Stranger Things director talks fallout in Season 2, plans for Season 3

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Nov 9, 2016, 10:18 AM EST

The throwback horror series Stranger Things was one of the biggest surprise hits of the year, and now we have some fresh intel on Season 2.

Shawn Levy, who directed a few episodes of Season 1 and is coming back for Season 2, told Collider the new season will be dealing with the fallout of the group’s first encounter with the Upside Down. Apparently a bit of time has passed since the first year, and it’ll follow the “struggle to reclaim normalcy.” Following up that fantastic opening season is no easy task, but it sounds like they’re planning to dig into how those events changed everyone forever.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments: 

“I’m not gonna say how much time has gone by. It is not the next day, I’ll say that. And there are several new characters who I think several of them are going to be new fan-favorites because they’re great, great new characters. But we are definitely sticking primarily with our core group, and what is different, how are they changed from the experience of last season… maybe ‘normal’ is never possible again … Will Byers was in that Upside Down for a while. So Season 2 is about this determined desire to return to normalcy in Hawkins, in the Byers family, in that group of friends, and it’s the struggle to reclaim normalcy and maybe the impossibility of it.”

Looking ahead for a potential Season 3, Levy said the creative team doesn’t want to be “caught off guard” in the event of another renewal, so they’re already thinking ahead to where the story could go beyond the new season. Which is a wise move, because if Season 2 is half as popular as the first year, you’d have to think Netflix will keep the series around a while longer.

What do you want to see from Season 2 of Stranger Things?

(Via Collider)