The Duffer Brothers caught terrifying, nostalgia-soaked lightning in a bottle with the first season of Stranger Things. With Season 2 premiering this October, the duo confirms fans can probably expect around two more seasons after that — then it’s over. Probably.
In an interview with Vulture, Ross and Matt Duffer confirmed they’ve mapped out a four-season arc that should run just long enough to let the show’s young stars grow up into high school and go out with a bang. Ross said they’re “thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out,” as Matt added: “We just have to keep adjusting the story, though I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year.”
Considering the first season really played like a miniseries unto itself (albeit with a few threads left dangling), it’ll be interesting to see how the Duffers expand and enrich this world with the second run of episodes. The pressure is certainly on to get it right, but as that “Thriller” trailer made clear, they definitely know what they’re doing in this sandbox.
Oh, and if you’re wondering why Season 2 is technically titled Stranger Things 2? Ross said they took the naming schemes from the film world, explaining: “I told Matt, ‘I don’t want to call it season two, I just want it to feel like a movie sequel.’ If you have a successful movie, No. 2 is always a little bit bigger.”
Stranger Things 2 premieres Friday, October 27, on Netflix.