Stranger Things season 2 is set to have some surprises in store, and fans might not like all of them. Stranger Things season one was a massive hit for Netflix, seemingly coming out of nowhere and becoming essential water cooler talk within days. From the fate of Barb, to what exactly was contained in the Upside Down, everyone wanted and needed to know more about this sci-fi homage to the eighties and its stand out cast.
Season two is set to air this Fall, and as with all series that enjoy a successful first season, there comes a lot of pressure to deliver what the fans both want and expect in terms of quality and plotlines. However, what fans go in wanting from the season may not be what they get – for the better, according to one of the show’s chief architects.
In a Facebook Live session with THR, Stranger Things producer (and occasional director) Shawn Levy discussed what’s to come in season two, and stressed that fans might not like everything on the menu, but that it will ultimately pay off:
“We are going to do things that fans will be disappointed in but I think they will be more satisfied by… I’ll give one example that I’ve been asked about a hundred times which is people still think Barb’s alive. Because you think you want that but you wouldn’t really want that.”
Referring to Barb, Levy confirms what has indeed been confirmed many timed before by showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer, which is that Shannon Purser will not return as Barb in any form at all. However, there’s still a number of things that could happen that fans might not like at first. Levy also once again confirmed that season 2 is much darker and scarier, and that could potentially mean bad things happening to some of our favorite characters, or even good characters making bad decisions or acting out of turn.
Ultimately, though, Stranger Things season 2 has an enormous pressure on it to equal or better the success of season one, and to do that, the show will need to take risks. The show will once again reunite its child stars; Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, and Caleb McLaughlin. The second season will focus on Will’s adjustment to life in reality again, after spending so long in the Upside Down. All is still not right with the town of Hawkins, though, and while Eleven is wandering somewhere in the forest, a new company has taken over the Lab, though their intent is still not necessarily honorable. Will is certainly struggling with getting back to everyday life, and the Duffer brothers also previously teased that something happens to Will in the first few episodes that is “very, very disturbing.” Could that be something the fans won’t enjoy?
Stranger Things season 1 is available on Netflix now. Season 2 arrives this Halloween.
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