2:58pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
'Stranger Things' Creators Talk Potential Second Season
Stranger Things left off its first season with a couple of loose ends, and the creators of the Netflix series are ready to explore those further with a season two.
"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," said Matt Duffer, who co-created the show with his twin brother Ross, during a panel Wednesday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour. "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."
Netflix has yet to announce a renewal for the 1980s-themed drama, which premiered July 15. When asked about a second season of the series earlier in the day, Netflix's content chief Ted Sarandos responded that it's important to give the first season of a show time to sit. "We always want to take some time to be thoughtful about the process," he said. "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."
The creators said that they hinted at where they plan to go with the series, should it get renewed, at the end of episode eight. "Will was living in this upside-down dimension for about a week, and the repercussions of that can't be good," said Ross. "So a lot of it is exploring that, and this interdimensional rift is still very much open — so that also can't be good."
The goal, they said, would be to ramp up the drama more slowly as opposed to starting with a big event in the beginning of the season. Said Ross: "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." His brother added: "It's going to be very different structurally, which is fun."
The pair maintain that they'd keep the episode length down, insisting that eight episodes is not only more "manageable" but also feels like a movie. "We don't feel like we have to tread water," said Matt, adding: "The idea would be do it as much as it feels natural and organic to tell that story, and then when it feels like you should bring it to a close ... I think Netflix would support that."