Details on How The Ending of STRANGER THINGS Season 2 Sets Up Season 3
If you clicked on this article to read it, I'm sure you've already blazed through Stranger Things Season 2. If you haven't finished watching it yet, you probably don't want to read this article as it deals with the ending of the season.
I enjoyed the hell out of the second season, I thought it was a fantastic continuation of what season one started. I liked that it took the characters in a direction that I didn't see coming. It ended up being quite surprising and I loved the outcome and how it came to a close. There was a great big Season 3 tease and in an interview with Screen Rant, the Duffer Bros. talk about how that ending sets up Season 3.
After we watch our favorite characters living a happy 80s life at a Jr. High dance playing classic 80s music, where a few characters steal their first kiss, everything flips over to the dark Upside Down. It's there where we see a giant evil shadow monster is ominously looking over the Jr. High gymnasium where the dance is being held.
Here's what series creators Ross and Matt Duffer had to say about that final shot and how it sets up Season 3:
“Yeah, we don’t end it on a totally happy note, do we? [Laughs] There were discussions about that, but then we went, ‘Nah, we have to hint at what’s to come.’ The hope we wanted people to get out of it is that this thing [is still out there]. They’ve shut the door on the Mind Flayer, but not only is it still there in the Upside Down, it’s very much aware of the kids, and particularly Eleven. It had not encountered her and her powers until that final episode. Now, it knows that she’s out there. We wanted to end on a little bit of an ominous note on that level.”
The Duffers then went on to explain that they didn't want a bunch of little cliffhangers like they had in Season 1. They wanted the ending to lead into a clean start for Season 3:
“Last year, we had a lot of little cliffhangers at the end of the season. We didn’t want to do that again. We didn’t want to box ourselves in for season three. We wanted to be able to start season three on a very clean slate. It felt totally unnecessary, when we had the Snow Ball. Once we had the Snow Ball, we didn’t know [if we wanted to do] anything else as an ending.”
I love what the Duffer Bros. have done with this series so far and I trust that they will give their fans an amazing third season! These guys have a solid handle on these characters and where they want to take them and I can't wait to see where the story goes in Season 3!
What did you all think of the ending of Stranger Things Season 2?