There's plenty of hype for Stranger Things season 2, after the first season proved to be a breakout hit for Netflix. Here’s everything you need to know about Stranger Things 2, including the release date, trailers, cast, episode titles, news, and the fate of Eleven.
Stranger Things Season 2 News – The latest news
Actor David Harbour, who plays Hawkins police chief Jim Hopper, has spoken to TVGuide about the second season, promising an exciting season and a very different Chief Hopper this time around.
He said: "I got the script for the first episode of Season 2 and within the first five minutes I was on my feet going like, 'Yes! Yes! If we do our jobs, I feel like we have a really exciting season ahead of us."
The actor also revealed that Chief Hopper would be a different man in season 2, and although he wouldn't give away any details, he did reveal that Hopper's story this time would be "rich" and "compelling."
Elsewhere, following the first real trailer for the second season, aired during the Superbowl, Netflix has dropped a load of new images for the upcoming season. One of the new shots shows new character Max (Sadie Sink) alongside a rather concerned-looking Winona Ryder who's obviously witnessed some sort of Upside Down-based symptom occur in her son. Other images give us a look at the rest of the cast in action, including David Harbour's Chief Hopper seemingly discovering something gruesome. No big revelations here, but much in the way of anticipation-building.
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Stranger Things Season 2 Release Date – When does Stranger Things Season 2 air?
It's official – Season 2 of Stranger Things will arrive on Halloween 2017. The news was confirmed in the first trailer for the upcoming season, though it remains unclear whether the new episodes will arrive bang on October 31, or around that time. We're sure Netflix will clairfy soon, though.
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Stranger Things Season 2 Episodes
Curiously, we already have episode titles for Stranger Things Season 2, despite still not having official air dates.
Director and creator Matt Duffer says the titles were released “to provide some hint of where we were going in season two without giving anything away”. But he also said that some of them would be changed later on because there were some things “we didn’t want to put on there because we felt like it would give too much away”.
In any case, the release confirms that there’ll be nine episodes in the next season, which is one more than the first season – huzzah! Here’s the full Stranger Things Season 2 episode list:
- Episode 1 – “Madmax”
- Episode 2 – “The Boy Who Came Back to Life”
- Episode 3 – “The Pumpkin Patch”
- Episode 4 – “The Palace”
- Episode 5 – “The Storm”
- Episode 6 – “The Pollywog”
- Episode 7 – “The Secret Cabin”
- Episode 8 – “The Brain”
- Episode 9 – “The Lost Brother”
Stranger Things Season 2 Trailers
Until February this year, all we'd had in the way of trailers was a brief teaser that revealed the second season's episode titles. Well now, courtesy of a Superbowl LI spot, we've finally been treated to our first real look at Stranger Things season 2.
There's a whole lot to get excited about here, as the clip once again confirms the return of Eleven, who seemingly met her demise at the hands of the Demogorgon last season. It also looks like Will and the gang, who appear here in suitably nostalgic Ghostbusters costumes, will have something far more terrifying than the Demogorgon to grapple with this time around – something that looks like a mix between a giant spider and the aliens from Arrival.
There's tonnes of other stuff in the clip which has us excited for Stranger Things round 2, including a release date. Season 2 will be arriving on Halloween this year. So, only nine months to wait then...
Prior to the first trailer dropping, Netflix released this minute-long clip on its official YouTube channel, teasing upcoming episodes from the show:
Stranger Things Season 2 Cast
Most of the first season’s cast members will be returning, including:
- Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers
- David Harbour as Chief Jim Hopper
- Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler
- Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven
- Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson
- Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair
- Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler
- Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers
- Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler
- Noah Schnapp as Will Byers
We’re also getting some new characters in the next season too:
Sean Astin as Bob Newby: Tolkien aficionados will recall that Astin famously played the role of Samwise Gamgee, accomplished Shire gardener and whipping boy of perma-angsty Hobbit Frodo Baggins, in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Netflix says Bob Newby is: “A kindhearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Hopper (David Harbour), and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack."
ET Online bagged some time with creator Ross Duffer at the recent Producers Guild Awards, who said: “Sean Astin is a force. He’s gonna surprise. He’s just an incredible actor and he blows us away every day on set.” Talking about Astin’s character, Bob, executive producer Shawn Levy said: “Bob is new to our weird Hawkins group, but he’s immediately memorable and I think people are going to be very surprised by where that takes them this year."
Linnea Berthelsen as Roman: A relatively unknown Danish actress, Linnea has featured in a smattering of shorts and mini-series – looks like Stranger Things could be her big break. Netflix says Roman is: “An emotionally damaged, magnetic young woman who suffered a great loss as a child. Although she does not live in Hawkins, she is mysteriously connected to the supernatural events at the lab."
Brett Gelman as Murray Bauman: Gelman is an actor and comedian who’s featured in Adult Swim’s Eaglehart, Go On, and Another Period, though UK viewers might know him better as Martin from BBC Three’s Fleabag. Netflix says Murray Bauman is: “A disgraced journalist turned conspiracy theorist who is investigating a cold case in Hawkins”.
Paul Reiser as Dr Owens: Best known for his role in 90s sitcom Mad About You, Reiser is a successful actor and stand-up comedian, who will be used to strange things, thanks to his work on the Aliens movie. Netflix says Dr Owens is: “A high-ranking member with the Department of Energy on a ‘clean-up’ assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year.”
