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Although the end of the summer is usually a mildly depressing, hardcore TV fans can find solace. Because most shows return for new seasons come September, once again allowing avid TV watchers to watch their favorite small screen adventures every week. And few shows are as hotly anticipated for their return as Netflix's Stranger Things. The sci-fi period piece will arrive in late October, just in time for Halloween. And while we're all eager to return to the mysterious adventures in Hawkins, Indiana, The Duffer Brothers aren't planning on giving the show an open ended run. Right now it looks like the Stranger Things will run until Season 4, mostly because it makes no sense for the characters to stick around after encountering endless terrifying creatures. They said,
Matt Duffer: We just have to keep adjusting the story. Though I don't know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year.
Ross Duffer: They're going to have to get the fuck out of this town! It's ridiculous!
As much as Stranger Things fans want to see endless seasons happen over at Netflix, this does make sense. The Duffer Brothers' statement to Vulture indicates how realistically they're approaching the new series, even if its a somewhat out of this world concept. It just wouldn't make sense for Joyce not to take her family and leave eventually, especially given the giant creature that will be the main villain of Season 2.
One has to give The Duffer Brothers credit for being able to have such a clear plan for the future of the series. Much like HBO's Game of Thrones, it appears that the creators are more interested in crafting a well produced ending, than continuing the series indefinitely. Countless popular TV shows have lost momentum around the time of Season 5, as the focus can easily shift into making more money instead producing the best content. But Stranger Things will avoid this by producing four great seasons, and leaving the town of Hawkins behind.
In addition to crafting the right story, limiting the amount of seasons for Stranger Things is probably smart logistically. The series has a fantastic cast of child actors in leading roles, and they're going to begin aging rapidly. So if the Mike and his friends are going to stay looking appropriately youthful, they should hurry up and produce the next two seasons quickly.
It should be interesting to see where Stranger Things goes in its next three seasons. Season 1 was fascinating because there were so many mysterious. Who was Eleven? What is the demogorgon? Where did Will Byers go? But with the majority of those questions answered, it's unclear how the main characters have managed to go back to their regular lives. And with new mysteries popping up, just about anything is possible for The Duffer Brothers' big hit.
Stranger Things' second season will be released in its entirety on October 27th. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.