It's almost time to be reunited with the beloved kids from Hawkins, Indiana, with a binge watch of Stranger Things Season 2 next month, just in time for Halloween.
But even with only a handful of nostalgic and awesome posters and a teaser trailer to go on — albeit one showing the Dungeons & Dragons-loving friends dressed as the Ghostbusters for some old-fasioned, '80s pop-culture-infused trick-or-treating — there's already plenty of talk about as to what comes next.
Show creators Matt and Ross Duffer, better known in Hollywood as simply the Duffer brothers, have confirmed they mapped out a four-season arc. And with the precocious young stars already growing up before our eyes, that's left some speculation about how and when they'll shoot the second half of the series.
The Hollywood Reporter said today that executives at Netflix had hoped to shoot Seasons 3 and 4 back to back in an effort to dodge committing those awkward teen transitions to film, suggesting that so much of the show's popularity rests on the adorable charm of its gaggle of up-and-coming child actors that the whole series would need to take place before puberty sets in.
But THR says the Duffers and the executive producers behind the wildly popular hit nixed the idea, with unofficial sources writing off the rush order as something too far out of the realm of possibility. That's saying something for a group that made the Upside Down feel like a reality.
It seems the showrunners didn't think it was feasible to churn out so many episodes so quickly, although no one from the show has officially commented so far. Instead, it looks like they'll create stories that work with where the actors are, in terms of age, whenever the episodes are shot, providing plenty of leeway to give the latter half of the series its necessary time to gestate.
Look, we're all eager to mainline whatever Stranger Things episodes we can get our hands on, and the streaming model of releasing an entire series in one shot has made us so impatient that waiting for a standard rollout over the course of several months is borderline torturous these days.
But we're also all too aware of what happens when a sleeper hit gets rushed into creating a new installment without enough time to write a solid script. If the story, or the production values, would suffer in an effort to avoid Will Byers' inevitable voice change, would it be worth it?
We think not.
And with the second season already nearly one year post-Demogorgon, it could actually make the supernatural thriller more accessible to space the storyline out rather than having a series of unfortunate events befall the young friends in such a short span of time.