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:

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25 Comments
  1. matraupach says:

    YEPEEEE!

    Best news of the year!

    This show is soooo goood!

  2. Oran says:

    Hallelujah!!!

  3. ZinniQ says:

    I hope Millie Bobbie Brown returns, otherwise it will not be as watchable.

  4. Jabiari Skidmore says:

    Why not renew it for the standard 13 episode season like most Netflix shows?

    • ABG. says:

      Shorter seasons usually work better for creative reasons. Think Sleepy Hollow’s first 13-episode season vs it’s 18-episode mess of a second season.

      • Jabiari Skidmore says:

        What about shows like The Ranch that split their season total with 10 episodes for part 1, then the other 10 for part 2?

      • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

        +250 TVLine Power User points (no cash value)

      • Sam says:

        I disagree that it’s cut and dry like that. A lot of basic cable shows like Devious Maids or UnReal seem to need longer seasons considering the amount of plot and character they have to cram into each episode. Yeah, making short seasons cuts down bloat, but sometimes short seasons have to cut out good stuff to fit the episode count.

        • johnhelvete says:

          You might have a valid point about some shows needing more episodes. However, I think an argument can be made that the writers of Devious Maids or UnReal could have simply cut down on the amount of cramming and save some of the “good stuff” (and some might argue there the good stuff in UnReal season 2 was in short supply) for the next season.

          • It all depends on what you are trying to do with the show. There were several episodes of the 8 hour first season of Stranger Things where almost nothing happened.

            Conversely, shows used to have 30-35 episodes a season and have no issues with original plots and storytelling.

            Nowadays, there is a greater emphasis on directing, subtlety and post-production edits and thus a series takes much longer to produce than merely how long it takes to film.

          • I think that you shouldn’t get a order of any certain #, just order the show and then let the writers write the story that flows and feels the best, then decide how to split it the way that works the best according to the space the network has. And since streaming isn’t confined to slots available then it should pretty easy to make this formula work.

    • Mauricio M says:

      That’s the nice thing about this new model. They don’t have fo fill a quota of episodes just to satisfy season schedules and syndication requirements. They’ll do however many they can, feel like, and need to tell their story, and don’t have to fall into the trap of doing sub-par stuff, clip summaries, or filler low-budget episodes with just the two main actors and a single set like most series do just to make the numbers add up.

    • Because not all stories take 13 hours to tell Daredevil season 2 and Jessica Jones each had about 8 hours of story to tell but padded it out to 13.

  5. I totally freaked out when I saw that headline! For a second I thought they were going to change the time to something crazy like the 2000s or even the 20s! I was like, “Nooooo more anthologies!”. Thank god they aren’t doing something stupid like that – the 80s rock!

  6. I’m thinking 9 episodes means a 2 hour premiere or finale.

  7. dan says:

    Of course “Eleven’s involvement is up in the air.” They’ll be saving her for some twist more to the end of the season and obviously won’t mention it.

  8. Dennis says:

    YES!!!!!!!

  9. Mark says:

    My new Fringe and X Files so happy its continuing my mind was blown by the first deason.

  10. A fan of TV says:

    Can we not pretend as though Millie Bobby Brown won’t be returning though? She simply has to be back, IMO. She’s the show.

  11. Great to hear it’s coming back, it’s a great show! Though I can’t say I am surprised, with the way it ended, they left plenty of room for another season!

  12. Alycia Swift says:

    I’m wondering if Matthew Modine will be back or will there be a new bad guy.

  13. A. D. says:

    Can’t wait…this show is awesome!

  14. MTB says:

    Eleven better be back. How could she not be? Don’t bring on to many new characters. Over saturate it.