It seems like Stranger Things is bursting at the seams with plot ideas. Enough to propel them into a full third season.
Mashable reported some joyful news for Stranger Things fans. Producer Shawn Levy revealed that the Duffer Brothers’ creative cup overfloweth, and a lot of their ideas couldn’t be contained to the nine green-lit episodes for Season 2. I guess they’re just going to have to get another nine going for the following season!
Levy told Mashable that they had to kill their darlings, so to speak, when they realized “not all of our grand ideas are going to be serviced in one season… If we had 40 ideas going into the season, 30 [we] are going to pick, and the rest go in the back of our head for, hopefully, future chapters.”
Whatever is going to happen, the cast is teasing that the second season is going to be “darker,” and maybe scarier and more complex. At a recent Netflix premiere, Gaten Matarazzo said that the “history and lore of the show itself” will be emphasized, in addition to each character’s personal history. This hopefully means we’ll be seeing a bit of Eleven’s life before her time in the Department of Energy, and a lot more of Will Byers.
In fact, this was one thing that Levy actually confirmed by lauding the performance of Noah Schnapp in the upcoming season:
"When we cast the kids, we cast Noah Schnapp as Will Byers knowing that he was only in a small amount of Season 1 because he was missing. And we cast him because we knew that kid was special. Even if we weren’t going to call on his full reservoir of abilities in Season 1,” Levy said. “Will Byers is very much at the center of Season 2. Noah steps up in the most staggering way. The Duffers and I, depending on who’s directing when, we keep sending texts to each other going, ‘holy shit, Noah is crushing it’ and we knew he had it in him, and it’s really now to get in that moment, and put him firmly in the thick of story."
One thing Levy highlighted was the importance of character development on the show, and namely the collaborative relationship between the show’s writers and actors. “The Duffers, recognizing strength, are making sure to service those characters even more over the course of the whole season,” Levy remarked.
That is demonstrated by the case of the character, Steve Harrington, who was to serve little purpose on the show besides fulfilling the “high school bully” sterotype. “We saw what Joe Keery was doing,” Levy explained, “and we rewarded that with more story, more nuance, more dimension. The same thing is happening with a lot of the new characters this year.” Actors who are new to the show include Sean Astin, Dacre Montgomery and Sadie Sink. Astin’s character is an old friend resurfacing in Hawkins. Meanwhile, the other two are step-siblings with a mysterious past who just moved to the town.
Levy and the cast still leave a lot to our imaginations, but between some very telling images in the teaser and things that have been casually leaked on the red carpet, we’ve got a lot to sink our teeth into before Halloween. Stranger Things season 2 will stream on Netflix October 31.