It’s important to remember that a second series of Stranger Things hasn’t officially been confirmed yet, but you’d think that because of how many people have been talking about it and the traction it has received online, that a second instalment of the horror/crime mash-up is pretty much a given. If you haven’t seen it yet, I suggest you do have a look at it because it’s great fun and a good watch. If you’re an 80s child like me it will transport you back to a time of riding bikes around your town/village, VHS videos and all your favourite Spielberg movies rolled into one. Showrunners, The Duffer brothers, have been talking about a second series, if one were to happen, and it’s interesting reading.
Matt and Ross Duffer were speaking to the website IGN, and they were addressing questions about specific characters, Barb and the villain, Renner (played by a silver-haired Matthew Modine). Matt Renner said this about fan favourite Barb:
I can’t see it happening. But Barb will not be forgotten. We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb. People get very frustrated, understandably, that the town doesn’t seem to be really dealing with Barb. That stuff is all happening. We’re just not spending any screen time on it. It’s not like her parents are like ‘Oh Barb left. She died!’ Season One actually takes place over the course of six or seven days – it’s a really short period of time. So part of what we want to do with hypothetical Season 2 is to explore the repercussions of everything that happened.
He then went onto talk about Renner:
I would say that if we were going to kill Brenner… as an audience member watching the show, if that was his death, that would be very unsatisfying to me – when the monster jumps on him and we cut away. He would deserve much more than that as an ending. So yes, there’s a possibility of seeing him again.
So interesting little tidbits, even though there has been no word from Netflix (yet) as to whether a second run is in the pipeline. The fact that the Duffers are already talking about what may or may not happen in future is a good sign, though.