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It's been a great summer for television, and few shows epitomize the benchmark for high quality more than The Duffer Brothers' Stranger Things. The first season of the beloved Netflix series neatly tied up many of its storylines, while still leaving plenty of plot threads open for further exploration in the now confirmed second season. One Stranger Things story element that The Duffer Brothers will most certainly expand upon is the mysterious alternate dimension known as the "Upside Down." Matt Duffer explained:
We kinda just peeled back the curtain and revealed a tiny bit of the Upside Down. So we definitely want to explore a little bit more. There's a lot we don't know about the Upside Down at the end of Season 1.
In and interview with the Duffer Brothers, EW learned that the Upside Down would receive even further exploration when the nostalgia-inducing series inevitably returns in 2017. The search for Will Byers kept the entire first season at a fever pitch, and as such the series never really showed the audience too much of the Upside Down during its initial eight-episode run. With another season and a new storyline on the horizon, we can reasonably expect to see quite a bit more of the parallel dimension that lurks underneath our own. Will Byers obviously brought some element of the Upside Down back with him at the end of Season 1, so the horror clearly hasn't ended.
Of course, just because the second season of Stranger Things will retread into the Upside Down, doesn't necessarily mean that it will use the "demogorgon" monster again. The Upside Down is a huge, frightening place, and there's bound to be plenty more insane creatures and forces lurking inside of it. Ross Duffer elaborated further on this point:
We obviously have this gate to another dimension, which is still very much open in the town of Hawkins. And a lot of questions there in terms of, if the Monster is dead, was it a singular monster? What else could be out there? We really don't go in there much until they go in to find Will at the end. So we've opened up this doorway, and to us it's exciting to talk about, like, what else is behind there? There's a lot more mystery there to be solved.
The Duffer Brothers admitted elsewhere in their interview that Eleven's return has not been confirmed yet. Her story may very well have come to an end in Season 1 -- although we doubt it -- but Will's chronic slug coughing in the final moments of the season means that the Upside Down still has plenty of tricks up its sleeve. After all, the Dungeons and Dragons game played during the Season 1 finale seemingly hinted at an entirely new monster altogether.
Hawkins, Indiana is about to become an even stranger place than we already know, and we're so excited about that. CinemaBlend will bring you any and all details related to the upcoming season of Stranger Things as more information becomes available. Season 2 of the hit Netflix series will premiere sometime in 2017. Make sure to check out our comprehensive fall TV premiere schedule and mark your calendars accordingly!