Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer, as well as executive producer Shawn Levy, have offered hope that Netflix ’80s homage could last for up to five seasons.
Back in February, The Duffer Brothers revealed they were looking to end the sci-fi horror adventure series after four to five seasons but recently Ross said that they were thinking the series would conclude with its fourth season, however. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Levy revealed that a fifth season isn’t out of the cards just yet, but don’t expect the series to run any longer than that:
“The truth is we’re definitely going four seasons and there’s very much the possibility of a fifth. Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely.”
While Stranger Things 2 will resolve its narrative much in the way the first season did, it will also lay the groundwork for future seasons to come. Ross explained that their current plans will run them beyond a Stranger Things 3 but pushing five seasons might cause the audience to struggle when suspending their disbelief over the fact that the characters choose to remain in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana:
“It’s not wrapped up this season. I think [season 2] will be a satisfying end but there’s still danger out there. There’s too much to deal with in one more season. If we’re able to, there will be at least four, there could be more. I think there’s going to come a point where why aren’t these people leaving Hawkins? Like we’re going to stretch credibility. It wasn’t intended to be a seven-season thing.”
Matt also explained that the series isn’t meant to last for more than a few seasons but right now, Stranger Things is without an end date:
“It’s not built to sustain that as a narrative. After it became successful, we had one of those big meetings with Netflix over dinner and they were like ‘We don’t want this going on that long.’ They were very supportive of it. It’s stupid to put an end date on it right now because we don’t know.”
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), Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers), Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen, and Broadway star Sadie Sink into the mix as well. Here’s the official synopsis:
It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.
Stranger Things 2 hits Netflix October 27, 2017.