Another Trip to the Upside Down, You Say? Don’t Mind If We Do, Netflix

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Whilst it’s only been available for a little over one month, Netflix has officially renewed Stranger Things for a third season.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, industry-leading data analysts Nielsen data cited some 15.9 million viewers streamed the second season within the first three days of its release, and 361,000 Netflix subscribers completed the season within the first 24 hours of its debut.

The Duffer Brothers, creators of Stranger Things, indicated back in October that they had already started work on Season 3 and it was “already underway”, whilst Ross Duffer (one of the Duffer Brothers, and co-creator of Stranger Things) stated how juggling the multiple storylines – such as Will Byers’ connection to the Upside Down, as well as the introduction of new monsters, will remain a key focus in maintaining the franchise’s momentum.

Duffer said, “The hardest thing with this story is that we were tracking these multiple storylines and having them sort of build about at the same pace as to crescendo at the same time.

It’s always the hardest part as we move into writing.

Like we’re starting on Season 3 now, it’s always the most difficult thing just to get those to build simultaneously.

It’s always a challenge, and so we’re still learning.

I mean, we’re trying to do this eight-hour, nine-hour movie so to get that pacing just right, you know, it’s always hard.”

His brother and co-creator, Matt, revealed that, whilst the show wasn’t built with the intention to “sustain like 10 seasons”, they have already started mapping out a way to bring the series to a logical conclusion.

“We have an ending in mind, you know what I mean?”, Matt Duffer said.

“We think we know where we want it to end basically, we’re not sure how long it’s going to take to get there.

If a lot of people continue to watch the show that’s not reason enough to do another season.

There has to be a narrative reason for it to exist.

Mostly we have to be excited about it and actors and everyone involved who give so much of their time over the show have to be excited about it.”

Whilst these comments, and the fact that Netflix has confirmed a third season has been commissioned, are great, it’s a short while off until it actually surfaces on the streaming service.

Until then, both season one and two are currently available on Netflix, and starring Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalie Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, Matthew Modine, Noah Schnapp, Joe Keery, Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery.

-James, 05/12/2017

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