Okay, so the Stranger Things hype has been going strong since last summer, and now that Netflix released an official Season 2 teaser, it doesn't seem like that's going away anytime soon. No problem with that here. Stranger Things is one of the greatest shows to grace Netflix's original lineup, Joyce Byers is a boss, the kids are super dope and braver than all us grownups, and '80s vibes give us life.
So with that, let's dive into what we know about the upcoming season (releasing on Halloween to really up the spook factor).
1. The Plot Is Revealed!
The show picks up about a year after we last saw the denizens of Hawkins, and things *seem* like they're back to normal. Brother-sister duo Mike and Nancy are dealing with the losses of Eleven and Barb (remember Eleven lived with Mike... and Nancy was basically just a bad friend to Barb). Will is having flashes of the Upside Down and seems to be having PTSD. Um, who wouldn't?
Joyce is trying to bring some stability, a real dad-like figure, into Will and Jonathan's lives, and Hopper is keeping the events of the previous year under wraps. He seems to be the authority in Hawkins, so he's struggling with having to lie to the town about what *exactly* happened with the monster... and Will, the government, Eleven, Barb, etc. Dustin, aka Toothless, gets a weird, other-dimension pet, and the introduction of some exciting and terrible characters will shake things up a bit.
2.. There Is a (Giant) Monster
We're all familiar with the slimy/horrifying monster from Season 1, the Demogorgon. Since that one was defeated, it leaves a little room to grow in that area, if you know what I mean. At the very end of the first season, Dustin, Lucas, Will and Mike gathered around and defeated the Thessalhydra in a totally fun and chill game of Dungeons & Dragons. Could that have been a bit of foreshadowing for this spider-like monster seen in the new promo? Maybe.
Regardless of what this monster is actually called, it's huge and gross and seriously reminds me of those tripods in War of the Worlds.
3. Will Byers Is Presumably *Not* Okay
Remember at the end of the season, after sweet little Will is returned home and chillin' with his fam? Then he goes to the bathroom and has a flash of the Upside Down and coughs up a slug-like thing? Okay, so that was spooky. And there's a tiny bit of photo evidence in the trailer to alert us that the poor child is still struggling.
So here's to hoping that A) sweet Will is okay and not being haunted by monsters, and B) those people performing the tests aren't Evil Government Folk.
Worth noting: The show will take place around Halloween in 1984. Double Halloween = double the scares.
4. Barb Is Still Dead, But Eleven Is Definitely Back
At the end of the first season, Barb looked like she'd been chewed up and spit out by the monster. Some thought Barb might make a miraculous comeback, but it seems when you die in the Upside Down, you stay dead. We love you, Barb!
On the flip side, however, Eleven will definitely be back for more in Season 2. It was announced back in November that she is returning to the show, but we aren't sure what her role will look like. Hopefully there will be a very tearful and wonderful reunion with her bros. Based on that very guttural and emotional cry for Eleven in the trailer, it seems like we might get just that.
5. That First Mysterious Trailer Is All the Episode Titles
Madmax. The Boy Who Came Back to Life. The Pumpkin Patch. The Palace. The Storm. The Pollywog. The Secret Cabin. The Brain. The Lost Brother.
Okay, what do these mean!?? I have a hunch "The Storm" has something to do with that giant monster, and maybe it's hiding out in a giant pumpkin patch outside the quaint town of Hawkins.
6. New Characters!
One of the best things about a show hitting its second season is the introduction of new characters. Sadie Sink of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will play Max, a tough girl around the boys' age, who prefers to ride a skateboard over bicycles. Dacre Montgomery, who appears in the upcoming Power Rangers film, will play Max's older brother, Billy. He is rumored to be very buff and also a little violent.
And for any '80s film nerds out there, the addition of Sean Astin (The Goonies) and Paul Reiser (Aliens) might have you feeling a little giddy. Astin will play Joyce Byers' new boo while Reiser will play Dr. Owens, a "higher-up" in the Department of Energy. My guess is he is a bad guy.
7. There Will Be a Lot More of the Upside Down
Based purely on the amount of upside-down text the official Stranger Things Twitter account has used, it seems like the Upside Down will play a larger role this season. Or at least we'll get more details on how the Upside Down works. (Bonus: We got a glimpse of all our fave characters who are returning.)
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A lot of lingering questions from Season 1 deal with the spooky, gray world, and now we might find out what exactly it all means. Like, where do those monsters come from? How does one close the door to the Upside Down *for good*? Does the sun literally never shine there? Ugh.
Does no one else want to know if there is a link between the boys' Dungeons & Dragons game and all the chaos in Hawkins? Regardless, Season 2 is going to be a serious delight. In the meantime, you can find me digging around the depths of the web, reading fan theories about what those episode titles mean.