After the overwhelming success of Season 1 of Stranger Things, much has been speculated about the new upcoming Season 2. We’ve been getting bits and pieces of information here and there from teasers and press releases, but everyone got one step closer in learning more about the story and the characters that will be running around Hawkins in the upcoming new season at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.
Screen Rant got a chance to talk with the Duffer Brothers, director/executive producer Shawn Levy, and actors Paul Reiser, Dacre Montgomery, and Natalia Dyer about what to expect from the characters and story in Season 2 of Stranger Things.
You guys have said that you don’t want to overstay your welcome. I was really curious to see if you guys had a point in which you know when you want to end the series eventually.
DUFFER BROTHERS: We are getting there. We are really laying down the groundworks where we want to go with the rest of the series this year and I don’t know. Well, the main thing with us is just to stay excited about it every year and I don’t want it into a machine where we are just turning out seasons for fans. I want every season to be special in its own way and so we’ll see when we break 3 how far we think we can go. Hopefully people still want more. That’s the feeling we want. Yeah. That’s the goal.
When you read a lot of the scripts this season, what character did you find most intriguing besides your own?
PAUL REISER: The great thing about this show is that there is not a weak link. Every character and every actor, these kids are so crazy talented. It’s kind of stunning to watch and they are cool. They are not jaded kid actors. They are just kids, but they are unbelievably talented so there is not a weak link. There is not a character in there that is not fun to watch.
Stranger Things Season 2. Tell me a little rundown about your character.
DACRE MONTGOMERY: He’s a bit of an antagonist to be honest. The reference from these boys over here - the Duffer Brothers - was kind of like Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Somebody with an unpredictable nature. Somebody who sort of unnerves the audience. A bit of spice placed in this amazing recipe that has been so tasty and has been so successful. He blows through town. He comes from out of town from California. He ruffles a few feathers and I think that sums him up without giving too much away.
Last year I was at this convention I binge watched, as I was working, binge watched all of Stranger Things. Are you a little surprised about how the audience has been so receptive? Because it is an amazing show with an amazing concept.
NATALIA DYER: Thank you. Yeah. It’s hard to go into making something and be like people are going to binge watch this. We really had no idea what I guess we were getting ourselves into. But when you are making it, we all liked each other. We all liked what we were making. We thought it was cool. I know I read the script and thought this is special. This is well written. This is an amazing story. Maybe we can hope people will like it? And to see how much people like it and how they’ve responded to it has been the most amazing, gratifying, validating feeling ever. So it’s been crazy. It’s been amazing.
Barb was a huge fan favorite of last year. Is there a Barb-esque characters that fans will attach to?
SHAWN LEVY: Yes. It’s Sean Astin. Yeah. Sean Astin as Bob is going to be, I’m saying it, but he’s kind of going to be the Barb of Season 2. His part is substantially bigger. He’s in a lot of episodes. He is magnificent. And one thing the Duffers do really well is when they see what an actor is capable of, they write to that. They don’t make the actor play what’s on the page. They often change what’s on the page to exploit everything that’s unique about that actor. They did it with Steve Harrington last season and this season again and they did it big time with Sean Astin who as Bob I think is going to be a Barb level fan favorite.
Stranger Things 2 premieres on Netflix October 27, 2017.