More information about Stranger Things season 2 is coming out of the woodwork with a new interview with one of its young stars Gaten Matarazzo, who plays the lovable Dustin in the series.
When the Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things made its debut on Netflix in 2016, audiences were enamored by the talented cast of kids — Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, and Caleb McLaughlin — playing Mike Wheeler, the mysterious Eleven, Dustin Henderson, and Lucas Sinclair, along with the equally talented Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers and David Harbour as police chief Jim Hopper.
Now, in a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Matarazzo is dropping some tidbits about the upcoming second season, which is slated to arrive on Netflix, fittingly, on Halloween, October 31, 2017. Here is what Matarazzo had to say about the new season and what fans can look forward to:
“…[A] good amount of explanation that they’ve been looking for, but also there are some new stories coming in that you’re gonna want to hear about if there is a Season 3. Also, we got another cliffhanger in there for ya, so that’s gonna be exciting.”
While it’s certainly not groundbreaking information (the cast and creators have been very quiet about specific pilot details so far), it’s interesting to learn that next season will also involve a cliffhanger. Perhaps it will be similar to how the first season ended, with Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) secretly throwing up an Upside Down slug in the bathroom and returning to Christmas Eve dinner with his mother and brother with no qualms about his lingering problems.
So far, we know that season 2 will be more horror-oriented and will take place around Halloween time during the fall of 1984, about a year after Will was pulled from the Upside Down and Eleven defeated the Demogorgon and seemingly disappearing along with it. The town of Hawkins will be attempting to return to some kind of normalcy as Will deals with PTSD from his time in the Upside Down while his mother Joyce is dating her old classmate Bob Newby, who runs the local Radio Shack and is played by Sean Astin from The Lord of the Rings (which makes all the Tolkien references in the first season even more satisfying). Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer) and her brother Mike will still be dealing with the losses of Barb and Eleven (even though it’s confirmed that Eleven is still alive), and Hopper will be dealing with the weight of having to cover up the events of last season in order to protect Joyce and Will.
We also know from the first trailer that was released during the Super Bowl LI that the second seasons new monster is going to make the Demogorgon look like a walk in the park.
Stranger Things season 2 premieres October 31, 2017 on Netflix.