Netflix is a company thatâ€™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 TVâ€™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, theyâ€™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 arenâ€™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.
â€œMatt: 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 weâ€™ve been working on this almost all summer.
Ross: It drove me crazy. â€˜Please, can’t we just tell everyone weâ€™re doing a second season?â€™
Matt: Netflix has its mysterious ways, but it actually ended up working because it had built up to this fever pitch. I guess thatâ€™s what they were intending to do all the time.â€
The Duffer Brothers didnâ€™t wait for that greenlight in order to start planning for that season, however.
â€œMatt: 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 weâ€™re dealing with an alternate dimension. It feels like the possibilities are limitless. Weâ€™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.â€
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 havenâ€™t seen that video, check it out below:
So was there any rhyme or reason behind that type of unveiling?
â€œRoss: That was all our idea, so if it blows up in our facesâ€¦
Matt: Netflix had another teaser, but it was about going back to stuff that had happened already. I thought it wasnâ€™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 didnâ€™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 arenâ€™t the final chapter titles, everything in that teaser is major. But theyâ€™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 Iâ€™ve read a few that are right or very close.â€
Stranger Things Season 2 hits Netflix next year.
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