Everything We Know About Season 2 Of Stranger Things

Stranger Things was the retro, suspenseful, terrifying summer binge we never knew we needed. Drawing from classic horror movies and ‘80s culture, Stranger Things taps into the recent hunger for nostalgia in a wholeheartedly original way. Read: No reboots necessary. Watching kids run around and chase monsters brought back our own bygone days of summer vacation and childhood.

Since most of us binge-watched Stranger Things in a weekend, we’ve been dangling on season 1’s cliffhangers since last summer. Is Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) coming back? Is Will (Noah Schnapp) be irrevocably altered by his time in the Upside Down? And, most of all, what supernatural force will terrorize the small town of Hawkins, Indiana?

Recently, co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer and the Stranger Things cast spilled some beans as to what to expect in season 2. Here’s every juicy morsel we could gather up for all of you who can’t wait to see if things can get even stranger. Our bet is: Of course they can.

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Season 2 comes to Netflix on October 27, 2017.

Instead of a summer hit, the nine-episode season of Stranger Things will be coming to us in late autumn as the biggest "treat" of Halloween.
Something Wicked This Way Comes To Hawkins

The first official teaser trailer for season 2 promises something very demonic-looking is heading to our favorite Indiana town.
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You want it darker?

As if last season’s harrowing story lines weren’t creepy enough, Stranger Things is heading into more disturbing territory.

“I think this season will be a lot more dark, a lot more horror-oriented,” said Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike, in an interview with The Telegraph. “I think people are going to like it more than the first season.”

Looks like that Halloween release date is no coincidence.
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It's set a year in the future.

Season 2 catches the characters one year after the eventful summer of 1983. Just when the residents of Hawkins think supernatural forces have been put to rest, they find everything's just starting up again.
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The Upside Down isn't going anywhere.

Will (Noah Schnapp) is haunted from his time in the Upside Down. In an interview with EW, co-creator Matt Duffer says, Will is “having some post-traumatic stress disorder...he seems to be seeing images from the Upside Down — the question is whether they’re real or not.”

What's for sure is that the gap between the real world and the Upside Down is still open.
Expect a cute magical creature!

Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) gets a pet, but nothing conventional like a cat or dog. As Matarazzo told EW, "It’s obviously not from this planet or this dimension."
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These siblings will finally get along, but for a sad reason.

Both Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Mike are suffering from the loss of their friends, Barb and Eleven.

"She and Mike are both the most screwed-up because they’re the ones who both lost someone,” co-creator Ross Duffer told EW. “They’re both grappling with that, and we see the effects.”
Eleven gets an ‘80s ‘do.

Do we even recognize Eleven without her signature bald head? While we know Eleven will be sporting a perm, we don’t know how she’ll mesh into the season 2 plot.
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There will be backstories galore, baby.

Season 1 of Stranger Things mainly features the friends’ amazing group dynamics. This season, though, will look at the boys as individuals.

Matarazzo explained that the kids are having a hard time adjusting to their friend Will's return.

“You’re going to see a lot more into the lives of how the characters are coping with what’s been going on...They’re all very emotionally scarred. They feel alone because their best friend is back and he’s not acting like their best friend anymore. He’s changed,” Matarazzo told The Telegraph.
Internet sleuths figured out the plot way too early.

Netflix released the following titles in August: “Madmax,” “The Boy Who Came Back to Life,” “The Pumpkin Patch,” “The Palace,” “The Storm,” “The Pollywog,” “The Secret Cabin,” “The Brain,” and “The Lost Brother.”

But in an interview with EW, the Duffer Brothers announced that some titles are changing. How come? Duffer told EW that, “Some of them are changing. Some of them we didn’t put because these people are smart on the f—ing internet. You’ve seen it with Westworld — they figured it out! I’ve seen videos analyzing the chapter titles and they’re right on a lot.”
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Expect a whole new slew of characters.

Six new characters will populate Hawkins, Indiana. Let’s meet them, shall we?
There’s a new Eleven on the block....

Looks like recess just got more crowded. According to Netflix’s description, Max is “a tough and confident girl whose appearance, behavior, and pursuits seem more typical of boys than of girls in this era. She has a complicated history and is generally suspicious of those around her.”

Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Dustin quickly develop crushes on Max.

She’s played by Sadie Sink, a young actress you’ll recognize from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and American Odyssey.
...and she has an older step-brother.

Netflix describes Max’s older brother, Billy, as “hyperconfident and edgy,” and warns that “lurking under his apparent charisma, is a violent and unpredictable nature.”

Billy is played by Dacre Montgomery, who will play the Red Ranger in the upcoming movie Power Rangers.
Meet Roman.

In addition to having a pretty cool name, Roman has a mysterious backstory that we don’t know yet. All Netflix is telling us is that Roman, played by Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen, is “an emotionally damaged, magnetic young woman who suffered a great loss as a child.” She supposedly has ties to the Hawkins lab.
Winona Ryder has a new boyfriend.

The chief of police is particularly bummed out about this one.

As Duffer explains, Joyce (Winona Ryder) "wants a good father figure in her sons' lives." So, she starts dating Bob Newby, resident nerd and manager of Radio Shack. Sean Astin of Lord of the Rings plays Bob.
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There’s another villain in town.

Dr. Owens (Paul Reiser) is a "high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a ‘clean-up’ assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year.”
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We hope someone takes this conspiracy theorist seriously.

Comedian Brett Gelman, who also appeared in Netflix's Love (pictured right), plays Murray Bauman, “a disgraced journalist turned conspiracy theorist.” As Brett knows, the truth is out there.