Stranger Things Renewed for (Slightly) Bigger Season 2, Set in Year [Spoiler]

Netflix is not waffling on Stranger Things‘ future: The streaming giant has renewed the 1980s-set thriller for a second season.

Arriving sometime in 2017, Season 2 will consist of nine episodes, versus the freshman run of eight. Per the teaser video below, the story will pick up about a year later, in the fall of 1984. Many returning characters are expected, though series creators Matt and Ross Duffer are being coy about a key player, telling EW.com that Eleven’s involvement is “up in the air.”

Last month at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, the Duffer Brothers told reporters that a potential second season would delve into “bigger mythology” behind young Will Byers’ disappearance. “There are definitely a lot of cliffhanger-y threads at the end [of the Season 1 finale],” explained Matt. “It’s open-ended in a way that if people wanted it, and Netflix wanted it, we could explore it and continue the storyline.”

Season 2 will add four new characters and venture “a little bit” outside Hawkins, Ind., the Duffers also told EW.com.

Watch the renewal announcement here: