Stranger Things season 2 has confirmed its premiere date and, as previously stated, it will return to Netflix in time for Halloween. It’s only been a year since Stranger Things made its debut on the streaming service, but such is the anticipation for more, that it feels as though we’ve been waiting for Stranger Things season 2 for a very long time. Thankfully, the wait is almost over, with Netflix confirming via its social media platforms that we will return to Hawkins, Indiana, on October 27th, 2017.
In a poster and a short teaser (see below), the show teased that 1984 is about to get stranger. The teaser doesn’t give away anything, but it does show three boys cycling down a long road, with a sign saying ‘Welcome to Hawkins.’ The shot then widens to show a fourth kid coming up behind them. Presumably this is Will Byers, back from his time in the Upside Down, racing to catch up to Mike, Lucas and Dustin. There’s no sign of Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown, but we do know that she’s returning, and when season 2 ended, she was living rough in the forest.
Stranger Things season 2 picks up about a year after the end of season 1. Will is back in the family fold, and back in his friendship circle, too. The boys are dressing as Ghostbusters for Halloween, something that is sure to strike a chord with many adults now into their late thirties or early forties. There’s a cover-up operation underway in Hawkins, as Sheriff Hopper tries to pass over the very existence of the Upside Down. However, that’s not going to be entirely possible, since Will seems to have brought the Upside Down back with him, and the last time we saw him, he was vomiting slugs. In fact, the whole episode has really taken its toll on Will, who is struggling to readjust. The pressure of the cover up is getting to Hopper, who is trying his best to protect Will and Joyce. Elsewhere, Mike and Nancy are mourning the apparent loss of their friends, Eleven and Barb, respectively. While Barb really is dead and gone, Mike is in for a shock when he realizes that Eleven is still in Hawkins.
Season 2 also promises more horror, possibly in the form of new monsters since the rift to the Upside Down is still open, as well as a much-needed explanation of Eleven’s backstory. While there’s a new organization in charge up at the lab, they’re still shady and not very open about their practices, but it’s reasonable to expect they know about how and why Eleven came to be. There’s also new characters to look forward to this season; The Goonies‘ Sean Astin plays Bob, who is dating Joyce. Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers) and Sadie Sink, play Billy and Max, respectively, who will join the other kids at school.
While showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer aren’t giving too much away, there’s still an awful lot to look forward to when Stranger Things 2 arrives on Netflix – not least the chance to reminisce over all that was great about the eighties.
Stranger Things season 2 arrives on Netflix on October 27th.
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