Stranger Things Season 5 to use unused ideas from Season 2

Netflix’s debut season Stranger things was a huge success, which led to series creators Matt and Ross Duffer, along with their writers, throwing out a number of ideas for what to explore in season 2, and while many of those concepts were scrapped, the Duffers that some of those ideas were salvaged and built into the upcoming final season of the series. This is sure to spark speculation among fans about which elements were only teased and never fully explored, but knowing that there are parallels to that beloved storyline is likely to excite audiences. The last season of Stranger things probably won’t hit Netflix until 2024.

“The success of Season 1 scared us, and that’s when we knew we had to build this bigger world, that this was going to continue,” Ross Duffer told Tudum from Netflix. “That meant prepping for Season 2 included filling a whiteboard with every idea the writers’ room could think of. But it was way too much — [five times] more ideas than we needed, or [ten times]. For Season 5, we’re taking a lot of those big ideas from Season 2… A lot of our big ending stuff comes from things that we thought would come in Season 2.

While the Duffers had been planning for years how long the series would last, when Season 2 was being developed, the sky seemed like the limit to their ideas. With only one batch of episodes left, that means the story probably needs to slow down to make a satisfying takeoff, unlike how previous seasons opened up the world of Hawkins, Indiana and the Upside Down in unexpected ways.

Bringing in ideas from season 2 of the series isn’t the only way the upcoming final season will honor the origins of the franchise, as the Duffers previously described that season 5 will mirror season 1 in tone.

“[Season 5]the way we see it is sort of the culmination of all seasons, so it’s got a little bit of each,” Ross Duffer told an FYC event earlier this month. [Season] 3 is our big summer blockbuster season with big monsters, and [Season] 4 was the psychological horror. I think we’re trying to go back to the beginning a little bit, in the tone of 1.”

Stay tuned for more information about the future of Stranger things.

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