Stranger Things showrunners talk multiple seasons and the show's end game

Stranger Things  burst into public consciousness last year and became one of Netflix's hottest shows. Fan anticipation for season two this Halloween is incredibly high (check out the new trailer here). In the build up to the second season, the show's creators, the Duffer brothers, have been talking long term plans to the show in an interview with Collider.

Matt and Russ Duffer on the long-term arc for Stranger Things told the site:

“Well we started having those real conversations after the first season came out, and I think us and Shawn, and we talked to Netflix—we sort of have a rough plan and I think the important thing for us was to really start to lay the groundwork this season for what would be the arc for the rest of the show. In terms of exact number of seasons we’re not sure, but I know that Matt and I wanna stick with it and just sort of finish it out.

But again we don’t want to linger too long, we just want to tell the story that we want to tell and get out. Hopefully people are like, ‘I want more!’ and that’s great, but that’s sort of how we want to leave it. In terms of spinoffs, I don’t think we’ve gotten that far. Because for us it’s really just about focusing on this story and just getting it done.”

They added that the plan is to go for four or five seasons and give a definite end game rather than outstaying their welcome. And despite movie offers, they remain committed to remaining showrunners, and writing for the show, until the very end.
“There is no succession plan. There’s no like, ‘Oh the Duffers are gonna pull back.’ It’s a tiny creative team that makes this show, it’s predominantly this twinship that makes this show, and luckily for us and fans of the show, they’re being offered movies every week but they love this thing they’ve created, they know the value of it.

To get to create a world of characters that the rest of the real world embraces, you’re lucky if you get that once in a career. They’re young but they’re also smart enough to know that, that it’s a gift. It’s not like we’re grooming someone that we’re gonna hand the show off to, it’s us and we’re in it, and it’s because we still love it. We’ve got a lot of story left.”

They also confirmed that the show might not quite manage a twelve-month cycle, with the (as of yet unconfirmed) third season likely airing on Netflix about 15 months after the second.

If the show can maintain the high standards of the first, we'll be in for a treat for some time...

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