Stranger Things Season 2 is coming to Netflix on October 27. Co-creator Matt Duffer has since revealed what Season 2 will be all about, shutting down speculation and theories by fans about the show. According to him, Stranger Things Season 2 will still be set in Hawkins, Indiana, and will follow the same characters, who are having trouble dealing with the otherworldly events from Season 1.
Here’s what we found out about Stranger Things Season 2.
What to Expect from Stranger Things Season 2
1. The second season might be borrowing elements from a Stephen King novel.
When Stranger Things first debuted on Netflix, people couldn’t help but compare it with other sci-fi classics like E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Poltergeist, and Firestarter. The second installment will reportedly take inspiration from the Master of Sci-Fi Horror himself, Stephen King.
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The most convincing evidence was the show’s latest poster. Observers thought the poster took inspiration from the artwork in King’s previous novels. The covers on the novels for The Stand, The Mist, and Stand By Me show the main characters at their backs looking toward the horizon, and feature some kind of horror or monster element for each novel. The kids in Stranger Things are seen on their bikes with their backs from the camera. The kids are all looking at the sky, which is in the show’s signature blood-red color and lightning strikes. A shape of what could be the show’s upcoming monster is also shown hiding in the clouds.
2. The new monster is bigger, worse, and will definitely scare a lot of people in Hawkins.
There has been a ton of chatter on Reddit about the new monster in Stranger Things Season 2. A Redditor thought the new monster has some shape-shifting abilities and is remarkably bigger than the Demogorgon. Another also pointed out the presence of the new monster in the real world could indicate the barrier between the world and the Upside Down is breaking down.
— JTE (@JTEmoviethinks) July 11, 2017
If the Redditors are right, the kids (including Eleven) will definitely need all the help they can get to take the monster down.
3. Season 2 will take place in 1984.
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) July 11, 2017
Ever since Stranger Things Season 2 cast members Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), and Mike (Finn Wolfhard) were seen in Ghostbuster costumes, it confirmed speculation that the show will be taking place in 1984.
There are, of course, things of interest that indicated Stranger Things will be doing a lot of 1984 homages in its second installment. Fans are already hoping that they’ll be seeing the first Macintosh computer, the Sony Discman, wayfarers, and other 1984 pop culture references.
4. The core gang’s new hideout will be at an arcade.
An observant fan believed that the kids in Stranger Things Season 2 will be moving away from the basement to a new hideout. Peter Scirilla for SlashFilm believes that it was only natural for the kids to hang out at an arcade, as it is a popular location for the children in the 1980s. Moreover, the arcade is reminiscent of hit 80s movies such as The Karate Kid, Tron, The Last Starfighter, and WarGames.
The fan added the most obvious sign is the very brief glimpse of an Arcade sign, which is surrounded by the same visual elements the show is known for.
5. Will will be going through a lot (again).
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Noah Schnapp, who plays Will Byers in the series, shared that his character will be having a difficult time in the show this season.
“They’ll get more into Will’s storyline and they’ll talk about how the Upside Down affected him. I have a lot of emotionally challenging scenes this year too.”
One scene from the show’s trailer also depicted Will will be the mysterious Department of Energy’s latest subject for its experiments. In that scene, Will is seen in the chair first occupied by Eleven. However, it appears that Will is okay with the experiments, as his mom Joyce (Winona Ryder) is seen beside him, probably for support.
6. Expect a horror-themed season.
Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike in the series, said there will be some “disturbing” challenges the characters will be facing. Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin, agrees and added that some of the scare factors in Season 2 will be coming from people, instead of monsters — specifically Will (Schnapp). Is it also possible that Matarazzo might be referring to more than Will’s emotional change?
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) July 11, 2017
7. Season 2 will welcome fresh blood.
The second installment of Stranger Things will feature new characters. American Odyssey actor Sadie Sink and newcomer Dacre Montgomery will play siblings Max and Billy. Wolfhard pointed out that Montgomery’s character is a bully who is “a little weird [and] disturbing,” and his antics will overshadow resident bully, Steve.
8. Eleven is returning, but much later on in the season.
It’ll be exciting to watch how the show’s breakout star saves the day in Season 2 — just like Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot.
Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is rumored to appear in episode seven titled The Secret Cabin. Given the fact that she mysteriously disappeared alongside the Demogorgon she defeated in Season 1, it was obvious that her appearances might be few and far between in Season 2. However, Chief Hopper’s tribute to the clean-shaven heroine in the Season 1 finale hinted that Eleven’s story is just beginning. Also, Brown herself said that fans will be seeing more of Eleven in several episodes.
9. The Upside Down may have affected other towns too?
Duffer shared that Stranger Things Season 2 will be focusing on other places too. According to him, the premiere episode will not take place in the small Indiana town. Duffer’s comments echo some fans’ earlier theories about the barrier between the Upside Down breaking down.
— Rebecca Lane Beittel (@RebeccaTomorrow) July 6, 2017
If this is true, people may want to start packing their bags with this checklist and camp far away from the fictional town as soon as possible.
Check out this special Stranger Things Season 2 trailer, which debuted at the 2017 Super Bowl:
With all of the details (and the mystery) surrounding Stranger Things, the Netflix series is poised to continue its reputation as a TV hit. The first season already earned a whopping 18 Emmy nominations, co-leading the awards race with HBO’s Westworld. Actress Shannon Purser, who briefly appeared on the show as supportive best friend Barb, even got an Outstanding Guest Actress nod.
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