Last summer, Netflix released Stranger Things, an original series that combined ’80s nostalgia with a wholly original science-fiction storyline. Inspired by the works of Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, and John Carpenter, Stranger Things season 1 followed a group of kids in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, as they dealt with the disappearance of their friend Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) – in the process stumbling upon a girl with telekinetic powers named Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and a monster they dubbed the Demogorgon. The first season was a hit among critics and casual TV viewers alike, prompting conversations about whether Netflix would renew Stranger Things for a second season.
Then in late August, Netflix announced season 2 of Stranger Things in a video with a combination of words that fans quickly worked out were the episode titles for the show’s second outing. Although the Stranger Things season 2 episode titles didn’t explain much about what fans could expect, they did offer some insight. Now, however, Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer reveal those episode titles will likely change before season 2 hits Netflix later this year.
EW has covered plenty about season 2 of Stranger Things over the past week, revealing the first image of the kids dressed up as Ghostbusters and publishing interviews with the cast that tease more monsters to come. In an interview with the Duffer Brothers, though, they spoke about the season 2 episode titles. Ross Duffer said of the initial annoucement video, “At that point, we knew everything major that was going to happen moving into season 2.” Matt Duffer additionally confirmed some of the titles will change:
“Some of them are changing. Some of them we didn’t put because these people are smart on the f—ing internet. You’ve seen it with Westworld — they figured it out! I’ve seen videos analyzing the chapter titles and they’re right on a lot.”
For reference, the episode titles revealed in the season 2 annoucement video were ‘Madmax’, ‘The Boy Who Came Back to Life’, ‘The Pumpkin Patch’, ‘The Palace’, ‘The Storm’, ‘The Pollywog’, ‘The Secret Cabin’, ‘The Brain’, and ‘The Lost Brother’. As we theorized at the time, the first title likely refers to the new character named Max – played by Sadie Sink (American Odyssey) – who will join Stranger Things in season 2. Fellow new characters include Max’s older brother Billy (Dacre Montgomery, Power Rangers), Bob (Sean Astin, Lord of the Rings), Roman (Linnea Berthelsen), and Dr. Owen (Paul Reiser, Aliens).
These new characters will join the residents of Hawkins, Indiana, who appeared in season 1: Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Nancy (Natalia Dyer), Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), Steve (Joe Keery), Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder), and police Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour). Of course, while we don’t know the exact plot of season 2, members of the cast have teased that Will will be dealing with the effects of having been stuck in the alternate dimension, the Upside Down, during season 1. Plus, given Eleven’s mysterious disappearance in the season 1 finale, it’s likely season 2 will additionally reveal what happened – and what’s next for her.
That said, with Stranger Things season 2 not set to debut on Netflix until Halloween, it’s likely we won’t learn more until closer to the release date. With the season 2 episode titles set to change – presumably to keep certain plot points secret from fans, as Matt Duffer indicates – we may not learn the real episode breakdowns until the weeks leading up to release. Until then, fans will have the initial batch of photos and the Super Bowl promo to analyze for clues about what to expect from Stranger Things season 2.
Stranger Things season 1 is available on Netflix in its entirety; season 2 arrives in time for Halloween, 2017.