The latest word on season 2 of the hit Netflix original series Stranger Things has the next installment taking a restrained approach to depicting its new monsters. Following word that filming has officially completed on the next slate of episodes in the series created by the Duffer Brothers, fans of the surprise-hit show's first season are no doubt looking forward to everything that the next chapter will have to offer.
Already seeing fit to promise more answers in season 2 with even scarier dangers than the Demogorgon, fans of Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Gaten Matarzazzo as Dustin Henderson, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, and Noah Schnapp as Will Byers are in for even more fun. Establishing itself as a genre production that borrows thematic elements that would feel right at home in a Stephen King novel, the return of Stranger Things should provide for another thrilling horror-tinged production when the show returns this coming Halloween.
Despite building its bones on the backs of the terrifying Demogorgon in season 1, however, the latest word has season 2 of Stranger Things taking a decidedly different approach to its featured monsters. Ostensibly aiming to reel back in terms of how any lurking threats will be represented, the Duffer brothers spoke to Variety about the lengths to which they intend to downplay the creature feature elements of their hit Netflix show going forward. Ross Duffer remarked alongside his brother Matt:
"The point is not to give everyone what they think they want. Because I don’t think they really know what they want. Hiding the monsters can be more effective than seeing them, so restraint can be a good thing. I can’t talk too much about them, but they’re cool."
It's definitely interesting to think that Stranger Things season 2 will hold back when it comes to how it will reveal its monsters the second time around, and a decision to carefully reveal them bodes well to the creative integrity of the series. Unfortunately, the next chapter in the fantasy franchise will not include the return of fan favorite character Barb, as Matt explained:
"There’s no resurrecting Barb. It was really surprising how much she took off. I related to her, so I think other people did as well."
Fans of Stranger Things can now rest assured that the Duffer Brothers have a firm grasp of how to go about introducing new monsters in season 2 -- even if many will be disheartened to hear that Barb is definitely not coming back. On that note, here's to hoping for the very best as the show's return looms ever nearer.
Stranger Things season 2 will premiere on Netflix starting October 31, 2017.