Netflix is a company that’s done wonders doing things differently. When House of Cards first dropped onto the streaming service a few years back, no one could have predicted the mammoth success it would foretell. Additionally, no one could have predicted that dropping every single episode of a TV’s season would be as successful as it was. Screw airing episodes week-by-week, right? When one has a streaming service that encourages binge-watching, why would you put your audience through that?
Along with the likes of HBO, they’ve managed to help create a Golden Age of Television that begins to blur the lines between TV quality and film quality. One of the latest shows in this new age is Stranger Things, a horror series in the vein of Stephen King and old-school Stephen Spielberg flicks.
Almost immediately, the series caught fire on the web, and in the weeks following, it was announced that the show would, in fact, be getting a second season. But things aren’t always what they seem, and in a recent interview with THR, executive producers Ross and Matt Duffer revealed that Season 2 of the show was greenlit a while before.
“Matt: They greenlit the second season before we even premiered. So when everyone was going, "Is there going to be a second season?" we had been writing the entire time. So we’ve been working on this almost all summer.
Ross: It drove me crazy. ‘Please, can't we just tell everyone we’re doing a second season?’
Matt: Netflix has its mysterious ways, but it actually ended up working because it had built up to this fever pitch. I guess that’s what they were intending to do all the time.”
The Duffer Brothers didn’t wait for that greenlight in order to start planning for that season, however.
“Matt: Even way back when we pitched to Netflix the first season, we talked about where it would potentially go. They understood the potential. Season one does almost feel like a big movie that comes to a sort of ending. A lot of that was based on the character of Will and the repercussions of him being in this upside down world for a week. Exploring that would be the second season. Once we got into the room for season two, we started expanding our mythology. We never got boxed in, because we’re dealing with an alternate dimension. It feels like the possibilities are limitless. We’re building up the mythology in a way that we know now where we want the story and these characters to end. We have more of a game plan now than we did two years ago.”
The interview then delved into the announcement of Season 2. In a non-traditional fashion, the season was revealed via a YouTube video, wherein the titles for each of the upcoming episodes were revealed.
If you haven’t seen that video, check it out below:
So was there any rhyme or reason behind that type of unveiling?
“Ross: That was all our idea, so if it blows up in our faces…
Matt: Netflix had another teaser, but it was about going back to stuff that had happened already. I thought it wasn’t exciting enough, and we wanted to provide some hint of where we were going in season two without giving anything away. I do think some of the titles will change. There were titles we didn’t want to put on there because we felt like it would give too much away. The whole season was already broken when we did this.
Ross: So we did have a lot that we could tease.
Matt: Even if they aren’t the final chapter titles, everything in that teaser is major. But they’re ambiguous enough that no one is going to be able to figure it out. Some of the fan theories online are amazing. Most are wrong, but I’ve read a few that are right or very close.”
Stranger Things Season 2 hits Netflix next year.
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