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Shawn Levy Says Stranger Things Season Two Will be Darker and More Dangerous, Thinks They Are Doing Things That Will Disappoint Fans

June 17, 2017 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

The Hollywood Reporter recently spoke to director Shawn Levy, who discussed details for the upcoming second season of Stranger Things. Below are some highlights (via /Film). The breakout show is set to return to Netflix later this Halloween.

Levy on season two being more dangerous: “Season two makes the Demogorgon look quaint. I was just in the edit room with the brothers yesterday, and we’re like, ‘this is definitely darker, I hope everyone’s down with this,’ because the threats to Hawkins and to our characters are bigger, darker, often times scarier. So people who found season one too scary for them, probably you’re going to be more scared by season two. But again, the best thing I can tell you is that through it all, it’s got the best heart. But it is, cinematically and budgetary, it’s definitely more ambitious.”

Levy on how they are doing things that might disappoint fans: “We are going to do things that fans will be disappointed in, but I think they will be more satisfied by… I’ll give one example that I’ve been asked about a hundred times which is people still think Barb’s alive. Because you think you want that, but you wouldn’t really want that. I’ve had a lot of people, some huge celebrities come up to me at these awards shows, like, “So, between us, Barb’s coming back, right?” I’m like “No, you saw, she had like a creature, slug, worm, snake, coming out of her mouth. I don’t know that there’s a bounce back from that!” So no, we are not going to cravenly service the wish-list of fans, we’re going to service the Duffer instincts and what they feel is the right story to tell.”