Stranger Things executive producer and director Shawn Levy has teased that season two of the Netflix smash hit might disappoint some fans but assured that the series has not lost the magic it had in the first season.
In a recent chat with The Hollywood Reporter, Levy discussed the success of season one and the magic that went into creating such an authentic take on the ’80s inspired by the films of Steven Spielberg and the novels of Stephen King, revealing that many of the references weren’t intentional, but rather that those influences are ingrained in The Duffer Brothers due to their love of cinema.
Naturally, the conversation shifted to the future of the series which Levy teased is cinematically and budgetarily more ambitious than the first season:
“I was just in the edit room with the [Duffer] brothers yesterday and we were like ‘this is definitely darker, I hope everyone’s down with this’ because the threats to Hawkins and to our characters are bigger, darker, often times scarier… People who found season one too scary for them, probably you’re going to be more scared by season two but again, the best thing I can tell you is that through it all, it’s got the best heart. But it is, cinematically and budgetarily definitely more ambitious.”
While the production has more to work with, leading to a bigger and also darker second season, Levy went on to assure fans that the second season of the series maintains the same magic and energy that captivated audiences in season one:
“I’m kind of thrilled to tell you I keep watching cuts of episodes and we’re in there, we’re honing music, and edits, and visual effects and it feels like it’s our show. It feels like we haven’t lost our way because we can all name series — I mean some have broken my heart where I love season one and season two I’m like ‘who are you? I don’t even know you. Why did you change yourself?’ Hopefully we’ve grown, but we’re very much still Stranger Things and I think we’re gonna pull it off.”
When asked about whether or not the incredible response the series and the desires of fans would have an influence on season two, Levy made it clear that The Duffer Brothers were able to tune out and not listen to what fans were saying in order for them to figure out what the best direction for the second season to take would be:
“We are going to do things that fans will be disappointed in but I think they will be more satisfied by… I’ll give one example that I’ve been asked about a hundred times which is people still think Barb’s alive. Because you think you want that but you wouldn’t really want that.”
Levy went further make sure people understand season two will not be providing any form of fan service:
“We are not going to cravenly service the wishlist of fans, we’re going to service the Duffer instincts and what they feel is the right story to tell.”
You can watch the full interview with Levy in the video below.
Stranger Things 2 stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, and Noah Schnapp. The series has also added Sean Astin (The Goonies), Paul Reiser (Aliens), Brett Gelman (Jobs), and Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen into the mix as well.
Stranger Things 2 hits Netflix this Halloween. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Stranger Things as we learn it.