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What Is The Upside Down? Will We Ever Learn More About The Monster?

In the show we get a simplified explanation that the Upside Down is another parallel dimension, but why does it exist? We know that the experiments with Eleven opened up the portal to that dimension, but we still don’t know much more than that. Also what was the deal with the monster?

Ross Duffer told Variety that they have  “30-page document that is pretty intricate in terms of what it all means, and where this monster actually came from, and why aren’t there more monsters” but they ultimately didn’t have time to explore it in season one. In season 2 they “would reveal more of that 30-page document, but we’d still want to keep it from the point of view of our original characters.”

Matt Duffer explains that everything we know and has learned about the Upside Down is through the kids, and it’s all “kind of hypothetical.”

“They’re theorizing based on their knowledge from fantasy gaming and their science teacher, Mr. Clarke. That’s as much as we get to understand it. I think part of it is us thinking in terms of horror, it’s scarier when you don’t fully understand what’s happening. If you were to encounter something from another world or dimension, it would be beyond comprehension. We talked a lot about Clive Barker and his stories. They’re very weird, and the weirder it is, the more inexplicable it is, the scarier it is.”

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Ross Duffer promises that “moving forward, we’re going to get more into detail about the monster and where it came from and what the Upside Down really is.” He says that “while we have answers for all this, what we really wanted to get from this first season is that this gate opens to this other dimension.” Now that Will has been returned home, “hopefully we get to go back and explore more of this stuff” in the second season.

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How Many Seasons Are Planned For This Story?

It’s no secret that Stranger Things was envisioned as a story told over eight episodes. And while The Duffer Brothers would have been happy with just that, they created an extensive bible to build out this world. And now that the show is successful, they will be using that as the basis for season 2. But how much story do they have left to tell? How long will this story possibly go on for? Producer Shawn Levy told us that he’s “hopeful to go several more seasons.” Here is what The Duffer Brothers told ” Collider:

ROSS: We don’t know, specifically. We’re very wary of making it go on past the point it should. You want to end on a high note. That’s the goal. We’ve had initial discussions, but we haven’t quite landed on it.

MATT: It seems hard to imagine it as a seven or eight season series. It just doesn’t feel like it could sustain that. At a certain point, it would start to feel ridiculous. And Netflix is also very supportive of that. Regardless of how successful the show is or becomes, they’ll want it to end when the story feels like it should end. I don’t think they want to milk things to the point where it starts to become stale.

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What Can We Expect From Stranger Things Season 2?

Aside from what has already been stated above, the Duffer Brothers have revealed that season 2 will be a continuation of this story from the viewpoint of our main characters. Producer Shawn Levy told us:

The plan is to continue with this set of characters while introducing a few critical key new ones next season. So I’ll just say that a lot of the big mysteries get answered at the end of Season 1, but we are very much kind of unearthing new problems and questions that merit future stories and future investigation in the most enjoyable way. So we are in love with our cast and our characters. Things end up being resolved to some extent at the end of Season 1, but not entirely. And that’s why we’re so hopeful we get another few seasons to live with these people a little longer.

But the Duffer Brothers prefer to look at it as a “sequel” rather than a “second season.”

“Will goes missing is like [when] Carol Anne goes missing in ‘Poltergeist’ and then you get Carol Anne back,” Ross said. “That feels like a movie. In the sequels, you’re still following that family as terrible things happen, but it’s a different tension and characters are dealing with other things.”

The Duffer Brothers told Entertainment Weekly that they are “going to go to rewatch some of our favorite movie sequels of all time.The Empire Strikes Back, Godfather Part II, Aliens, Toy Story 2, Evil Dead 2, and Temple of Doom (underrated!)” in preparation for the second season.

Matt Duffer has said that he wants “retain the tone” but “feel a little different” like all our favorite sequels.

“It’s not about just another monster comes and it’s a bigger, badder monster. We want it to feel a little bit different, maybe a little bit darker, but still have the sense of fun.”  … “It’s going to have a very different structure.”

In the first season, Will as taken within the first 10 minutes. The Duffer Brothers have said that we should expect things to ramp up a little bit slower in season 2.  In the first scene with Joyce, she realizes her son is gone.

“We’re excited about the idea of… where you can sort of ramp up more and more and more. Where Joyce isn’t at an 11 from the beginning.”

They have also said that the second season, which has not been written yet, will very likely consist of eight installments, each with a running time of 45 to 55 minutes, just as the first season.

It was their original plan to direct all the episodes of the first season, but they found themselves bogged in the writing and producer Shawn Levy stepped in to direct two of the episodes. They admit they will need to bring in more directors to help them with the second season. I’d love to see some really interesting filmmakers step in to do some of the non-Duffer Brothers-directed episodes.

So there you have it, eleven big questions and all the answers we could find. To say we are excited about Stranger Things season 2 would be an understatement, Please leave your theories in the comments below and let us know if we missed anything.

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