Everyone’s supernatural summer obsession Stranger Things has expectedly been renewed for a second season and, according to its creators, there will be new and stranger-er things.
Premiering in 2017, Season 2 of the Duffer Brothers’ ’80s-influenced mystery will feature nine episodes and the same kids but with four additional characters, Variety reports. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, co-creator Matt Duffer teased the introduction of “new and interesting dynamics that we didn’t see in season 1,” which makes sense since it’s...a new season.
Thematically, he says, that includes referential nods (i.e. Aliens, Terminator 2) to director James Cameron, the father of Jezebel’s Titanic sub-blog. “He’s brilliant. And I think one of the reasons his sequels are as successful as they are is he makes them feel very different without losing what we loved about the original,” Matt told EW. “So I think we kinda looked to him and what he does and tried to capture a little bit of the magic of his work.”
Though Ross Duffer remained vague about the return of Eleven (“We don’t know about Eleven. We leave that up in the air”), it’s hard to imagine the show without her. The teaser below flashes episode titles for everyone to futilely decipher until 2017: “MadMax,” “The Boy Who Came Back to Life,” “The Pumpkin Patch,” “The Palace,” “The Storm,” “The Pollywog,” “The Secret Cabin,” “The Brain” and “The Lost Brother.”
Rather than an American Horror Story-type anthology series, the story will pick up where Season 1 left off, with our surrogate siblings from Hawkins, Indiana exploring the mysteries of the Upside Down world. “I don’t think we ever thought anthology,” Ross Duffer told EW. “I think we talked like a larger time jump where the kids are older now and it’s a different decade. That’s something we batted around from the very beginning. But for us, there’s still more story here, there’s still things that are unresolved.”
The biggest unknown, of course, is the Upside Down and what scientific explanation there might be for its existence. “We obviously have this gate to another dimension, which is still very much open in the town of Hawkins,” says Matt. “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?” TELL US.