Sadie Sink as Max: Despite being just 14 years old, Sadie Sink has already appeared on Broadway (Annie, The Audience) and has acted in a bunch of different TV dramas, including American Odyssey and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Netflix says Max is: “A tough and confident girl whose appearance, behaviour and pursuits seem more typical of boys than of girls in this era. She has a complicated history and is generally suspicious of those around her.”
Dacre Montgomery as Billy: Montgomery is a 22-year-old actor from Perth, Australia, probably best known for his upcoming role as the Red Ranger in the 2017 Power Rangers movie. Netflix says Billy is: “Max’s hyper-confident, and edgy older step-brother. He steals girlfriends away from their boyfriends, is great at drinking games, and drives a black Camaro. But lurking under his apparent charisma, is a violent and unpredictable nature."
Stranger Things Season 2 Storyline – What happens next?
When we left Stranger Things last year, Will had been saved from the Upside Down and Eleven had disappeared, seemingly for good. So what now?
Director Shawn Levy says: “Will Byers was in that Upside Down for a while. So Season 2 is about this determined desire to return to normalcy in Hawkins, in the Byers family, in that group of friends, and it’s the struggle to reclaim normalcy and maybe the impossibility of it.”
And show creator Matt Duffer said that the series will “venture a little bit outside of Hawkins”, adding: “I will say the opening scene does not take place in Hawkins.”
The Upside Down will definitely be returning too, with Duffer explaining that they “definitely want to explore a little bit more [of the Upside Down]”, saying: “We really don’t go in there much until they go in to find Will at the end. So we’ve opened up this doorway, and to us it’s exciting to talk about, like, what else is behind there.”
We also know Stranger Things Season 2 will be set a year later than the first season, moving into 1984. Duffer told IGN this was simply because the child actors were getting older in real life: “As much as I would love to have it be Christmas right after that, it’s just not feasible, so we’re going to skip a year. They’ll be a year older and all their changes they’re going through, we’ll take that into account and kind of work that into the show."
Stranger Things Season 2 – What’s up with Will?
Despite being a main character, Will spent most of his time off-camera, trapped in the Upside Down. Now he’s finally free, but he’s chundering slugs – which is never good.
Stranger Things co-creator Ross Duffer has this to say: “Will’s been [in the Upside Down] for an entire week and it’s had some kind of effect on him, both emotionally and perhaps physically. The idea is he’s escaped this nightmare place, but has he really? That’s a place we wanted to go and potentially explore in season two. What effect does living in there for a week have on him.”
And Noah Schnapps, who plays Will, offers an even more grim perspective: “You’ll be seeing more of me. I’ll be there. In the last episode, I threw up a slug, so Season 2 begins with what happens from there. There may have been some effect on him. I may or may not have turned into a monster. You’ll have to watch to find out."
So the answer is that there’s something very wrong with Will, and it’s likely going to be a central plot piece in the next season.
Stranger Things Season 2 – Is Eleven dead or alive?
At the end of the first season, the fate of Eleven was left fairly ambiguous. But fans of everyone’s favourite psychokinetic pre-teen killing machine will be glad to hear that Eleven’s return for season two is now guaranteed:
Still, it’s not exactly clear how El will make her comeback. Last season, we saw her sacrificing herself to do away with the demogorgon. But one month later, we see Chief Hopper leaving Eggo waffles in the woods – Eleven’s favourite treat, if you’d forgotten. Maybe Eleven isn’t as vapourised as we thought.
Alternatively, Eleven may return in some kind of spirit form. Speaking to The Mirror, David Harbour (Hopper) confirmed that the waffles were for Eleven, and said “He’s got this box out in the woods where he gives her food. He may understand that Eleven exists in some form.”
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Stranger Things Season 2 – Is Barb coming back?
Who could forget Barb? A beacon of morality and common sense – and an inimitable '80s style icon – Barb’s short-lived stint on Stranger Things felt bittersweet thanks to her untimely death – after a mere three episodes.
The bad news for Barb fans the world over is that she’s definitely, absolutely, 100% dead. Barb won’t be back in season two, but don’t let that stop you flaunting your #Justice4Barb tee in public. She lives on in our hearts.
Speaking about Barb’s possible return, Duffer told IGN: “I can’t see it happening. But Barb will not be forgotten. We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb. People get very frustrated, understandably, that the town doesn’t seem to be really dealing with Barb. That stuff is all happening. We’re just not spending any screen time on it. It’s not like her parents are like ‘Oh Barb left. She died!’ Season one actually takes place over the course of six or seven days – it’s a really short period of time. So part of what we want to do with season two is to explore the repercussions of everything that happened.”
Maybe this well help soothe your aching heart:
Stranger Things Season 2 Images
Filming kicked off back on November 8, 2016, so it’s no surprise that set shots are already turning up. We’ve had a glimpse of what’s alleged to be the new set (via Reddit), which you can check out here:
We’ve also had this upside-down picture of the cast from the official Stranger Things Twitter account, captioned with “back in production”. Spooky:
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What would you like to see from Stranger Things Season 2? Let us know in the comments.