One of the bigger trends for major television series these days is the addition of an after-show, like The Walking Dead's Talking Dead or Game of Thrones' Thronecast. After-shows typically recap the week's episode with guests, offering commentary and all manner of tie-in material. Today, Netflix announced they will wade into the format, though the usual formula will be altered significantly to accommodate the streaming service.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Netflix will release seven episodes of Beyond Stranger Things, available concurrently with the debut of the second season of Stranger Things. The show will be hosted by Jim Rash and will explore the series' behind-the-scenes stories while providing analysis of major events that develop over the season.
According to the announcement, Netflix intends Stranger Things fans to binge watch the after-show only after they have finished all of Season 2. Beyond Stranger Things was produced by Embassy Row, the company responsible for one of the most successful after-shows, Talking Dead.
Beyond Stranger Things guests will include the likes of series creators Ross and Matt Duffer, as well as executive producer and director Shawn Levy. The after-show will also wrangle several of the show's main actors, like Millie Bobby Brown, Sean Astin, Linnea Berthelsen, Natalia Dyer, Brett Gelman, David Harbour, Randy Havens, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Dacre Montgomery, Paul Reiser, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink and Finn Wolfhard.
Stranger Things Season 2 and Beyond Stranger Things will be available in their entirely at the stroke of midnight on Oct. 27.