Are we nearing the end of “Stranger Things”? The answer, sadly, is yes. “I have the end in sight,” said Shawn Levy in an interview with Collider. “The brothers have the end in sight. There is a plan and that too will be shared not quite as soon as a sense of when Season 4 is coming out, but soon enough. I can say this: no one’s making it up as we go along and there is an endgame, if you will.”
That sounds suspiciously like there’s a five-year plan. And as TV shows go, five years is a good length. Case in point: Eric Kripke originally had a loose five-year plan for his seminal series “Supernatural.” Then again, “Supernatural” wound up running for 15 seasons, not five (with a prequel on the way), so it’s worth asking — is this really the end of the road for “Stranger Things”? Somewhat paradoxically, the answer seems to be “no.”
“I’d say what’s been made clear is this is obviously a tentpole, arguably the tentpole franchise in the history of Netflix,” said Levy. “Obviously certain other shows played key roles in their evolution, but ‘Stranger Things’ with 196 million viewers over the time that we’ve been on the air, that’s a lot of households. And it’s unique in that Netflix service. What’s been made clear is there is an interest and a real voracious appetite for any offshoot, any other iteration format or extension of the franchise, the characters, the mythology. And certainly those conversations are hardly evolved, but they’re also not non-existent.”
In other words, while “Stranger Things” has a definitive ending, it’s world does not. By all means, pull out a couple tissues and dab your eyes over the reminder that this one show is ending, but take heart “Stranger Things” fans — it’s likely the world of the Upside Down will continue on in another form.