people respond to it we can go back into this world. But if we do get to go back, it’s not a second season as much as a sequel.
I would urge you, if you haven’t seen the show yet, not to read that Variety article in full, because it contains some major spoilers.
There will be a review of the show on this site in the next week or so.