The Duffer Brothers – the creators behind surprise hit of last year, – have revealed that a third season is confirmed, and there’ll possibly be a fourth, if they have their way.

In an interview with , Ross Duffer said: “We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out.” If you’re wondering why they are willing to slap an expiry date on Stranger Things, that’s because the characters would be ready to move onto college by then.

“We just have to keep adjusting the story,” Matt Duffer added. “Though I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year.”

The upcoming second season – titled Stranger Things 2 – will have a total of nine episodes, of which The Duffer Brothers have directed four, including the premiere and the finale. Ross said they want it to “feel like a movie sequel”, and not just a second season of a show. “We wanted to push things a bit,” he noted.

, which debuted in July last year, finds a small town grappling with the disappearance of a young boy named Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) under mysterious circumstances.

It followed his friends – Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo), and Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin) – along with a strange girl Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), his mother Joyce (Winona Ryder), and police chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) as they took on supernatural forces and government agencies to bring him back.

Stranger Things season two hits Netflix on October 27.

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