If you've finished with whatever level of binge-watching you chose to go with to get through Netflix's Stranger Things 2, then you know that The Duffer Brothers ended the show's second season answering old questions and raising new ones. While Season 2's finale may have been a bit more subtle in setting up what's still to come, it did set the stage for Season 3 and beyond in a number of ways.
Though still beginning to plot out the specifics of third season, Stranger Things 2's executive producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen took time to address some issues that fans have raised and explain their thought processes behind their decisions.
So if you haven't watched or finished Stranger Things 2 yet, here's an official warning:
Levy and Cohen sat down with Collider to discuss the recently released season, and here are some of the highlights:
● For the creators, it was important to give the characters (and fans) a moment of peace and normalcy after everything that sent down; but it was also important to remind the viewers that things are far from settled with The Upside Down:
"From the beginning, we all knew that this had to end with the Snow Ball. Not only do our fans need it, but our characters need it. They need moment where they get to return to normalcy. We cannot top that Snow Ball. We will never make people happier than that dance will make people. So let's not leave there with the promise to come. Let's let people have a moment of joy. And then we have The Police song, 'I'll Be Watching You,' and then indeed the camera turns and we see that something is." – Levy
● The season was originally supposed to end with epilogue scenes to set-up Season 3, but The Duffer Brothers didn't want to box themselves in creatively moving forward:
"There were epilogue scenes that were considered for after that shot that would have hinted more at Season 3. But there was a decision made by all of us where we said let's not back in to any promises again. We always felt after Season 1 that we had to payoff that slug that Will coughs up in the sink, or whose black car Hopper was getting into, and had to — and wanted to — follow-up on Hopper putting the Eggos out in a wooden lockbox in the woods. This time the [Duffer Brothers] very consciously wanted to promise less, so that their freedom is more."
● It looks like saving Will (Noah Schnapp) won't be without some consequences:
"We definitely see when Will is saved those particles, that particulate — we used to call it the particulate of evil — it emerged not in the Upside Down but in our world. and maybe that's got to be dealt with…" – Levy
● Expect the series to give Hawkins a well-deserved break and do a bit more road-tripping in the future, similar to what we saw in Episode 7:
"We took a big swing by opening the show with a car chase in another city, then Episode 7 goes to another city for an entire episode, and whether or not people feel that episode was entirely successful, the Duffers want to take some swings. And they know that they aren't going to please everybody, but there is that feeling of the world getting a bit bigger."
● Though each season if the series is clearly connected to a larger overall story, Cohen also sees each season functioning on their own:
"They're movies, they really are standalone movies, and they really do fit within the Star Wars films or Harry Potter movies in that they are standalone things where you have enough of a nod to get into the next story, but they can function and you can enjoy on their own."