"Stranger Things" Season 2: Cast, Plot, Trailer And Everything You Need To Know

20 June 2017, 12:23

Stranger Things Season Two Release Date
Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

Spoilers, new characters and everything you need to know about Netflix's best show of all time.

UPDATE 20/6/17:

Sorry lads but ya girl Barb will 100% categorically NEVER be returning to Stranger Things. In fact, it sounds like she may not even make an appearance in any flashbacks either; she probably won't return in the form of a cheeky trip to the Upside Down, and - to add insult to injury - she probs won't even appear in any photos in BBF Nancy's bedroom knowing her, the heartless wench. 

The news was confirmed ONCE AGAIN by executive producer Shawn Levy who said "We are going to do things that fans will be disappointed in, but I think they will be more satisfied. People still think Barb's alive, because you think you want that, but you wouldn't really want that ... We are not going to cravenly service the wish-list of fans, we're going to service the Duffer instincts, and what they feel is the right story to tell."

Looks like it's time to finally let go. *wipes tear*

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Our first official look at season two of Stranger Things has already arrived in the shape of a 30-second teaser trailer released during the SuperBowl back in February and holy Demogorgon, it already looks so insane. 

What will happen in the storyline?

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Speaking in an interview with Emmy Magazine, the kids revealed a few details about the plot and honestly, it's going to be nothing like we expected. For a start, it's going to 10 times more scarier than the first season. Finn Wolfhard (Mike) revealed that season two is a "lot more horror-oriented."

"I think this season will be a lot more dark... I think people are going to like it more than the first season. There are going to be some challenges that the characters face that are real. That are disturbing." We mean, the first scene alone in season one gave us nightmares for weeks so if he's talking jumpy moments, we're preparing ourselves for a pant-pooping session as we type.

Charlie Heaton, who plays the third wheeling Jonathan Byers, hinted to Esquire UK that there could be some romance on the horizon for is character and Mike's sister Nancy Wheeler, who we last saw in the arms of Steve Harrington.

When asked about whether or not we would finally get to see the pair get together as a couple, he gave a pretty coy answer: "We'll have to wait to see... They went through a lot together last season... "

Yes. Yes they did. So, we'll take that as a YES then, Charlie? #NanathanWillRise

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When will it be released?

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Stock up on your Eggo waffles, kids! Despite the first season dropping in July 2016, the second season will be returning to Netflix around Halloween 2017. Can you believe we have to wait THAT long until we find out what the hell happened to Eleven after she confronted the Demogorgon?! The show itself will also take place on Halloween. Here's a picture of the boys in their apt '84 Halloween costumes.

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How many episodes will there be?

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There will be nine episodes in the second season - one more than the first. And the episodes will be titled: 'Madmax', 'The Boy Who Came Back To Life', 'The Pumpkin Patch', 'The Palace', 'The Storm', 'The Pollywog', 'The Secret Cabin', 'The Brain', 'The Lost Brother'. Uuuhhhhh... who is the Lost Brother?! Who is coming back to life!? What is The Pollywog!? *cold sweat emoji*

Are all the actors returning for the second season?

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Yes! All your faves will be returning. Winona Ryder and David Harbour will reprise their roles as Joyce Byers and Chief Hopper. Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Finn Wolfhard are all coming back, along with Millie Bobby Brown. As for Shannon Purser as Barb? We'll see... but things aren't looking promising.


Will there be any new characters?

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YES! In fact, there's four new characters heading our way in season two - one of them is Max, pictured above on the right. The Lost Brother has gotta be one of them, right? It better not be another Demogorgon. Seriously. According to the Duffer brothers, “there’s going to be a lot of new and interesting dynamics that we didn’t see in season 1.” Exciting!

Sean Astin (The Goonies) will be joining the show as Joyce Byers' new boyfriend so look away now if your OTP is Joyce and Hopper... 


Will season two up pick from where it left off?

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Nope, season two will be set one year in the future - in 1984. The Duffer brothers have previously stated that they wanted the kids to grow with the series - like Harry Potter - and that would mean pushing timelines along to fit with their IRL appearances. At least we're keeping the gang all together... and getting some new 80's movie references!

The time jump also means there'll be alot of drama surrounding the events of the last year. On the Fan2Sea cruise, David Harbour spilled all the details: “It’s a year later in the story, so there are several things that happened last year — like Will has come back — there are certain people in the town that know what happened, and then certain people that don’t know what happened. So there’s a lot of fall out with who knows what.”

Will we see more of the Upside Down?

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Uh, yeaaaaah! “We kinda just peeled back the curtain and revealed a tiny bit of the Upside Down,” says Matt. “So we definitely want to explore a little bit more. There’s a lot we don’t know about the Upside Down at the end of season 1.” There's also a brand new monster heading to Hawkins and it makes the Demogorgon look like a freakin' Chihuahua. #SHOOK


What classic 80's movie references will they make?

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Season one had a heavy Steven Spielberg and Stephen King influence but season 2 will try to emulate James Cameron's tactic of making sequels that stay true to the original yet bring enough originality to make them stand out. We can expect some heavy Ghostbusters vibes too - it looks like boys have gone as the foursome for Halloween at school.  

Will there be #JusticeForBarb?

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Season 2 will be about dealing with the repercussions of what happened in Season one, so Barb will not be forgotten but will she survive? No, is the short answer. "Barb is fully dead!" says Harbour. FFS.


If you haven't yet binge watched the first season of Stranger Things, do it NOW. See you on Halloween 2017.

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