Both producer Shawn Levy and creators/showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer have teased the second season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” one that’s more outright horror in tone but will still keep the focus on the core group of kids and try not to expand too much in terms of scope.
In a recent Facebook Live session for THR, Levy continued to play up the new episodes as being both “scarier” and having “the best heart”:
“Season two makes the Demogorgon look quaint. I was just in the edit room with the brothers yesterday, and we’re like, ‘this is definitely darker, I hope everyone’s down with this,’ because the threats to Hawkins and to our characters are bigger, darker, often times scarier.
So people who found season one too scary for them, probably you’re going to be more scared by season two. But again, the best thing I can tell you is that through it all, it’s got the best heart. But it is, cinematically and budgetary, it’s definitely more ambitious.”
Levy also says that the Duffer Brothers are taking some big risks, ones which will likely upset some fans, but the pair are more than okay with not delivering what fans think they want:
“We are going to do things that fans will be disappointed in, but I think they will be more satisfied by… I’ll give one example that I’ve been asked about a hundred times which is people still think Barb’s alive. Because you think you want that, but you wouldn’t really want that.
I’ve had a lot of people, some huge celebrities come up to me at these awards shows, like, ‘So, between us, Barb’s coming back, right?’ I’m like ‘No, you saw, she had like a creature, slug, worm, snake, coming out of her mouth. I don’t know that there’s a bounce back from that!’ So no, we are not going to cravenly service the wish-list of fans, we’re going to service the Duffer instincts and what they feel is the right story to tell.”
The second season of “Stranger Things” debuts on Netflix on October 31st.