If you were a fan of ‘Stranger Things‘ then you’ve been dying to know as much about the second season as possible as we impatiently await the October release date. Unfortunately, some of the items in here might feel almost too spoilery. While nothing directly from the plot is shared, you can get a lot from the hints that are.
So, if you’d like to go in blind, I’d turn back now. If you aren’t afraid of what is going to be happening with our young heroes than continue on!
So you’re still with me, let’s begin! To start with, the new nine-episode season will be “darker and more eerie” according to Noah Schnapp while Finn Wolfhard doubles down on that statement by saying scarier stuff happens.” Not only that, but he stresses that “Something happens to Will in the first couple of episodes that’s very, very disturbing.”
More disturbing than what came out of him in the season finale? We’ll see. Will’s friends though are trying to help him adjust, but it might not be in the best way passable as Gaten Matarazzo stated: “They know he is not well, but they are just trying to pretend [nothing] happened.” Avoiding an issue might not be the best route here, but therapists weren’t as easily accessible in the 80s as they are today and let’s be honest, he’d probably get locked up in a nuthouse by telling anyone his story.
However, among the “darker” setting, things aren’t all horror themed as the Duffer Brothers shared that the second season “maintains that sense of fun, which was so important to the first season” and that they “didn’t want to lose that sense of wonder.”
When talking about playing Mike right off the bat, Wolfhard shares that “He’s kind of somber. He’s kind of given up on life. He has no one to fight for until slowly as the season progresses, he [becomes] more and more like [the] leader he was in the first season.” I suspect that starts to happen once Eleven is thrown back into the mix.
Of course, it isn’t all classic characters here as Sadie Sink who plays tomboy Max is someone that Matarazzo shares is a character that he is “very excited” for viewers to meet. However, Wolfhard thinks that fans will really like her older brother the bully played by Dacre Montgomery as “He’s a bit of a bully who gives Steve a run for his money. [He’s] a little weird [and] disturbing, but people will love it.”
Also, Ross Duffer stated that “Last season, a lot of the horror and a lot of what was happening with Will was off screen in the Upside down. That’s not the case [in Season 2]. The horror is more up-close and personal” so it sounds like the replacement for the Demogorgon will be just a bit more front and center this time around. He also went on to say that “the threat that is introduced this season is something that will carry over for more than just this season, so it will become sort of our main villain, shall we say, for the show.”
I am excited to hear that they are taking this time to do a bit of world building as well.
Some of the slower build up from the first season might be a thing of the past according to David Harbour:
“I do think that this season’s going to be a lot darker, and a lot bigger, and a lot faster-paced, and there’s a lot of scares, and there’s a lot of humor, so it’s just a very different flavor.” I’m not sure if that will be a good thing or not, but fans can’t argue with how well written that first season was so I’d give them the benefit of the doubt with the tone slightly changing.”
He did also drop some hints about his own character by stating:
“You do know that Hopper left some Eggo waffles in a box in the woods, and you know that that rift, we never really saw it get closed, and you know that lab is still, in some iteration, out there, and you know that only certain people in the town knew what happened last year, so it’s a year later, and Hopper’s under a lot of stress when we meet him, because he’s got to sort of put tops on all these pots, and he’s also involved some way in the reemergence of this Eleven character.”
I’m curious how Hopper of all people got involved in bringing Eleven back and hope they explore that, even if it is a one-off line in the show.
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