With shows today landing second seasons before their first even debuts, Stranger Things‘s feeling of containment was one of the many refreshing things about the series. At the end of its brief 8 episode run, the show had wrapped up its story without too much of the obvious sequel-baiting we’re used to seeing (unless there was a post credits scene where Nick Fury tries to recruit El to ‘The Cause.’ Was that a thing I missed?). While I recognize there are those who’d like to continue seeing what happens to El and the gang next, Stranger Things also set itself up perfectly as the beginning of a continuing anthology series with each season focusing on different aspects of horror and Americana – like American Horror Story, but not awful.
Much as I’d love to see the Duffer Brothers take the latter path, however, their comments – as gathered by Bloody Disgusting – hint they’re more interested in the former.
You can check out the whole article by following the link above, but the gist of the matter is that it seems the Brothers put a lot of work into answering the questions left ambiguous by the season, and they don’t want that going to waste:
Even with the Upside Down, we have a 30-page document that is pretty intricate in terms of what it all means, and where this monster actually came from, and why aren’t there more monsters — we have all this stuff that we just didn’t have time for… If there was going to be a season two, we would reveal more of that 30 page document, but we’d still want to keep it from the point of view of our original characters.
Of course, they’re not so naive to think they can just check through the boxes left unchecked this season. As they explain it, “the plan is to continue with this set of characters while introducing a few critical key new ones next season.”
The quality the Duffer Brothers maintained during Stranger Things‘s first season leads me to believe they can be trusted not to bungle the chance to make something even bigger and better with the money the show’s glowing reception will doubtlessly earn it. That being said, it’s still a little disappointing. Stranger Things ends with some loose strings still hanging, but the satisfying kind – like the sort of strings that fascinate cats and viewers for hours upon hours. Or the strings on a fringe jacket, nature’s coolest jacket and strings. Still, if the worst this means is that the Duffer Brothers will tie said strings into a lovely bow, then that’s a good situation to be in. Then again, if answering the questions amounts more to cutting the loose strings and leaving no box, no fringe, no nothing to play with, that’d be a shame. On the other hand…
Anyways, I could waffle back and forth all day. How about you, dear readers? What do you most want to see from a second season of Stranger Things? Do you want to see the things we have get stranger, or to see brand new things stranger than can be imagined?