In recent years, Netflix has become well known for its original content, from critically acclaimed dramas like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black to well regarded superhero series like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. The streaming service has also tapped into the nostalgia market with continuation series like Fuller House and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. But, one completely original series that came with a heavy dose of nostalgia was a hit in 2016: the Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things.
Mixing storytelling and aesthetic styles of John Carpenter, Steven Spielberg, and Stephen King with a wholly original science fiction tale, Stranger Things quickly won over critics and casual TV viewers alike - propelling the series to become one of the most popular shows to enter the pop culture zeitgeist last year. Now, with the first footage from Stranger Things season 2 released during the Super Bowl this past weekend, Netflix has officially continued to promote the show’s sophomore season with a batch of new photos.
EW has been teasing season 2 over the past week by releasing the first image from Stranger Things' second outing, with more recent teases of Eleven's (Millie Bobby Brown) new haircut on the magazine's cover and a photo of the gang's Ghostbusters-themed Halloween costumes. Now, a new batch of photos feature fellow Hawkins, Indiana residents Jonathan Byers (Charlie Heaton), Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer), Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder), and Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour). Take a look:
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Of course, season 1 of Stranger Things followed a group of kids from Hawkins - Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo), and Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin) - as they looked for their missing friend, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp). However, they stumbled upon Eleven, a mysterious girl with telekinetic powers, and the Demogorgon from a different dimension they dubbed the Upside Down. Season 1 ended with the Demogorgon seemingly defeated and Will returned to his family, but Eleven had disappeared and Will wasn't quite the same.
Of course, despite all the teases being released by Netflix between the first promo and these new images, much about Stranger Things season 2 remains a mystery. We know the series will pick up nearly a year after the events of season 1 - based on both the costumes and the second season's release date, it'll take place around Halloween. Additionally, we know Brown is returning as Eleven, so the mystery of her disappearance will presumably be solved. Plus, Netflix released the episode titles for all nine episodes, which were able to tell us a little bit about Stranger Things season 2.
Still, it's likely we won't learn too much about the second season of the Duffer Brothers' hit Netflix series until much closer to its release date - which is more than 10 months away. That said, part of the enjoyment of Stranger Things has been the theories discussed among fans since season 1 debuted. So, each new season 2 tease offers new opportunities for fans to debate what to expect from Stranger Things when it returns later this year.
Stranger Things season 1 is available on Netflix in its entirety; season 2 arrives in time for Halloween, 2017.