It's never too soon to start imagining what the next batch of Stranger Things will bring, not even for the surely-in-need-of-a-break creator duo the Duffer Brothers. Though development on Stranger Things 3 is still in the very early stages, Ross and Matt Duffer have already made some compelling promises in a new interview with IndieWire.
"It's not necessarily going to be bigger in scale," Matt Duffer said. "What I am really excited about is giving these characters an interesting journey to go on." For round 3, the Duffers are planning to scale back Stranger Things 2's more expansive vibes to hone in on something "almost weirdly more intimate" and "a lot of fun."
Hawkins visitors should also expect more nods to '80s classics and the continuation of their fittingly cinematic approach to the episodic television format. The creative team, Matt said, is still working to "figure out how to tell an eight or nine-hour story" as if it were an extended film and not a collection of one-hour episodes. "Maybe we will get it just right when Stranger Things is done," Ross said. "The final season."
With Strangers Things 2, as predicted, Netflix pulled off another viewership and critical acclaim victory. A whopping 326,000 people finished the whole damn season within 24 hours of its release. Nielsen reported that "Chapter One: Madmax," the season 2 premiere, scored nearly 16 million views within the first three days of release.
As for what we should expect in Stranger Things 3 in terms of plot, "Chapter Nine: The Gate" certainly set up some compelling possibilities. For a spoiler-heavy breakdown of what could be next, check this out.