Filming for Stranger Things season two begins next month and since the cameras have not started rolling yet, there are limited information about what the Duffer brothers have planned for the upcoming installment. But the show’s creators have been generous recently and they have been sharing bread crumbs of information every now and then.
When Stranger Things became a breakout hit of the summer on television, the streaming service Netflix quickly announced a renewal of the show with creators the Duffer brothers released the titles for season two’s episodes.
An interview with Entertainment Weekly of the Duffer brothers reveals some interesting details about the upcoming season’s central plot. The creators have referred to season two as a sequel meaning that it will be a continuation of what the audiences saw and not an anthology.
“I don’t think we ever thought anthology,” said Ross Duffer. “I think we talked like a larger time jump where the kids are older now and it’s a different decade. That’s something we batted around from the very beginning. But for us, there’s still more story here [in the 1980s], there’s still things that are unresolved.”
The brothers also recognize the brilliance of James Cameron when it comes to making a sequel adding that as they have modeled season one after a movie, they look at season two as a blockbuster’s sequel.
“I know movie sequels get a lot of s**t, but the ones we look up to aspire to pivot and do something different,” explained Matt Duffer. “There’s ‘Temple of Doom,’ ‘Aliens,’ ‘Terminator 2.’ I guess a lot of this is James Cameron. But he’s brilliant. And I think one of the reasons his sequels are as successful as they are is he makes them feel very different without losing what we loved about the original. So I think we kinda looked to him and what he does and tried to capture a little bit of the magic of his work.”
With these pronouncements, speculations are abound regarding the upcoming season’s central story. As fans remember the “One Month After” coda where Will (Noah Schnapp) coughed up a slimy, slug-like organism in the bathroom, speculations suggest that the “slug” may be a demogorgon at a larval stage and it is currently using Will’s body as an incubator Aliens-style.
Interestingly, episode six of Stranger Things season two is entitled as “The Pollywog”. A pollywog or polliwog is also known as a tadpole, an offspring of an amphibian. Alternatively, a Pollywog could be a play on the term “bullywug“, fictional monsters from Dungeons & Dragons that are described as “a violent race of marsh-dwelling frog-like humans”. Connecting the two together, perhaps season two will be an Aliens themed season.
However, these are all speculations at this point. Fans will have to wait for Stranger Things season two to return on Netflix sometime in 2017.
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