Stranger Things Season 2 Promos Reference the Attack on Barb [Updated]

Stranger Things Barb

The door is still open.

— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) July 20, 2017

[UPDATE: Another brief Stranger Things season 2 promo has been released online - check it out, above!]


A new promo for the second season of Stranger Things hints at justice for Barb and the aftermath of season one. Stranger Things arrived with little fanfare last year only to quickly emerge as one of the most talked-about series in years. Thanks to its tonal and cinematic homages, its brilliant music, and a crop of strong young actors, the new season of the series is one of 2017's most hotly anticipated. That said, there's almost as much mystery surrounding the upcoming season as there was this time last year.

Thanks to some images and promos, we have a loose idea of how things will look and feel. We also know some new characters will be arriving. Other than that, the story is up in the air with only hints that the series will be both darker and crazier this season than last. Presumably, much of that will come from the new status quo of the series. While the characters last season were operating under the belief that they lived in a world much like our own, the emergence of Eleven, the Demogorgon, and the Upside Down mean the story will be starting from a very different place.

The Stranger Things Twitter has posted a brief new promo for the second season, teasing the aftermath of season one. Along with the ominous tagline of "Nothing ever went back to normal," the teaser hints at one of the most iconic moments from season one.

Nothing ever went back to normal.

— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) July 19, 2017

In the short clip, we see the pool where Barb was attacked and kidnapped. The moment served as a jumping off point for the investigation by the kids into the Upside Down, but Barb's story pretty much ended there. Following the show's release, calls went up under the hashtag #JusticeforBarb in an attempt to get the showrunners to address her character being ignored.

We've heard from the creators of the show that justice for Barb will indeed factor into the next season, but it's understandable why the story was sidelined in the grand scheme of things. Still, the buzz around the movement is the main reason critics have given for Barb actor Shannon Purser getting an Emmy nomination despite her character being a blip on the radar of the series.

More than just referencing Barb, the teaser also lets fans know that all of the wild events of last season will play into the story and plot of the new one. From Barb's death to Will's slug infestation to the upheaval of reality the characters experienced, season 2 of Stranger Things will go to some dark places. With the series coming to Comic-Con this week, hopefully we'll learn even more soon.

Stranger Things season 2 premieres October 27, 2017 on Netflix.

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