In the wake of the popularity and acclaim for its first season, you would think that Netflix would have already given the go ahead for a second round of its supernatural drama meets 1980s nostalgic love letter “Stranger Things”.
No renewal has been announced yet and speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour yesterday, Netflix’s content chief Ted Sarandos says they want to give the first season time to sit. He tells The Live Feed:
“We always want to take some time to be thoughtful about the process. When we first come out of the gate with something, we have an idea where it’s going to go but it’s sensible for us to let the show breathe. People are falling in love with it, let’s focus on season one.”
If it does get renewed though, the show’s creators Matt and Ross Duffer say there’s a bigger mythology behind what happened in the first season which the second could explore – despite wrapping up some key parts of it in the first season. Matt Duffer says:
“We wanted it to feel like a big movie, so we wanted to resolve that main tension of where Will went and what happened to him, but there’s a bigger mythology behind what happened, and there’s a lot of dangling trends at the end. So it’s open-ended in a way that if people wanted it and if Netflix wanted it, we could explore it and continue this storyline.”
His brother Ross adds that the plan would be for a slower build with the next season:
“Will was living in this upside down dimension for about a week, and the repercussions of that can’t be good. So a lot of it is exploring that, and this interdimensional rift is still very much open – so that also can’t be good. We want to retain the tone, but all of our sequels feel a little different. It’s not about just taking another monster – it’s a bigger, badder monster. We want it to feel a little bit different, a little bit darker.”
They also indicate there’s no plans to stretch out the length of the seasons, meaning the next season would also be no more than eight episodes.