‘Stranger Things’ to Return to Netflix for Season 2

Netflix confirmed today that it is renewing its much buzzed-about original series “Stranger Things” for a second season. The nine new episodes — one more than in season one — will premiere on the streaming service in 2017.

According to ratings by Symphony Advanced Media published in Variety, the series — which evokes a hodgepodge of ’80s influences including the works of filmmakers Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter the novels of Stephen King — was the third most watched show to premiere on Netflix in the last year, drawing an averaging 14.07 million adults ages 18–49, putting it just behind season one of “Fuller House” and season four of “Orange is the New Black.”

Sibling writer/creators Matt and Ross Duffer will return for season two and once again serve as executive producers with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via the latter’s 21 Laps Entertainment (“The Spectacular Now,” “Night At The Museum,” “Real Steel,” “Date Night”). “Stranger Things” is a Netflix production.

“Stranger Things” was initially titled “Montauk,” reflecting its planned Montauk, Long Island, setting, but the action was eventually moved to the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana.

Season one told the story of the mysterious disappearance of a 12-year-old boy and the three separate searches to find him by his mother (Winona Ryder), his friends (Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin) and the sheriff (David Harbour), which lead to the discovery of a mysterious telekinetic girl (Millie Bobby Brown) and dark supernatural forces.

Netflix made the announcement with a cryptic teaser trailer (above) featuring its signature Carpenter-inspired pulsating synth theme and King book jacket-style title font. No casting was announced for the second season, but the trailer reveals that the action will move from 1983 to the fall of 1984.

The Duffer brothers told Entertainment Weekly that there will be four new characters in season two, the action will move outside the confines of Hawkins for some scenes (including the opening) and filmmaker James Cameron will join the influences in the show’s pop culture mix. They also promised a deeper exploration of the show’s alternative dimension, known as the Upside Down.

“We obviously have this gate to another dimension, which is still very much open in the town of Hawkins,” Ross Duffer told Entertainment Weekly. “And a lot of questions there in terms of, if the monster is dead, was it a singular monster? What else could be out there? We really don’t go in there much until they go in to find Will at the end. So we’ve opened up this doorway, and to us it’s exciting to talk about, like, what else is behind there? There’s a lot more mystery there to be solved.”

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