Some TV dramas evolve as they go along, without any particular advanced plotting. Others, like Scandal, The Good Wife, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, are precision planned and the creators always had an end-date in mind, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Now, as the hit Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things heads into its second season, its co-creators, Ross and Matt Duffer, aka, The Duffer Brothers, are already talking about it coming to an end. “We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out,” Ross told Vulture.
But, there is sound reasoning behind this thought-process.
Matt chimed in during the same interview, explaining, “I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year.” “Them” being the kids at the center of the show, played by Noah Schnapps (Will), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) and Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven).
Set in a small town in Indiana during the 1980s, the first season revolved around Will, who goes missing. He wasn’t kidnapped in the traditional sense of the word but taken into another realm. His mom, (Winona Ryder), and his friends — plus Eleven, a girl who the boys found in the woods — fight to get him back.
It would be a little heartbreaking if these kids’ childhoods were dominated by constantly having to fight off otherworldly monsters and extricate themselves from inhospitable dimensions. Buuuuut, on the other hand, it’d be hugely entertaining for us, the audience. Hmm.
Indeed, Stranger Things fans are likely a little heartbroken that their favorite show has a planned exit. Then again, we’ve yet to even head into season two, which picks up a year after the events of the first season:
So, there’s time to enjoy and prepare.
The second season of Stranger Things premieres over at Netflix on October 27.
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