Stranger Things was officially renewed by Netflix in late August, nearly two months after the nostalgic supernatural series premiered and unlocked our curiosity doors. But according to co-creator Matt Duffer, he and his brother, Ross, knew they’d be back for a second season long before the public did. Netflix “greenlit the second season before we even premiered,” he told the Hollywood Reporter. “So when everyone was going, ‘Is there going to be a second season?’ we had been writing the entire time. So we’ve been working on this almost all summer.” Ross added, “It drove me crazy.”
You know what’s driving fans crazy? Those mysterious episode titles — “The Pumpkin Patch,” “The Pollywog,” “The Secret Cabin” — for season two. They could mean literally anything (“Eleven and Dustin visit a pumpkin patch and drink apple cider” — it’s not the most thrilling episode), but that hasn’t stopped theorists from predicting what a “Palace” has to do with anything.
And they’re “very close” to being right.
Netflix was originally going to release another teaser, but Matt thought it “wasn’t exciting enough,” and he “wanted to provide some hint of where we were going in season two without giving anything away.” Some of the episode titles will likely change, he admits, because “the whole season was already broken when we did this.” But even if they aren’t the final choices, Matt continued, “everything in that teaser is major. But they’re ambiguous enough that no one is going to be able to figure it out. Some of the fan theories online are amazing. Most are wrong, but I’ve read a few that are right or very close. Is it Reddit? Some of those people have figured stuff out based off of the chapter titles.” The brothers don’t personally visit Reddit, but “people send us the stuff. I know I would never get out if I went in there.”
Reddit: the Upside Down of the internet.
(Via the Hollywood Reporter)