Netflix Advised Against Treating ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Like a Sequel

The new season of Stranger Things is being treated like a sequel, right down to having the title Stranger Things 2. But apparently this is something that Netflix originally objected to.

Entertainment Weekly is out with a new cover story today about the return of Stranger Things, and in it, creators Ross and Matt Duffer explain why they decided to treat the second season like a sequel and reveal that Netflix was against this approach at first.

“When we started describing it as a sequel, Netflix was like, ‘Don’t do that, because sequels are known to be bad,'” Matt Duffer told Entertainment Weekly. “I was like, ‘Yes, but what about T2 and Aliens and Toy Story 2 and Godfather II?’”

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The logo for Stranger Things 2 | Netflix

Clearly, Netflix came around, as Season 2 is being officially billed as Stranger Things 2. That’s what it says at the end of the official trailer for the show and on every poster released thus far. Even the image used on the official Twitter page is just a giant “2” in the series’ font. It also appears that “Stranger Things 2” is what will come on screen during the opening title sequence of the show, as Entertainment Weekly notes that “when the show comes back it will have the cinematic moniker Stranger Things 2.

Matt and Ross Duffer have previously talked about the fact that they approached this season as if they were making a sequel to a movie, not as if they were making the second season of an ongoing show.

“We’re movie guys, and from the very beginning we thought of it as a sequel more than a television Season 2. That’s why it’s ‘Stranger Things 2,” Matt Duffer told The Wrap. “It’s building off a lot of the ideas we established in Season 1, but it’s introducing new threats, new stakes and the idea is to resolve that more or less by the end of the season.”

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The kids in Stranger Things 2 | Netflix

One aspect of Season 2 that will be similar to a movie sequel is that it will be noticeably bigger than before, at least according to the show’s cast and crew.

“It’s Stranger Things but just sorta hopped up a little,” actor Finn Wolfhard told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s almost like season 1 was drinking a Coke and season 2 they drank a Red Bull.”

And like a movie sequel, the show’s creators hope people have a discussion about the merits of this one versus the original.

“We want people to argue about what season is better,” Matt Duffer told Entertainment Weekly. “I want the debate. I want the Toy Story debate!”

Stranger Things 2 will premiere on Netflix on Oct. 27.