Last summer, Stranger Things lit the Internet ablaze with a captivating tale about Hawkins, Indiana, a small town shrouded in mysteries and secrets. After a local boy named Will Byers goes missing, his friends set out to find him, eventually teaming with a telekinetic pre-teen and uncovering a dangerous second dimension where Will is hiding.
The ’80s-indebted sci-fi series soon became an overnight sensation, adding to Netflix’s surge in acclaimed original content. After weeks of anticipation, the streaming giant finally confirmed a second season roughly a month after the project’s July debut. Despite a release date not slated until Halloween later this year, buzz has already begun to build surrounding Stranger Things return. Its new high profile has made producers wary of leaking plot points, and they’ve been extra careful to keep details under wraps. So careful, in fact, that they turned to a megahit that knows a thing or two about hiding spoilers for advice.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Shawn Levy said they “literally consulted with the producers on Game of Thrones” to learn security protocols:
“We had no security protocols last season and we have extensive security protocols this season,” he continued. “I can’t speak about what they are because then people could crack them. We protect every story point, every page of every script.”
Filming the first season granted them relative privacy since no one knew what the series was yet, but now co-creator Ross Duffer says he’s had to cover his tracks at every step of the way, and so does the cast. “I just knew I used to throw my sides away and now they have to be burnt,” he told EW. Added Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven on Stranger Things: “Now we have a code name [for the show]. And now I have a code name! It’s this weird thing. On the call sheets our names are across it and if we lose it, we’re dead.”
Still, they haven’t been entirely silent. They’ve already revealed new characters including Bob (Sean Astin), brother-sister duo Billy and Max (Dacre Montgomery and Sadie Sink, respectively), and Dr. Owens (Paul Reiser), who now runs the lab which houses the entrance to the Upside Down, where Eleven was held. They’ve also teased a new monster (what could be worse than the Demogorgon?), and that they’ll explore more of Eleven’s backstory.
If that seems like a lot, it is, but fans are desperate for more and the wait until October is long. But consulting Game of Thrones means they must have something big in store, and if season 1 was any indication, it’ll be well worth the wait.
Stranger Things Season 2 arrives Netflix in time for Halloween, 2017.