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– by David Kozlowski

Stranger Things’ journey through the “Upside Down” doesn’t end with Season 3, apparently there’s a much longer arc in-development and where it goes might surprise you. It was just last summer when we met this collection of troubled kids, their extended families, and their hard-nosed Sheriff from the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana — in a gripping homage to 80s sci-fi and horror movies — a show that came out of nowhere and set the Internet on fire. Stranger Things was THE water-cooler topic of 2016, and there’s every indication that Season 2 is prepared to build and expand on everything from that first epic season.

Unfortunately, those first 8 episodes were gone in a flash, and initially it wasn’t even clear if there would be a second season… but now it’s becoming obvious that the show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, and Netflix have no intention of stopping after just two seasons. According to Forbes, who spoke with director Shawn Levy, they’re only just getting started.

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Levy, who directed the Night at the Museum franchise, Date Night, and Real Steel in recent years, hit it big with Stranger Things in 2016, where he’s also an executive producer. Levy talks about the future of the show:

“There is no plan to stop Stranger Things after three seasons. That rumor is false. I will say right now we have a vision and arc for this story longer than three seasons. Additionally, we aren’t fighting the fact that our kids are getting older, we’re adjusting our storytelling so that we don’t infantilize them.”

This is really cool news, but in a way it’s also a little disappointing. One of the joys of Stranger Things was the uncertainty and tension in its storytelling — it felt like anyone could die at any moment. Knowing that we’re due for several more seasons with this same core cast implies that most of them will survive (and apparently death is negotiable too, as Millie Bobbie Brown is back in Season 2, Episode 1).

At the same time, it’s intriguing to learn that the show intends to stay with these kids as they get older. Does that imply that each season represents another year in these kid’s lives? I hope so, because it introduces the possibility of some really interesting narratives, as Levy explains:

“There was definitely something magic about these kids in season one. They’re still singular performers even as they get older and their innocence is replaced by more complicated new forms of their identity so we’re not going to try to handcuff them to the kids they were in season one. We’re going to try and grow with them, we’re going to write to their growth the way Game of Thrones has with Arya and Sansa.”

Stranger Things looks to up the ante in Season 2, as the “Upside Down” alternate dimension appears to cross over into our own reality. We also have new cast members (Sean Astin) and villains (Paul Reiser) joining the show — and almost certainly a boatload of surprises. Perhaps we’ll also get some answers regarding the goals of the Hawkins National Laboratory and their quest to study or harness whatever it is they’ve discovered on the other side.

How do you feel about Stranger Things extending beyond Season 3? Let us know in the comments down below!

Stranger Things Season 2 hits Netflix on October 27, 2017.

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SOURCE: Forbes

  • Dersu DeLarge

    It would be interesting to actually see these kids grow up on the show, though, perhaps having the show run that long might cause it to go past the point where it wears out its welcome.

    • That’s a great point, I too worry about overstaying their welcome. Hopefully, Season 2 is strong and solid enough that this isn’t a worry. However, it’s really, really hard for any show to replicate the magic over multiple seasons. I’m hopeful, however.

  • HUNTERofTROLLZ

    The show creators said it had a shelf life.
    The EP says it will go on longer that previously stated.
    Hmmm, shocker that the EP wants that money to keep coming.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I read somewhere that the shows creators only want the show to last 4 seasons and that they have a great way to conclude it all.
    If greed wins the day we may end up with something that isn’t very good.

    • A typical network show needs 88 episodes to reach syndication, where the long-term residuals live. I love Arrow and The Flash, but honestly it’s a grind to sit through 23-26 episodes per season (only about 1/3 are worth watching). Netflix has no such syndication arrangement, far as I know; I have no idea what kind of backend there is for creators there (if any at all). Great topic for more discussion!

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.