Almost immediately following the announcement, Entertainment Weekly published an interview with creators the Duffer Brothers to get to scoop on Season 2. According to the duo, almost the entire cast from the first season will return to Hawkins, Indiana, which includes Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and more. And if there weren’t enough, four new characters are expected to join the upcoming season.
“We don’t know about Eleven,” Ross Duffer said. “We leave that up in the air.”
The second season will also reveal more about the seldom-seen Upside Down. According to Matt Duffer, what was disclosed at the end of Season 1 is only a taste of what is to come.
“We kinda just peeled back the curtain and revealed a tiny bit of the Upside Down,” says Matt. “So we definitely want to explore a little bit more. There’s a lot we don’t know about the Upside Down at the end of Season 1.”
Despite fan opinions that the series should be an anthology (à la “American Horror Story“), Ross Duffer stated that the format never came to mind.
“I don’t think we ever thought anthology,” Ross said. “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 [in the 1980s], there’s still things that are unresolved.”
But perhaps the most exciting news for fans is that season 2 will be longer — by one episode. However, the Duffer Brothers don’t want things to get too out of control.
“We’re letting the story dictate it,” said Matt. “I think if it gets any longer, it gets unwieldy for us. We want to make sure it’s manageable and we want to be able to tell a movie-like story where it’s never treading water. We want it to have the same feel and pacing as season 1. I think if we extend it too much, it will have a very different feel.”
Season 2 of “Stranger Things” is set to premiere on Netflix in 2017.