Written by John Squires
Obviously, avoid reading this until you’ve finished watching.
I’ve yet to run into a single person, in my daily travels across the web this past week, who hasn’t fallen head over heels in love with new Netflix series Stranger Things. Set in the ’80s, and centered on a group of kids doing battle with an otherworldly monster, the series is the best of Steven Spielberg and Stephen King all rolled into one, and like many, I couldn’t help but binge-consume all eight episodes in just a couple days.
Honestly? I’m already hungry to watch it again!
The finale of the show’s first season left many lingering questions in its wake, with two scenes in particular that teased the second season in a somewhat confusing way. First off, Sheriff Hopper appeared to pay a visit to Eleven out in the woods, a character who had seemingly been killed during the climatic battle with the monster, and then we saw that Will isn’t quite in the clear after his extended stay in The Upside Down.
How exactly were we supposed to interpret those two scenes? We turn to Variety‘s interview with series creators Matt and Ross Duffer for some answers.
“Obviously something happened to her when she destroyed and killed that monster and we don’t know where she went,” Matt explained, digging into the scene where Hopper left Christmas cookies and Eggo waffles for Eleven. “Hopper is left with this guilt because he sold her out. We wanted to leave it sort of mysterious exactly what he knows. Have there been sightings in the woods or is he hoping she’s out there or has he already made contact with her? We don’t answer any of that, but we like the idea of potentially putting her and Hopper together.”
As for Will puking up that slug-like thing…
“We love the idea that [the Upside Down] is an environment that is not a great place for a human being to be living in,” explained Ross. “Will’s been there for an entire week, and it’s had some kind of effect on him, both emotionally and perhaps physically. The idea is he’s escaped this nightmare place, but has he really? That’s a place we wanted to go and potentially explore in season two. What effect does living in there for a week have on him? And what has been done to him? It’s not good, obviously.”
Season 2 can’t come soon enough!