Stranger Things Creators on How Many Seasons Left in the Show

While Stranger Things Season 2 is still several months away, creators the Duffer Brothers discuss how many seasons it has left.

Netflix opened a surprise pocket of cultural fervor for retro-tinged horror and suspense with last year’s arrival of original series Stranger Things. The eight-episode inaugural season became a summer 2016 binge event heralding the next collective obsession of genre fans. Yet, as the recent Super Bowl teaser for Season 2 has people salivating for the Halloween-hyped sophomore premiere, the creators provocatively comment on the series’ eventual ending.

Speaking with EW, Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer are hardly hinting that they’re throwing in the towel anytime soon with the momentum-riding Netflix series, but they do seem to offer a sobering assessment regarding just how far the surging phenomenon can feasibly stretch. As far as the Duffers are concerned, at least for now, the show’s staying power will be around four or five seasons. However, there’s a Demogorgon-sized asterisk attached to that teased telos, since organic occurrences often alter long-term plans. As Ross states:

“Everything changes as we move forward so we’ll see.” With Matt adding, “I want it to have a really finite ending. I don’t want it to be one of those shows that runs out of gas and they lose it because they’re losing interest. You wanna end when you’re on top.”

While the Duffers didn’t go so far as to name names when it came to shows that ran out of gas, it does seem clear that they aren’t letting the current white-hot enthusiasm surrounding Stranger Things make them myopic about the show’s lifespan. While certain genre shows – notably weekly network procedurals – can successfully hang around well past their perceived expiration date (Supernatural going into Season 13 this fall being the best example), the cinematic nature of prestige television shows – especially those structured for binging – tend to demand a storyline climax within a reasonable amount of time.  

Stranger Things came to the zeitgeist forefront with a unique formula amalgamating kitschy retro-1980’s kid-centric adventures with Stephen King tropes; a byproduct that, while unique in today’s entertainment scene, also comes with a half-life. Of course, the series will evolve, especially as Season 2 starts things off in 1984, a year after the disappearance of the head-shaved psychic experiment Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), the slug-spewing aftereffects of the Upside Down on the rescued Will (Noah Schnapp) and the planned introduction of new main cast characters like the bombastic tomboy Max (Sadie Sink). Yet, as Ross Duffer muses on the fruits of Season 2:

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“Hopefully you’ll come to the end of Season 2 and feel fully satisfied and want more but you’ll feel like it has come to a conclusion. But also we’ve laid the ground work for further seasons.”

Stranger Things will, eventually, experience a triumphant return to streaming television when Season 2 makes a season-appropriate Netflix debut in October, somewhere around Halloween.