With Stranger Things set to return to Netflix for its second season this October, executive producer and director Shawn Levy has been chatting to Collider about the acclaimed supernatural drama series, revealing that creators The Duffer Brothers have had so many ideas for the story that some material is being held back for season three.
“As the episodes were written by the Duffers, they realised that there was too much story for nine episodes,” said Levy. “So it forced us to be judicious in which stories we tell this season. So one of the surprises was, not all of our grand ideas are going to be serviced in one season… If we had 40 ideas going into the season, 30 [we] are going to pick, and the rest go in the back of our head for, hopefully, future chapters.”
Meanwhile, Levy also went on to reveal that we’ll be seeing a lot more of Noah Schnapp’s Will Byers, who spent the majority of the first season trapped in the Upside Down.
“When we cast the kids, we cast Noah Schnapp as Will Byers knowing that he was only in a small amount of Season 1 because he was missing. And we cast him because we knew that kid was special. Even if we weren’t going to call on his full reservoir of abilities in Season 1. Will Byers is very much at the center of Season 2. Noah steps up in the most staggering way. The Duffers and I, depending on who’s directing, keep sending texts to each other going, ‘holy s–t, Noah is crushing it’ and we knew he had it in him, and it’s really now to get in that moment, and put him firmly in the thick of story.”
The second season of Stranger Things sees the return of cast members Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobbie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Charlie Heaton, Natalia Dyer and Joe Keery, along with new additions Sean Astin (The Goonies), Paul Reiser (Aliens), Linnea Berthelsen (The Desert), Sadie Sink (Odyssey), Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers) and Brett Gelman (Brett Gelman’s Dinner in America). It will hit Netflix this Halloween.