The sci-fi 80s throwback Stranger Things was a surprise smash hit on Netflix this summer, and fans are dying to know what happens next in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. Shawn Levy, who directed a couple episodes in Season One and will be returning to direct in Season Two, recently offered up some tidbits of info.
In a Q&A session hosted by Collider, Levy revealed that Season Two had actually already begun filming. He also had hoped to keep the return of Eleven (Millie Brown) more of a secret, before the news leaked out on the internet.
“We are filming in Atlanta again. I feel like that’s how the Millie Brown thing leaked because someone saw her trick r treating in Atlanta. I was so bummed about that because Netflix had this really clever idea of taking a picture at our table read last week and posting it upside down, which is what we did. But then like two days before our clever idea got to debut, a bunch of places were reporting that Millie was gonna be a part of Season 2.”
He also confirmed the number of episodes in Season Two will be nine, although fans will have to be patient. He took a spring release date off the table, so the best we can hope for is sometime next summer.
“That I can’t say. I do have a sense of it. It was promised when we announced that we were picked up for Season 2 and we gave those chapter headings, I believe it ended with ‘Coming in 2017’ and that much is true. You can do a little bit of math, we’re not magicians so there’s no way it launches in Spring since I just admitted we started filming today, and we’re doing nine.”
With the logistical details out of the way, Levy gave us hints about how the story will progress in Season Two, promising a bunch of new characters. He insisted, though, that the story would remain focused on the core group of children.
“I’m not gonna say how much time has gone by. It is not the next day, I’ll say that. And there are several new characters who I think several of them are going to be new fan-favorites because they’re great, great new characters. But we are definitely sticking primarily with our core group, and what is different, how are they changed from the experience of last season… maybe ‘normal’ is never possible again.”
He even suggested that series creators the Duffer Brothers have already started to plan ahead for Season Three, should the second season deliver as successfully as the first.