Uh-oh. The end is near. Well, sort of.
In our current age of story-centric serialized television, it’s become more and more common for shows to have finite endings. Just look at shows like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and Gravity Falls. All are/were amazing in their own right, and all have ended — or will end, in the case of Game of Thrones — on their own terms. This also seems to be the case for the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. In fact, this is latest report from EW seems to confirm one of our hot rumors from last September.
To make a long story short, we had a source who was aware of their original location scouting for the series, and in attempts to lock down some grant funds, it was revealed they had a 5-season arc planned for the show.
Now, this latest word from the two creators, courtesy of EW, seems to confirm thee original plans. When asked about how long they plan on making the series, they pretty stated that they were shooting for four or five seasons.
One of the co-creators, Ross Duffer wanted to make it clear that that’s not set in stone, however, saying, “Everything changes as we move forward so we’ll see.”
Matt Duffer added:
“I want it to have a really finite ending. I don’t want it to be one of those shows that runs out of gas and they lose it because they’re losing interest. You wanna end when you’re on top.”
Of course, most TV viewers would very much agree with that. Many shows seem to go through multiple phases, wherein they’re the new hot thing, then where they could supposedly end it, but thanks to good ol’ fashioned money, networks are usually more apt to milk every last cent out of the show, regardless of a declining interest. Just take a look at the bloated nature of the American version of The Office, which would have fared better at five to six seasons.
Ross Duffer also commented on what they hope to achieve with Season 2, and while they’re definitely trying to tell one big story, it’s clear that they’re also trying to make sure each season stands well enough on its own.
“Hopefully you’ll come to the end of season 2 and feel fully satisfied and want more but you’ll feel like it has come to a conclusion. But also we’ve laid the ground work for further seasons.”
In many ways, I’m seeing this method as a similar approach that authors use with novel series — and is also not unlike with Marvel is doing with their own Netflix shows. The Duffer Brothers certainly have the right idea, so let’s hope they’ll be able to follow through on the execution!
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