If you started watching Stranger Things this weekend, there’s a fairly decent chance you’ve already finished it. It’s only eight episodes, it’s easily consumed, and it’s addictive as hell (assuming you are the right audience, which is to say: A fan of — or at least familiar with — the early work of Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter). Moreover, while the end of season one is satisfying, it leaves several threads dangling.
A season two seems necessary, although not necessarily with the same cast. It would be interesting to see a different cast in a different town take up the danglings threads in season one, primarily surrounding the origins of the monster, the creation of the portal to another dimension, and how Dr. Martin Brenner is involved. The first season connected the dots in a satisfying way, but several of those connections could use more explanation. It’s also a universe we’d all no doubt love to revisit, although it might be interesting to see the Duffer Brothers pick it up a decade later and approach the second season from the perspective of an influential 90’s filmmaker, although the work of Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, Tim Burton and/or Richard Linklater might not lend itself well to this universe.
At any rate, on the question of whether there will be a season two, Matthew Modine has addressed it, and he suggests that it definitely will be back. One of the Duffer Brothers, Matt, also told IGN that Stranger Things has been designed for a second season:
We wanted to do a couple things with this season. We didn’t want to do The Killing thing. We wanted it to resolve that main thing of Will going missing in the first season. So in that sense, it is like an eight-hour movie. Now, we don’t answer all the questions by the end of the season - there are definitely some dangling threads. The hope is that it feels satisfying but that we left room and that if people respond to it we can go back into this world. But if we do get to go back, it’s not a second season as much as a sequel.
Netflix has not confirmed a second season yet, fans of the first season can at least feel confident that a second season is likely. There is certainly a large appetite for it. The composition, the cast, the setting, and the time period, however, remains unclear.