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'Stranger Things 2' is happening; will arrive in 2017

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Photograph: Courtesy Netflix Stranger Things

Get set to return to the Upside Down: Netflix has just announced that Stranger Things has been renewed for a second season. The streaming service will release next year. 

Of course, for ST obsessives, this is merely confirmation of the inevitable. Talk of a second season of Netflix's biggest hit of the summer has been rife since the series, starring Winona Ryder as the mother of a boy who goes missing under suspicious alieny-other-dimensiony circumstances, first debuted.

Details of the second season are scant. Show creators the Duffer Brothers (talented and hot) have said that they want to tell more of the story of the Upside Down and the four boys who've found themselves embroiled in it. "We want it to feel like a big movie," Matt Duffer said at the Television Critics Association press tour. "There's a bigger mythology, and there's a lot of dangling threads in the end."

So, expect a continuation of the story rather than any American Horror Story-style anthologizing. No word on casting, though one imagines the team couldn't not bring back fan faves Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) and Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), who just so happens to have the voice of an actual angel.

And we're printing our "Bring Barb Back" T-shirts...now!

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