We’re still months away from watching a single frame of Stranger Things season 2 (not counting trailers, of course). But that hasn’t stopped Netflix from granting the Duffer Brothers not one, but two more seasons of their hit show. Such is the power of the cult of Stranger Things, an pastiche show that came out of nowhere to become a pop culture juggernaut.
It’s a bold move by Netflix, which typically announces the next season of one of its originals after determining whether or not the previous season was a success. But that logic doesn’t seem to apply to Stranger Things, which along with Game of Thrones, is arguably one of our last consensus shows.
But unlike Thrones, the Duffer Brothers plan on dropping the mic before things get a little too convoluted. “We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out,” Ross Duffer told Vulture recently.
In another break from their Thrones counterparts, the Duffers admitted that putting their characters in terrible situations is borderline masochistic. “I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year,” Matt Duffer said.
As for where the show is headed, the brothers did hint that future seasons might take our precocious heroes beyond the confines of rural Hawkins, Indiana. “They’re going to have to get the fuck out of this town!” Ross said. “It’s ridiculous!”
Could this mean a radical reimagining of the Stranger Things formula in seasons to come? If so, we have some ideas.
Stanger Things: The College Years
By the time season three hits, it’s reasonable to assume that many of the characters will be of legal drinking age. And with the five lead actors on the fast track to puberty, the Duffer Brothers might not have a choice but to plunge them into the disorienting world that is life as a college freshman. And if you’re wondering what could possibly be scarier than a faceless monster from a parallel world, you’ve obviously never done a keg stand on an empty stomach.
Stranger Things goes Hollywood
This could be the spiritual sequel to Entourage that we never knew we needed . Will gets scouted by a top talent agent and moves his crew to La La Land where his career as a YouTube stars blows up. Watching our heroes try and bike the 110 during rush hour would be worth the price of admission alone.
Stranger Things meets Perfect Strangers
Our heroes must vanquish the biggest threat to their existence yet: a well-meaning but hugely annoying roommate named Balki Bartokomous from the fictional island of Mypos. Introduce him to your date at your own peril.
And you can bet that there are plenty more where these came from. Hit us up, Duffers.