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While the summer months are usually rather slow for TV (sorry Game of Thrones), this past summer brought a new massively popular series through Netflix's Stranger Things. The sci-fi period piece quickly enamored audiences, who binge watched Season 1 and elevated all of the characters and actors into pop culture royalty. The series was quickly renewed for a second season which will be released this October, but how long are the folks behind Stranger Things planning on producing more seasons? The Duffer Brothers (unsurprisingly) have a plan.
Entertainment Weekly recently did a few interview with the cast and crew of Stranger Things in order to promote its mysterious second season. When asked how many seasons The Duffer Brothers are planning to produce, they revealed that the current plans are for Stranger Things to last 4-5 seasons. So expect quite a bit of Hawkins, Indiana in the coming years.
This news is sure to be exciting to Stranger Things fans, and for a few reasons. The most obvious reason is that we'll be able to enjoy plenty of episodes in the future, expanding the mysterious and thrilling series far more than we ever could have guessed. And considering how fantastic the storyline and characters are, it's great that we'll be seeing tons more of Joyce, Eleven, and the rest of the gang.
But perhaps more exciting than the plans for more seasons is that Stranger Things will be produced with a definitive ending. Many shows have become a bit stale around Season 5, with crafting new and exciting stories becoming more difficult as years go by. This can sometimes result in shows running longer than they ought to and ending poorly, a la True Blood or Dexter. The Duffer Brothers know this trend all too well, and are trying to ensure that Stranger Things will have a purposeful and enjoyable ending. Matt Duffer told EW,
I want it to have a really finite ending. I don't want it to be one of those shows that runs out of gas and they lose it because they're losing interest. You wanna end when you're on top.
Break out the Eggo's, it's time to celebrate. Because rather than allowing Stranger Things to run out of gas, they'll be producing a finite amount of season in order to complete the show's story.
With that in mind, it's time to look forward to the second season of Stranger Things. The drama will be released a bit later this year, opting for a Halloween premiere, rather than being a consistent summer show. I personally feel like this might be a bit of a folly, as there is significantly less competition during the summer months. But perhaps Netflix is attempting to avoid a possible conflict with Orange is the New Black.
Regardless, Season 2 of Stranger Things will be released in its entirety on October 31st, 2017.