Last year’s Netflix original series Stranger Things was one of the many surprise hits the streaming service has cranked out over the past several years. Ever since they launched House of Cards, Netflix has been on a role with all the quality content they’ve provided. However, Stranger Things stood out due to its strong characters and its great blend of ‘80s nostalgia and Stephen King-esque horror.
Indeed one staple of King has always been children in jeopardy, and the Demogorgon and the Upside Down certainly qualified as pretty dark and twisted. With that initial season behind them, the next one is faced with the gargantuan task of not just living up to that first one, but one-upping it. Luckily, it doesn’t sound like they’ll be resting on their laurels, and if that Super Bowl trailer from a few months back is any indication, they aren’t going to be afraid to go darker.
Speaking with the YouTube channel GoldDerby, executive producer Shawn Levy gave some insight into what to expect next season, and from the sound of it, they’ll be amping up the horror.
“Will Byers is very much at the center of several intersecting challenges, threats in Season 2, and I think overall the forces of evil that are inherent in season two make that Demogorgon look quaint in retrospect.”
Gotta love it when they take the children in jeopardy trope and take it to the next level. Here’s hoping that along the way, they don’t drop the ball on the character development. While yes, the ‘80s nostalgia was pretty great, it all came back to the emotional core of these kids, and so long as they are able to keep us caring about said kids, those aforementioned evil forces will feel all the more threatening.
Regarldess, it sounds like they’ll be following these kids during a huge time of change. And with the change in front of the camera comes the inevitable change behind the camera. Last season, all the episodes were directed by either The Duffer Brothers or Shawn Levy. This time, they’ll be opening up to two more directors: Pixar’s Andrew Stanton and Rebecca Thomas. Levy elaborated on the reason behind the change, and the reasoning they had for waiting a full season before branching out.
“That’s been the difference this year. Last year we were very, very protective. In our first meeting with Netflix they were like ‘so what kinds of directors are you going to get for the show?’ and I was like ‘it’s going to be the brothers or me. That’s it. No one from the outside.’ I think it’s why Season 1 has a real consistency to the tone, and to the look, and to the vision. This year, we’ve had two other directors come in and do episodes: Andrew Stanton and Rebecca Thomas and those episodes are turning out great.”
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