Stranger Things showed up on Netflix late last year without a lot of buzz, but within days of it’s release (dropping all 8 episodes at once did terrible things to my productivity that weekend) Stranger Things exploded into a cultural phenomenon. The Duffer brothers’ nostalgic 80’s sci-fi series thrilled audiences across the globe thanks to its unique aesthetic, brilliant storytelling, and loveable cast. I don't think anyone doubted that we would be blessed with a second season, but they have finally thrown us a bone. Here’s a rundown of everything we know about season 2…
Series star David Harbour (noble chief of Hawkins Police Department, Jim Hopper) shared on a Comic-Con panel (via Hollywood Life) that the story takes place a year later in Hawkins, and that it looks at the fallout of season 1 events. Some of the town knows about the sh*t that went down, other townspeople don’t. This means Stranger Things will progress as a narrative television show, and not an anthology series (e.g. American Horror Story and True Detective) as many people suspected. Three new cast members have been revealed—Sean Astin, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen—with Astin revealed as Winona’s (Joyce Byers) new boyfriend. Poor, lonely Police Chief.
Executive producer Shawn Levy revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair that the season will be bigger and darker—“The threat, which in Season 1 was to Will Byers, has grown. That’s all I’m going to say! But, I will say Season 2 has a bigger cast and is definitely loyal to the kind of magical storytelling that we established in the first season. It’s character-based and still about our core group of characters.” Interesting.
It has already been (somewhat) revealed late last year (by sci-fi superstar Millie Bobby Brown herself) that Eleven will be making a comeback in season two, thanks to an Insta post hinting at her return to the show.
And most importantly, we still have no answers about Barb. David stated, “The question and the feelings that Nancy has that no one ever cares about her friend Barb, are very much present in the beginning of the season.” And whilst this doesn’t answer any questions we have regarding #justiceforbarb, it does appear that there will be some sort of closure.
No release date has been confirmed, but we can expect to see it hitting our screens sometime later this year. In the meantime, enjoy this 'lil clip revealing the names for all season 2 episodes, backed with that theme music we know and love. Eeeeeep!!!