"Stranger Things" Season 2 might still be up in the air, but the creators of the Netflix series already have a storyline in mind for the next installment.
"Stranger Things" creators Matt and Ross Duffer recently opened up about the series in a phone interview with IGN and dished on what's in store for fans in Season 2. According to the brothers, the follow-up, which will be set in 1984, will be "darker" and "weirder" than the series' freshman run.
"We like thinking of these as movies, and it's going to feel very different, and I'm sure that a lot of people are going to prefer Season 1, but I think a lot of people will prefer Season 2 because I think it's going to be a little darker, and a little weirder. I think we feel like we have a license to go a little weirder in this season, so that's been a lot of fun. We're going to have a bit more VFX to play around with. We're really excited about it," Matt told the publication.
As to why they decided to set "Stranger Things" Season 2 in 1984, the co-creators explained that this year was an "amazing" one for pop culture and the movie industry, and they want to "capture a little bit of the magic" of the films that came out in this year, which include "Ghostbusters," "Karate Kid," "Gremlins" and "Temple of Doom."
"Something like 'Temple of Doom,'" Matt said of their inspiration for "Stranger Things" Season 2. "I actually really love 'Temple of Doom,' I love that it gets a little darker and weirder from 'Raiders,' I like that it feels very different than 'Raiders' did. Even though it was probably slammed at the time - obviously now people look back on it fondly, but it messed up a lot of kids, and I love that about that film - that it really traumatised some children. Not saying that we want to traumatise children, just that we want to get a little darker and weirder."
"Stranger Things" Season 2 will also focus on a new mystery. The first installment revolved around Will Byers, but now that he's been found, our characters will have a new problem to tackle.
"It was important in Season 1 that we have this very clear tension - Will Byers goes missing and it's about finding him and bringing him back. And we resolved that main tension, obviously. There are lingering questions, but the idea with Season 2 is there's a new tension and the goal is can the characters resolve that tension by the end. So it's going to be its own sort of complete little movie, very much in the way that Season 1 is," Ross told IGN.
The co-creators also dished on what's in store for some of the characters, revealing that while Barbara may have died in the first season, she "will not be forgotten."
"We'll make sure there's some justice for Barb. People get very frustrated, understandably, that the town doesn't seem to really be dealing with Barb. That stuff is all happening, we're just not spending any screen time on it. It's not like her parents are like 'Oh, Barb left. She died!' Season 1 actually takes place over the course of six or seven days - it's a really short period of time. So part of what we want to do in the hypothetical Season 2 is to explore the repercussions of everything that happened. Everything was left a bit of a mess in that there's a little bit of clean-up to be done. It was so messy that it's impossible to completely clean that up so a lot of it bubbles to the surface in Season 2," Matt explained.
As for the love triangle in Season 1, there's a chance that Nancy might still end up with Jonathan next season, though she chose Steve in the first installment.
"We make a month-long jump [in Season 1] and we don't really get into what happened in that month, but I will say that obviously, even though Nancy and Jonathan were making a connection, we really wanted Steve to make that hero turn at the end. He leaves his obnoxious, terrible friends and ends up saving the day with the monster and the baseball bat. So we did want Steve to make this turn. Part of that was because Joe Keery who played him was just supposed to be this obnoxious d--chebag but he was so likable that he gave the character such dimensions that we wanted to give him an arc at the end," said Ross.
But though the pairing might change in the future, the co-creators believe that Nancy ending up with Steve in the first season was "realistic."
Netflix has not yet confirmed "Stranger Things" Season 2. Meanwhile, tell us what you thought of Season 1 in the comments below!