Stranger Things is making its binge-friendly return just in time for Halloween – and in preparation for its release, the show’s co-creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, are whetting anticipation with a sneak peek at some script pages from season 2’s first episode, titled “Madmax”.
Audiences had to say goodbye to some likable characters in Stranger Things season 1 (RIP Barb), but season two hopes to fill those voids with a handful of new faces within the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana – one of whom is named Keith (played by Matty Cardarople), who works at the local arcade, and another who is named Max (played by 15-year-old Sadie Sink), who will undoubtedly brush shoulders with the show’s adolescent D&D quartet.
Set in 1984, the first page pits Will (Noah Schnapp), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) against a classic ’80s opponent: an arcade coin-op. What they discover, however, is that some mysterious competitor has beaten Dustin’s score (via Entertainment Weekly):
This inside look into the script is essentially an extension of footage from the Stranger Things season 2 San Diego Comic-Con trailer. However, what appears to be some throwaway banter regarding a game at the local arcade (which is called The Palace, a throwback to the 1983 Matthew Broderick thriller WarGames), is actually an unceremonious intro to Sadie Sink’s Max (who is hinted at only via her arcade pen name, Madmax). In an interview with ET, Sink revealed that her character is “a big tomboy” and “really tough.”
The Duffer brothers also revealed additional facts regarding the new season, saying:
“We always try to make sure that — when faced with a dilemma — our boys have different perspectives and solutions. This makes for fun conflict and helps further define their characters. The problem they’re facing in this scene is not exactly life or death: Are they willing to hook Keith up with Nancy in exchange for Mad Max’s identity? We like that Mike stands up for Nancy here; he may be a jerk to her in person, but deep down, he’s very protective of his sister. We feel this is very typical sibling behavior. Not that we would know anything about that….”
They also touch upon the wording of some camera direction within the script, explaining that there is a deeper significance to some of the phrasing:
“‘Focus our attention on Will’ is really a sign of things to come this season, as our main storyline centers on Will and his recovery. Just because Will was rescued from the Upside Down doesn’t mean he’s safe…”
The new season of Stranger Things will explore Will’s post-Upside Down changes, the whereabouts of Eleven (played by Millie Bobby Brown), and of course, #JusticeForBarb.
Stranger Things season 2 premieres October 27th on Netflix.
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