When Stranger Things ended their first season I didn’t feel that there was a need to continue. The character’s had had their arcs come full circle, most loose ends were neatly tied and, despite the ending being left slightly ambiguous, for the most part, it was wrapped up.
I thought that Stranger Things might have been an anthology upon learning there was going to be a second series. The world building was big enough to encompass another stand alone series with maybe a nod or cameo from previous characters. I was disappointed to discover that season 2 would follow on from the first as it would only detract from the arcs the characters had overcome. And, for the most part, I believe that ended up being the case.
It can be difficult to say goodbye to characters that you love, even more so if they are fan favourites. In the Duffer Brothers’ case, they became a critical darling and, so, the pressure to continue may have impacted their decision to follow on from where they left off.
When putting together a long form narrative it helps to have that end in mind as that is what you’ll be building too. Figuring out the characters and their arcs in key to leaving the audience feeling satisfied as a good story knows when to call it quits.
Resist the temptation to continue for the sake of continuing for all good things must come to an end.
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Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Aug. 2, 2019
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