With production on the second season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” having just wrapped, the show’s cast and creative team have been doing Emmy campaigning at the Netflix FYSee Space in Los Angeles.
Series creators/executive producers Matt and Ross Duffer and executive producer Shawn Levy, who directed two episodes in the first season, talked about the slightly different and more horror-heavy tone of the new season, and how it won’t change the focus on the core characters. Levy says:
“There is a lot of talk – and I’ve contributed to it – about the move to darker threats and a larger cinematic scale, but here is the thing: ‘Stranger Things’ works because we root for these kids and we root for these damaged characters who live on the margins. Everyone is struggling with that feeling of being a bit on the outside looking in. But we know that what really brought us here are the characters that people connect to and that feel authentic … so Season 2 is every bit as loyal to characters first, and spooky second.”
The Duffers add that while the Demogorgon creature got a lot of screentime in the first season, the monsters of the second season will be kept more in the shadows. Ross Duffer days:
“The point is not to give everyone what they think they want. Because I don’t think they really know what they want. Hiding the monsters can be more effective than seeing them, so restraint can be a good thing. I can’t talk too much about them, but they’re cool.”
Finally, Matt Duffer confirmed that fan favorite character Barb is definitely not coming back for the new episode run:
“There’s no resurrecting Barb. It was really surprising how much she took off. I related to her, so I think other people did as well.”
“Stranger Things” returns to Netflix at Halloween with nine new episodes.