With but a few weeks left before Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder and co. must re-style (or completely shave off) their bangs, pack up some fairy lights and return to Atlanta for the second season of Netflix's Stranger Things, the Duffer brothers have finally let a few tidbits slip in regards for the juicy, sluggy goodies we can expect jammed into the next nine episodes.
Sitting down with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week, Matt and Ross Duffer a.k.a the most in-demand siblings on the block (move over, Hemsworths), chatted all things strange; kicking off with picking apart the teaser trailer — which you can watch below — that dropped last month, and why they decided to tease us with episode titles in the first place.
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On Teasing Titles And Tricky Trailers
It would seem that this particular teaser was all their idea, and despite the fact the titles have already spawned speculations over their implications, they could still be subject to change. Matt Duffer explained:
"Netflix had another teaser, but it was about going back to stuff that had happened already. I thought it wasn’t exciting enough, and we wanted to provide some hint of where we were going in season two without giving anything away. I do think some of the titles will change. There were titles we didn’t want to put on there because we felt like it would give too much away. The whole season was already broken when we did this. [However] even if they aren't the final chapter titles, everything in that teaser is major. But they’re ambiguous enough that no one is going to be able to figure it out."
On Fan Theories With A Function
So, even though we at Movie Pilot have had a good crack at deciphering the message behind the mystery, we could still be miles off. Good to know! That said, while they're sprinkling more intrigue over the upcoming season, the brothers confirmed some of the fan theories they've read are surprisingly close to the bone. Matt continued,
"Some of the fan theories online are amazing. Most are wrong, but I’ve read a few that are right or very close. Is it Reddit? Some of those people have figured stuff out based off of the chapter titles."
Then Ross Duffer chimed in with this blush-worthy compliment:
"Some of these theories are elaborate and smart. They're not crap. I love reading this stuff."
While I doubt he's referring to a certain theory suggesting the Upside Down represents Eleven's puberty (yes, really), it's true there are a bunch of musings so convincing I wouldn't be surprised to see them factoring in Season 2. You can read a comprehensive round-up of the best ones here:
Or let YouTuber Planet Calvin explain this head-scratcher in the vid below:
On Netflix And Nailing Their Niche
It seems like barely any time has passed since Season 1 flocked to Netflix earlier this summer, so news that the Stranger Things gang were all geared up to start filming come November seemed rather speedy. However, and thankfully, any fears of the next installment being a rushed job was squashed by the Duffers in the following statement:
"They greenlit the second season before we even premiered. So when everyone was going, 'Is there going to be a second season?' we had been writing the entire time. So we’ve been working on this almost all summer."
Smart move Netflix! The hallowed streaming site isn't pressuring their content either, it seems they've full creative control, even when it comes to the number of episodes.
"Netflix didn’t pressure us to do more or anything. We don’t feel like we need a full 10 episodes. But it can’t quite fit in eight, so that’s how we ended up in nine. And I think in future seasons it will be the same thing. Let’s break out the story and see what we need. Whatever number it ends up at, great. The thing I like about keeping it down to eight or nine is that we’re able to more meticulously control things and try to keep it from turning into this machine that’s grinding things out. If it gets much longer, it could become unwieldy and just turn into a traditional show — which is what we’re avoiding."
As for the second season's content, it seems we're taking a deeper dive into the Stranger Things mythology. Similarly to the first eight episodes, one would imagine we'll see many more references to Dungeons & Dragons, along with a clearer understanding of MKUltra and perhaps the emergence of other be-skilled children. Matt rounds up:
"Even way back when we pitched to Netflix the first season, we talked about where it would potentially go. They understood the potential. Season one does almost feel like a big movie that comes to a sort of ending. A lot of that was based on the character of Will and the repercussions of him being in this upside down world for a week. Exploring that would be the second season. Once we got into the room for season two, we started expanding our mythology. We never got boxed in, because we’re dealing with an alternate dimension. It feels like the possibilities are limitless. We’re building up the mythology in a way that we know now where we want the story and these characters to end. We have more of a game plan now than we did two years ago."
More game plan and, one assumes, more cash moneys. Fly free sweet demons, we're ready for you!
What do you hope to see in Season 2 of Stranger Things?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter