Fans of the current summer hit, “Stranger Things,” can sleep well again: Netflix has confirmed a second season for 2017.
Well, perhaps they should not get used to sleeping too soundly; if season one was the tip of the other-worldly-iceberg, then season two is sure to keep viewers on the edge of their seats for weeks to follow.
After all, for a show that targets the strange and familiar, much of what makes “Stranger Things” unique, is what makes it new to the streaming screen. The eight-episode first season gave viewers the authentic taste of the 80s that has been missing since…well, the 80s. Nostalgia is one heck of a drug, and “Stranger Things” viewers easily became immersed in the realistic and throw-back essence of the series from the get-go.
The series, created by brothers Ross and Matt Duffer, centers around Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) who will stop at nothing to find her missing son, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp). But with her son’s disappearance, the show then introduces an enigmatic little girl, named Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). With her appearance, the plot begins to thicken, the mysteries begin to grow, and “strange things” begin to happen. The show’s adherence to all things mystery and 80s, Will’s loyal band of friends who are eager to find him, and Ryder’s intense acting chops have all been highly praised. It was only a matter of time until Netflix ordered another season.
Ross Duffer told Tech Insider, “Obviously we’ve left some dangling threads at the end of the season that we’d like to resolve — and we love these characters and we want to continue with them for a little bit — but unlike a traditional TV show, what we really want to do is treat the second season as if it were a sequel, you know, a movie sequel, in that we do have a new tension. It’s still tied into the original events in season one but there’s a new main tension that needs to be resolved as well, and that idea to us is exciting.”
This isn’t the show “LOST,” but perhaps its following in its footsteps – bringing forth new questions before answering the other ones. Viewers may be fine with this for a while, but with fan-favorite Eleven’s fate still a mystery, how long can the creators wait to give her the proper story – or perhaps, to some’s dismay, the proper ending?
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Duffer Brothers said they toyed around with the “anthology” idea, and then maybe executing a time-jump, until settling upon continuing the story in 1984 with the same characters and cast. The second season cast has not been confirmed, but Ryder for sure will be back. Others? Not all are accounted for.
“We don’t know about Eleven,” Ross Duffer told Entertainment Weekly, “We leave that up in the air.” So Eleven’s fate might remain a big question mark, but with a show such as “Stranger Things,” perhaps that is what is to be expected.
Until season two’s debut in 2017 – it might be the last we all see of Eleven. *Shudders*