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Warning: This article contains spoilers from Season 1 of Stranger Things.

It didn't take long for Netflix's Stranger Things to become a worldwide hit and despite seemingly wrapping up the storyline by the final episode, many fans demanded that the series return for another season. We all got our wish when Netflix renewed the supernatural drama for a second season and we can't wait to find out what lies next for Will Byers now that he's returning to normal life.

It didn't take fans long to begin speculating what will happen in Season 2 when new images surfaced and a teaser trailer aired during the Superbowl. With so much left to explore in the world of Stranger Things — such as what actually is the Upside Down, what is that horrifying new monster in the trailer and is Eleven still alive? With all go this in mind, we can't help but wonder just how long the beloved drama can run for.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, show creators Matt and Ross Duffer revealed their plans for Stranger Things to run for about four or five seasons. However, Ross suggested that they are open to that changing as they progress with the show each year, saying:

“Everything changes as we move forward so we’ll see.”

It'll definitely be interesting to see how Stranger Things evolves as the show progresses. We've seen in the past that shows can evolve and adapt as they air — Grey's Anatomy was recently renewed for a fourteenth season and the showrunners have no plans to end the series. Unlike other series' of a similar length, Grey's has never ran out of steam or outlived it's concept.

How will Will Byers adapt to life after The Upside Down? [Credit: EW/Netflix]
How will Will Byers adapt to life after The Upside Down? [Credit: EW/Netflix]

The same theory applies to The Walking Dead. In contrast, series like Game Of Thrones and Breaking Bad have always had finite endings in mind, and at the moment the Duffer Brothers are convinced that Stranger Things falls into this category. Matt Duffer said:

“I want it to have a really finite ending. 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.”

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What Will Be Explored In Future Seasons Of 'Stranger Things'?

The boys aren't scared of no ghosts, but what about a demogorgon? [Credit: EW/Netflix]
The boys aren't scared of no ghosts, but what about a demogorgon? [Credit: EW/Netflix]

The first season's conclusion marked the death of the Demogorgon as Eleven destroyed the horrifying creature, apparently killing herself in the process. Will was rescued by Joyce and Hopper and the Upside Down has become a distant memory. Only it hasn't. As we've seen in the Season 2 trailer, Will is still tortured by his experience in the Upside Down and I have a feeling that the Demogorgon was only the beginning of what lies beneath Hawkins.

The second season is set to explore life for the Byers family a year on from the hellish experience in the first season. With a new monster emerging from the shadows, Eleven coming back to Hawkins and, no doubt, another adventure for the boys this story is far from over.

However, this interview with the Duffers has made clear that the story of Hawkins and the Upside Down world is only just beginning and that the pair have plans to continue the story beyond Season 2.

“Hopefully you’ll come to the end of Season 2 and feel fully satisfied and want more but you’ll feel like it has come to a conclusion. But also we’ve laid the ground work for further seasons.”

[Credit: EW/Netflix]
[Credit: EW/Netflix]

Much like the first season, each season will contains an arc that wraps up by the final episode so viewers will feel as if they are watching a lengthy movie. As big sequels were common with action movie franchises like Terminator or Gremlins back in the '80s and the '90s, each future season of Stranger Things is being treated like a film sequel as opposed to another season.

For example, Season 2 has been titled Stranger Things 2. Using this format, there's no reason why we couldn't see several more 'sequel' seasons in the future. If the storylines are as fresh and original as the first, then we'd definitely welcome several more seasons.

There may be many television channels, both premium cable and network, but Netflix's original programming stands out from the crowd and with future seasons of The OA, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Stranger Things, the streaming serivce is set to reign supreme for many more years. If the Duffer Brothers can keep us entertained then I'm up for ten seasons of Stranger Things. Who wouldn't want to see Joyce's likely questionable fashion choices in the '90s?

Stranger Things 2 hits Netflix on October 31st. How many seasons would you like to see Stranger Things run for? Tell me in the comment section below.

[Source: Entertainment Weekly]


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