[SPOILERS for Stranger Things season 1 ahead.]
The first season of Netflix's original series, Stranger Things, won over viewers with its mix of '80s nostalgia, obvious inspiration from Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and Stephen King, as well as its kid-focused adventure in the vein of ET and The Goonies. Season 1 of Stranger Things followed the town of Hawkins, Indiana, as they searched for the missing Will Byers - led by Chief Hopper (David Harbour) and Will's mother Joyce (Winona Ryder). Meanwhile, Will's friends Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) met a mysterious girl named Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown).
The series became one of Netflix's most popular series, so the recent announcement that the streaming service had renewed Stranger Things for season 2 came as little surprise. The video announcement also revealed season 2 will pick up in the fall of 1984 - roughly a year after season 1 - and unveiled all nine of the episode titles. Now, a new casting report for Stranger Things may offer insight into the season 2 premiere episode title.
TVLine is reporting Stranger Things creators/showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer will be introducing three new characters, including a 12-14 year-old female by the name of Max who is “tough and confident” and whose “appearance, behavior, and pursuits seem more typical of boys than of girls in this era.” Additionally, rather than follow the trend at the time of riding bicycles, Max skateboards as her primary mode of transportation.
As for the other two characters, one is Max's older brother Billy, who drives a Camaro and is “very muscular and hyper-confident.” The second is a “thirtysomething gender-neutral” character named Roman who “suffered a great loss at an early age and has been seeking revenge ever since.” All three characters are expected to be series regulars in season 2, which is set to premiere in 2017.
The casting of Max - if that is character's name in season 2 rather than a placeholder used for casting notices - likely ties into the season 2 premiere, which is titled 'Madmax' according to the recently revealed announcement video. It's possibly Max will become a part of Mike, Lucas, Dustin, and Will's friend group - potentially filling the void left by Eleven, who seemingly disappeared or died at the end of season 1.
According to Ross Duffer, it's still unclear whether Eleven will return for season 2; he said, "We don’t know about Eleven. We leave that up in the air." But, whether he's referring to the season 1 finale (which did include a hint that Eleven may still be alive somewhere) or season 2 remains to be seen. Still, fans will likely be excited as the Duffer brothers move forward with the process of creating season 2 since it means more episodes of Stranger Things are on the way.
Stranger Things season 2 premieres on Netflix in summer 2017.