The problem with any mystery-based show is the risk of getting to the end and things don’t come together. As Stranger Things season two continues production, the show’s creators, the Duffer brothers, are already taking steps to make sure their show doesn’t suffer the same fate.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the Duffers hypothesized that the show could run four or five seasons—but only if things get there naturally.
“Everything changes as we move forward, so we’ll see,” Ross Duffer told the magazine. “I want it to have a really finite ending,” Matt Duffer added. “I don’t want it to be one of those shows that runs out of gas and they lose it because they’re losing interest. You wanna end when you’re on top.”
The Duffers said that much like season one, season two will tell a complete story, but there is also “ground work for further seasons,” according to Ross Duffer. This implies the Duffers would love to keep their core cast intact.
This is good—while the story is interesting and the nostalgia is nice, it’s the characters and chemistry between the young actors that truly elevates the show. But how many strange things can continue to happen to the same people? And how many ‘80s homages can you have before things feel stale?
If Stranger Things actually does go four or five seasons, here’s what I’m hoping: set two more seasons in Hawkins, and then wrap up the events there. The next season or two could then jump to the ‘90s and a new town. That way you could have a whole new era of influences and tell a fresh story. You could even link it with a cameo or two.
Anyway, we have plenty of time to think about it—Stranger Things season two won’t premiere until Halloween, and then, who knows?