In a not-so-strange surprise, Netflix has announced that Stranger Things will live to see another day... or season in this case.
This summer's arguably biggest hit has been given the greenlight for nine more episodes to be aired on the popular streaming site, and fans (that most definitely includes us) are psyched.
If you have been living under a rock for the past few months and haven't seen the show and/or don't have any idea what it's about, here's a 10-second refresher for you — spoiler alert ahead.
Scene: Small-town Indiana in the early 1980's. Twelve-year-old boy goes missing from said town. Psychokinetic girl appears and begins to help boy's friends and family in the search. To keep things interesting, a sneaky government agency and an absolutely terrifying (and murderous) monster are also involved in the Stephen (Spielberg and King)-inspired series.
No casting has been confirmed yet for the second season, but creators of the show — 32-year-old twins, Matt and Ross Duffer — are thrilled to continue the plot, and strengthen the Hawkins, Indiana characters whom we admittedly already have an emotional bond with. (#RIPBarb)
While we daydream about the plot during our workdays and plan on losing connection with the outside world during the days (OK, so maybe just one day) that we binge-watch the entire next season, we can't help but wonder if the Duffer brothers have at least a little more in store for the female characters on the show.
There are some seriously kickass scenes in this show where we get to see relatable and realistic women take stands and take names, but we want more.
Take Winona Ryder for example. Ryder is exceptional as Joyce Byers in the show — a woman who is grieving over the disappearance of her son. While her character was criticized as being an both over-emotional and under-developed, there's so much more room to grow. After all, she's proven to be a badass innovator who made a wall-sized Ouija board to chat with her missing son, and she doesn't care that no one (particularly men) believes that she's contacting her son via Christmas Lights.
And don't even get us started on the somewhat-nerdy-and-wholeheartedly-beloved Barb.
Along with most of the internet, we were heartbroken at the confirmation of her death-by-monster, but even more upsetting is the aftermath. All discussion and remembrance of the poor girl seemed to fall off the face of the Earth. While our beloved character will, obviously, not be returning in the next season, the Duffer brothers have assured the world that there will be #JusticeForBarb.
Don't get us wrong, we'll be the first to call in sick when season two of Stranger Things premieres this fall. But we have high hopes that nine more episodes are an ample amount of time for the writers to strengthen both the plot as well as our favorite female characters.