After snowballing into an overnight sensation last summer, Stranger Things is already building hype for its second season, which is slated to arrive by Halloween this year. But, in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, creators the Duffer brothers have revealed they're well into plotting future chapters. In fact, Stranger Things may have five seasons. Yes, five. Take a minute to calm yourself. I'll wait.
“Everything changes as we move forward so we’ll see," Ross Duffer told EW after explaining they were currently aiming for four to five installments. Matt added that the series' fate is ultimately dependent on the fans, as they're cautious of wearing out their welcome. “I want it to have a really finite ending. I don’t want it to be one of those shows that runs out of gas and they lose it because they’re losing interest," he said. "You wanna end when you’re on top.”
As for Season 2, they're aiming to create a similar feel to Season 1 in that it plays like one long movie but keeps the storyline open should they choose to come back with more. "Hopefully you’ll come to the end of Season 2 and feel fully satisfied and want more but you’ll feel like it has come to a conclusion," continued Ross. "But also we’ve laid the ground work for further seasons.”
If the response to upcoming seasons is anything like the first run, Stranger Things should have a bright future ahead of it. Fans were so taken with the sci-fi series that its crew had to ask HBO mega-hit Game of Thrones for tips on security protocols in order to prevent leaked spoilers, according to another interview the Duffer brothers did with EW.
Plus, the fact that they want each season to feel like a mini-film makes a whole lot of sense. After all, the show is essentially a love letter to '80s flicks, drawing inspiration from genre favorites like E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982) and Poltergeist (1982). It's only fitting that Stranger Things follow suit.
We'll have to wait until Season 2 arrives this fall to make a final judgment call, but, right now, it seems safe to say that Stranger Things is here to stay.