While those monsters at Netflix deny us an official Season 2 renewal, Stranger Things has more than a few ideas already jotted down for its next chapter. The noticeably-older kids will necessitate at least some time-jump from the Season 1 finale, but producers already have in mind to bridge the gap with perfectly ‘80s Stranger Things video game. Yes please?

Speaking with IGN, co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer explained that Season 2 would pick up at least a year from the Netflix series’ first run, as changes like actor Gaten Matarazzo’s rapidly-deepening voice (they were already pitching up in ADR) necessitate them to “do the Harry Potter thing,” and acknowledge the passage of time. That said, a one-year time-jump would allow the pair to revisit events of the missing year, for which the two acknowledge an 8-bit video game as a possibility:

Ross: It’s also just exciting having these initial conversations about it because the jump allows us to say “what happened in that year?” It actually opens up a lot more storytelling possibilities. These characters have changed and the audience has to sort of fill in those gaps of what went on in that year. To us, it’s exciting. So the fact that we have to make this jump, because of the kids, we’re trying to use that to our advantage.

IGN: You could have a comic book of the year in between.

Ross Duffer: That’s a great idea! But what I really want is a video game.

Matt: Like an 8-bit… These fans, a lot of them have done this 8-bit video game art that’s blowing my mind.

Surely, someone’s already hard at work on depicting the first season as exactly that (it was on the checklist after ‘80s sitcom credits), but might the Duffers actually follow through on a game to bridge the gap? What other changes might occur by the time we get to a second season premiere?

 

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