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‘Stranger Things’ gets second season from Netflix

Netflix says a 'Stranger Things' art installation is coming to Toronto's Nuit Blanche arts festival on Saturday.
Netflix says a 'Stranger Things' art installation is coming to Toronto's Nuit Blanche arts festival on Saturday. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Stranger Things is returning for a second season on Netflix.

Season 2 will be set in 1984, debuting in 2017 and will consist of nine episodes (the first season had eight).

The supernatural drama has become the breakout hit of the summer, and was crafted by Matt and Ross Duffer.

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The Duffer Brothers will return as writers for the second season and will executive produce with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen once again.

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The brothers discussed second season ideas at the 2016 TCA Summer Press Tour.

“We wanted to feel like a big movie, so we wanted to solve that main tension of where Will went and what happened to him,” Matt told press earlier this summer. “But then there’s the bigger mythology behind what happened, so there’s definitely a lot of dangling threads at the end… if people wanted it and Netflix wanted it, we could explore it and continue the storyline.”

Ross added, “It’s about giving enough so the audience feels satisfied.”

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Despite the show’s success, it took Netflix longer than fans hoped to announce the renewal.

Netflix boss Ted Sarandos explained the delay by telling press at this summer’s TCA that they “always want to take some time to be thoughtful about the process.”

“When we first come out of the gate with something, we usually have a pretty good idea of where it’s going to go, but it’s sensible for us to take a little bit of time and let the show breathe. And with so many really falling in love with season one, and people who hadn’t really seen episodes of season one just yet, let’s focus on season one right now,” Sarandos said.

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When Netflix and Stranger Things’ Twitter accounts made the announcement of the renewal, fans on social media couldn’t contain their excitement.

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The ’80s-set thriller follows the disappearance of a young boy and a telekinetic girl who helps his friends with their search, while the boy’s older brother and the town police chief start their own investigations.

Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder in her first major TV role. The actress starred alongside David Harbour, Matthew Modine, Finn Wolfhard, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, Noah Schnapp, Millie Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Joe Chrest, Joe Keery, Rob Morgan, Ross Partridge, Shannon Purser, John Paul Reynolds, Mark Steger and Chris Sullivan.

Entertainment Weekly reports that most of the cast will be back for Season 2, including Ryder. The only real mystery is if Eleven, played by Brown, will return. “We don’t know about Eleven,” Ross said. “We leave that up in the air.”

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