In a not-so-strange turn of events, Netflix has renewed breakout hit “Stranger Things” for a second season.

Season 2 will debut in 2017 and will consist of nine episodes, one more than Season 1’s eight installments.

The news comes hardly as a surprise, as the supernatural drama has become arguably the buzziest series of the summer. Work on the second season has reportedly been underway for quite some time.

Brothers Matt and Ross Duffer will return as writers for the second season and will executive produce with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen once again.

“Stranger Things” stars Winona Ryder in her first major TV role. In the first season, she starred alongside David Harbour, Matthew Modine, Finn Wolfhard, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton,Noah Schnapp, Millie Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo,Joe Chrest, Joe Keery, Rob Morgan, Ross Partridge, Shannon Purser,John Paul Reynolds, Mark Steger and Chris Sullivan. No casting has been confirmed for the upcoming season.

The ’80s-set thriller follows the disappearance of a young boy and a telekinetic girl who helps his friends with their search, while the boy’s older brother and the town police chief start their own investigations.

Before the renewal was announced, the Duffer brothers spoke at the summer TV press tour, telling reporters that there’s more to the story and they hope they get to tell it. “We want it to feel like a big movie,” Matt said. “But there’s a bigger mythology, and there’s a lot of dangling threads at the end. We could explore it if Netflix wanted to continue.”

Ross added, “It’s about giving enough so the audience feels satisfied.”

Posted by:Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety

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