Last week was an exciting one for hardcore TV and film audiences. Plenty of popular properties debuted new footage, trailers, and information at San Diego Comic-Con, to the joy of droves of fans. And perhaps no TV trailer was quite as jaw dropping as Netflix's Stranger Things, which will release its second season in just a few short months. And while the sophomore season looks great, one has to wonder how long the mysterious tale of supernatural events in Hawkins, Indiana can feasibly run. Luckily for us, Ross Duffer explained their plans for the show, which will definitely not run indefinitely.
In a recent conversation with Collider about the success and future of Stranger Things, Ross Duffer explained the overall outline for the show's future, which likely won't run for all that many seasons. He said:
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.
This should be a relief to fans of the supernatural period piece. Mysterious dramas can often become saturated after a certain amount of seasons, with thin plots attempting to just keep the show going for money purposes. Stranger Things will avoid this by telling one specific story, and ending it appropriately.
Stranger Things was the surprise hit of last summer, with critics praising its strong performances and captivating plot. But I have been admittedly nervous for Season 2, as many of the mysteries were seemingly solved for the audience. But the new trailer for the show's second season already set up a ton of new and intriguing questions for the beloved characters. What's the giant monster in the clouds? Did Eleven make it out of The Upside Down, and did the Demogorgon survive her attack? And what the heck is happening to poor Will? These alone should make for another thrilling season of Stranger Things, and I can't wait for the acclaimed drama to return to the small screen.