Netflix’s “Stranger Things” managed to make it to screens without much pre-release information spoiled, which partly explains why it was such a success – the surprise was a selling point.
The second season has no such anonymity, and so everything on the project is being kept under much tighter security and scrutiny. That hasn’t stopped the showrunners and producers from getting creative.
Speaking with Collider, executive producer and director Shawn Levy says that showrunners the Duffer Brothers actually had too many ideas to be utilised for a second season, with some being pushed to a potential third one:
“As the episodes were written by the Duffers, they realised that there was too much story for nine episodes. So it forced us to be judicious in which stories we tell this season. So one of the surprises was, not all of our grand ideas are going to be serviced in one season… If we had 40 ideas going into the season, 30 [we] are going to pick, and the rest go in the back of our head for, hopefully, future chapters.”
Levy also confirmed that the new episodes are going to involve a lot more of actor Noah Schnapp as Will Byers after sitting out much of the first season due to being kidnapped and in the Upside Down. Schnapp is ready for the challenge according to Levy:
“When we cast the kids, we cast Noah Schnapp as Will Byers knowing that he was only in a small amount of Season 1 because he was missing. And we cast him because we knew that kid was special. Even if we weren’t going to call on his full reservoir of abilities in Season 1.
Will Byers is very much at the center of Season 2. Noah steps up in the most staggering way. The Duffers and I, depending on who’s directing, keep sending texts to each other going, ‘holy s–t, Noah is crushing it’ and we knew he had it in him, and it’s really now to get in that moment, and put him firmly in the thick of story.”
The second season of “Stranger Things” is targeting an October 31st 2017 release.