WHAT’S NEXT FOR STRANGER THINGS?

We look to the future for Net­flix’s ’80s-in­spired sci-fi/hor­ror/ fan­tasy smash

Empire (UK) - - PREVIEW - WORDS HELEN O’HARA

IS IT RE­NEWED?

Yes. In late Au­gust, Net­flix fi­nally con­firmed a sec­ond sea­son. Re­leased at some point in 2017, it will fea­ture nine episodes — that’s one more than the first sea­son! Cre­ators Matt and Ross Duf­fer, aka the Duf­fer Brothers, are hard at work. “We’ve been talk­ing about Harry Pot­ter, even though it’s weird to com­pare it,” Matt tells Empire. “I like that you’re re­vis­it­ing these char­ac­ters and watch­ing them grow up on a year-to-year ba­sis.”

Real time will have passed for the now-res­cued Will By­ers (Noah Sch­napp) and his friends (Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb Mclaughlin), so it will be set in 1984 and re­flect the films of that year — es­pe­cially Tem­ple Of

Doom, ap­par­ently. Ross Duf­fer de­scribes next sea­son as “its own com­plete lit­tle movie”. Which is odd, as it’ll be close to nine hours long.

WHERE IS ELEVEN?

Where did the un­canny young Eleven (Mil­lie Bobby Brown) go af­ter dis­ap­pear­ing in the fi­nal episode? Sher­iff Hop­per (David Harbour) was last seen leav­ing her favourite food, Eggo waf­fles, in the woods: does he know where she is, or is he just hope­ful? “We like the idea of po­ten­tially putting her and Hop­per to­gether,” Matt has told

Va­ri­ety — a dra­matic prospect af­ter Hop­per be­trayed her last sea­son.

AND WHAT ABOUT BARB?

Twit­ter launched a #Jus­tice­for­barb cam­paign for the mom-jeans-wear­ing Barb (Shan­non Purser), vic­tim of the Up­side Down mon­ster. While Will’s dis­ap­pear­ance prompted a man­hunt, Barb’s was al­most ig­nored — but the Duf­fers prom­ise she will get her due next sea­son, and point out that the first sea­son un­folded over less than a week. A year later, the con­se­quences of Barb’s dis­ap­pear­ance will have bub­bled through.

HOW WILL IT EX­PAND THE MYTHOL­OGY?

The Duf­fers have a 30-page doc­u­ment on the show’s mythol­ogy, and have only scratched the sur­face. They hint we might see more of Matthew Mo­dine’s vil­lain­ous govern­ment re­searcher Dr Bren­ner: he was car­ried away by a mon­ster, but was he re­ally killed? And we may learn more about the pur­pose of Hawkins Na­tional Lab­o­ra­tory.

A de­li­cious ru­mour popped up that Stephen King would write the next sea­son — which would be a bit like Paul Mccart­ney join­ing a Bea­tles trib­ute band. Alas, the re­port was a joke from satir­i­cal web­site Th­es­tu­dioexec.com.

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