It was a year ago that the Duffer brothers brought us back to the ’80s with last summer’s surprise hit, Stranger Things. The brothers captured the nostalgia of the decade, and the classic films it produced with near perfection. With Season 2 set to return from the upside-down and hit Netflix in October (was that the best trailer from ComicCon or what?), Collider caught up with the Duffer brothers and producer/director Shawn Levy and discussed where the show may go after Season 2, and what type of story they want to tell overall.
“Well we started having those real conversations after the first season came out, and I think us and Shawn, and we talked to Netflix–we sort of have a rough plan and I think the important thing for us was to really start to lay the groundwork this season for what would be the arc for the rest of the show. In terms of exact number of seasons we’re not sure, but I know that Matt and I wanna stick with it and just sort of finish it out. But again we don’t want to linger too long, we just want to tell the story that we want to tell and get out. Hopefully people are like, ‘I want more!’ and that’s great, but that’s sort of how we want to leave it. In terms of spinoffs, I don’t think we’ve gotten that far. Because for us it’s really just about focusing on this story and just getting it done.”
It is comforting for fans to know that the brothers are focused on Stranger Things and want to see their vision through, but that spinoffs are something they may have in the back of their mind and are not off the table. Producer Shawn Levy went on to talk about how the Duffer brothers are being offered movie deals, but that they have stayed true to this wonderful world they have created, and they completely understand what they have with the show.
“There is no succession plan. There’s no like, ‘Oh the Duffers are gonna pull back.’ It’s a tiny creative team that makes this show, it’s predominantly this twinship that makes this show, and luckily for us and fans of the show, they’re being offered movies every week, but they love this thing they’ve created, they know the value of it. To get to create a world of characters that the rest of the real world embraces, you’re lucky if you get that once in a career. They’re young but they’re also smart enough to know that, that it’s a gift. It’s not like we’re grooming someone that we’re gonna hand the show off to, it’s us and we’re in it, and it’s because we still love it. We’ve got a lot of story left.”
Matt Duffer also chimed in with a timetable for when Season 3 might arrive:
“It’s funny that you read these comments and people are mad about the wait, and I’m like ‘I’m gonna die.’ (laughs) I can’t do anymore for my own sanity, and also it’s about quality control too. I think it makes a big difference. So we’re trying, but if anything I want more time not less time. I think it’s gonna be worth it. What is it 15 months? We’ll try to stick to that.”
I think most fans are fine with however long it takes the brothers to maintain consistency and keep up the quality of the show, although it would be nice to have a time of the year we call ‘Stranger Things‘ time.
What do you folks make of all this? How many season do you think the show will run for? Let us know in the comments down below!
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