Stranger Things Season 2: everything we know
'Stranger Things' Season 2: Everything We Know So Far
The first season ofStranger Thingswas loved by fans worldwide, prompting Netflix to quickly renew the show for a second season. Since the original series aired, theories about the show's characters have been circulating, along with casting rumors. While Season 1 will be hard to top, details about Season 2 promise more horror, more mystery, and even more episodes. With just a few days standing between us and Season 2, here's what we know so far.
1) Season 2 will be released on October 27, 2019.
Though Netflix previously said the new season would be released on Halloween, the official Season 2 poster, released today, shows it will premiere the Friday before—ideal for a weekend of bingeing. The poster hints at something ominous coming, paired with the tagline "Some doors can't be closed." Perhaps we'll be returning to the Upside Down?
Here's how Netflix describes the new season:It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.
2) Season 2 will feature nine episodes.
Increasing the order from Season 1's eight episodes, Netflix has given the Duffer brothers even more time to expand theStranger Thingsuniverse.
3) The villain will be worse than Season 1's Demogorgon.
Co-creator Ross Duffer toldThe Hollywood Reporter, "It's not about just taking another monster—it's a bigger, badder monster. We want it to feel a little bit different, a little bit darker." Producer Shawn Levy confirmed this in an interview with GoldDerby (via Bloody Disgusting) when he said, "I think overall the kind of forces of evil that are inherent in Season 2 make that Demogorgon look quaint in retrospect." Basically, if The Monster in Season 1 seemed terrifying, then things are going to get much, much worse.
4) Will (Noah Schnapp) is still central to the plot.
Producer Shawn Levy also told GoldDerby, "Will Byers is very much at the center of several intersecting challenges and threats in Season 2." Actor Finn Wolfhard confirmed this during a Netflix panel, stating, "Something happens to Will in the first couple of episodes that's very, very disturbing." Co-creator Matt Duffer echoed that toEntertainment Weekly: "He seems to be seeing images from the Upside Down—the question is whether they’re real or not... It seems like he’s having some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder." Having just been reunited with his friends and family, it sounds as though Will's life begins to disintegrate very quickly.
5) Season 2 will have a different structure.
Co-creator Matt DuffertoldTHR, "It's going to be very different structurally, which is fun." Perhaps the story will be less linear, or will span a greater period of time? Season 1's eight episodes had a fairly narrow focus—the search for Will—but it sounds like Season 2 will expand to incorporate new characters and storylines.
6) Sean Astin fromThe GooniesandThe Lord of the Ringswill play a new character.
According to Netflix's press release, Astin will play Bob Newby, "a kind-hearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Hopper (David Harbour) and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack." Additionally,Entertainment Weeklyrevealed plot details about Season 2 back in February, disclosing that Bob is dating Joyce when Season 2 opens. “She’s trying to mask a lot," Ryder said. "I think she’s made this choice with Bob because she wants a good father figure in her sons’ lives."
7) Paul Reiser will play a new character called Dr. Owens.
According to Netflix, Reiser's character is "a high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a 'clean-up' assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year." Dr. Owens sounds like a low-key villain, trying to cover-up the devastating events of Season 1, and hoping to get to the bottom of Eleven's disappearance. He could be an important antagonist.
8) The first episode of Season 2, "Madmax," refers to a new character.
THRdescribes Max, played by Sadie Sink "a tough and confident girl" who's a bit of a tomboy and has a penchant for skateboarding. Max's step-brother, Billy, played by Dacre Montgomery, will also be introduced, and is apparently super confident, excels at drinking games, and is unpredictably violent. He also has a talent for stealing other people's girlfriend's, which could spell trouble for Steve and Nancy. Of Billy, Matt Duffer tellsEW, "The evil in the real world is often as bad or worse than the supernatural evil, so we wanted to introduce a character like that.”
9) Eleven will be back.
Fans worried that Season 1's conclusion might spell the end for Eleven, but as Millie Bobby Brown appears in theStranger Thingsteaser trailer, we know she'll be back. Hopefully, she'll be more powerful than ever.
10) New episodes are set in 1984, one year after the events of Season 1.
The cast have been seen sportingGhostbusterscostumes, an important nod to the year in which the new season is set.
11) We'll find out more about Hopper's daughter.
Actor David Harbour spoke at New York Comic Con in October 2019, and said, "I feel like with the loss of a daughter like that, I just feel like he’s truly broken in a way that almost cannot be healed." Harbour promised that Hopper's back story would be explored in even more detail.
12) Barb (Shannon Purser) is definitely dead.
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