It’s almost time for Stranger Things season 2, as Halloween 2017 approaches, so here’s everything you need to know about when Stranger Things starts again, including its release date, trailers, cast, episode titles, news – and rumours about the fate of Eleven.
Stranger Things Season 2 – Latest trailers and news
Update (September 19, 2017): The latest on Stranger Things Season 2 is about Eleven. Teen actress Millie Bobby Brown has spoken to Deadline about the return of her character, saying the new season is “deeper and darker”. Though Eleven was seemingly killed off at the end of last season, it seems the telekinetic pre-teen will be back in a big way for the second round. Here’s what Bobby Brown had to say:
“I am very excited to be back with my family again. Honestly, I’m really excited for everyone to see it. It’s so much deeper and darker than last year, but I’m very excited for you to watch it. It’s also great because it’s Netflix, so you get to do it in one go, which is my favourite thing in the world.”
And speaking about fan theories, the actress said she has read some predictions for the second season that might just be on the money: “It’s very interesting to hear their theories, and sometimes I’m like, “OK.” Sometimes, they’re right, and I send it to the directors. I’m like, “Wow, you should sort this out.””
Here’s the latest trailer for the show:
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Stranger Things Season 2 – What to expect
In May, the cast of Stranger Things revealed more about the upcoming season, teasing a darker overall tone and generally scary-sounding season.
Some new challenges
Mike Wheeler actor, Finn Wolfhard, told Emmy Magazine: “There are going to be some challenges the characters face that are real, that are disturbing.
“This season will be a lot more dark, a lot more horror-oriented. I think people are going to like it better than the first season.”
And speaking about Will Byers, the character that went missing last season, Dustin actor, Gaten Matarazzo, said: “I think they’re all very emotionally scarred. They feel a little bad because their best friend is back and he’s not acting like their best friend anymore. He’s changed.”
Fresh faces joining the cast
Elsewhere, Nashville star Will Chase has been brought on-board for season 2, and is said to be taking on a “pivotal” role, according to TVLine.
The actor is expected to play the father of a family who move from California to Hawkins, Indiana. The Neil Mayfield character could be the father of Max and Billy, played by Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery, who are both said to be new students at the school in Hawkins.
Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin, and Mad About You‘s Paul Reiser will also be joining the cast for season 2.
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In April, actor David Harbour, who plays Chief Hopper in the show, spoke about the second season of Stranger Things. As The Independent reported, Harbour took part in an Ask Me Anything on Mogul, revealing a few details about his character arc.
The actor said the first episode will be “fun and dark and complex,” before saying that fans should be particularly excited about episodes four and five, which are evidently “pretty epic” while “the tension is so high.”
He added: “They’re killer, but I haven’t even seen eight and nine yet, and they’ll likely be even better.”
On his character, the actor said: “He saved Will and has found a renewed interest in life. So his arc for season two in my mind becomes more about butting up against the places where his hero fantasy can’t take him.
“The places where that hero complex may force him to make the wrong decisions. It’s a satisfying, completely different journey in season two.”
A familiar feeling
At the beginning of April, Stranger Things cinematographer, Tim Ives, posted a photo of his set chair with some woods in the background, along with the following caption:
“My on set chair back against familiar woods. We start filming the final 2 episodes of season 2 tomorrow. Super stoked and melancholy at the same time.”
It seems the Stranger Things gang will be returning to the forest near Mirkwood Road for the second season, then – though just what for remains a mystery at this point.
Elsewhere, the Netflix bosses spoke about the first episode of the first season, and it sounds like it’s going to be as amazing as we all hoped. Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos are pretty excited about the whole thing judging by their comments. They would be, of course, but it sounds like the Netflix execs are genuinely pleased with what they saw.
Sarandos told NME: “I have just seen the first episode of season two. It’s fantastic – it delivers on everything that every fan wants.”
Hastings said: “We have a sense that it’s going to be really big. The reaction and momentum in Netflix internally is building.”
Hmm, sounds big…
Elsewhere, 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.”
Even more of the Upside Down
And it seems we’ll be seeing a lot more of the Upside Down in Season 2, according to composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein. The pair, who score the Netflix show, spoke at the South by Southwest festival earlier this year, hinting at what’s to come this time around.
Dixon said: “There are new characters, fun, and the Upside Down will be more of a place… you’ll spend more time. So we’ll make a lot more weird music this time around.”
That certainly seems to match with what co-creator Matt Duffer has previously said about the show’s second season. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he said: ‘[Will] seems to be seeing images from the Upside Down – the question is whether they’re real or not. So it seems like he’s having some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder.”
More time in the Upside Down could mean the second season will be a decidedly more creepy affair than the first one.
Stranger Things Season 2 Release Date – When does Stranger Things Season 2 air?
We’ve known for a while that the most anticipated Netflix original of 2017, Stranger Things Season 2, will arrive around Halloween. Now the streaming giant has served up the premiere date along with a new teaser trailer.
We’ll be returning to Hawkins, Indiana on October 27 2017, meaning die-hard fans will have blitzed through the season in plenty of time to plan their themed costume for All Hallow’s Even.
The announcement came on Tuesday, via the Stranger Things Twitter account. It was accompanied by a new teaser trailer announcing that “In 1984… only gets… stranger,” showing the four BMX-wielding youngsters ride past a “Welcome to Hawkins” sign, directly towards a lightning storm and an eerily red sky.
Some doors can’t be closed, the tweet proclaims.
It’s hard to tell for sure, but the trailer appears to show Mike, Lucas and Will, with Dustin bringing up the rear. So where’s Eleven?
Also on Tuesday we got an absolutely incredible new poster, which were going to hunt down and frame as soon as we’ve finished editing this post. Check it out below:
Stranger Things Season 2 Episodes
Curiously, we already have episode titles for Stranger Things Season 2.
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
Netflix provided us with a new Stranger Things trailer in July, showing the Upside Down seemingly seeping over into the real world and an undeniably cool use of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
Here’s the trailer, which launched at Comic-Con 2017.
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, come Super bowl LI, we were 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. We now know Season 2 will be arriving on October 27 this year. So, only three 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
- Will Chase as Neil Mayfield
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 vaporised 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.”
We’re as confused as you.
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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
Following the first real trailer for the second season, aired during the Superbowl, Netflix 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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Filming kicked off back on November 8, 2016, and set shots quickly followed. We’ve had a glimpse of what’s alleged to be the new set (via Reddit), which you can check out here:
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