Will Winona Ryder return for Stranger Things season 2?
The long-awaited trailer confirmed the return of many fan favourites: police chief Jim Hopper, school kids Mike, Dustin and Lucas – clad in Ghostbusters costumes no less – and most excitingly of all, Eleven.
Strangely there was no sign of Joyce Byers – Will and Mike’s mother who is played by 90s icon Winona Ryder.
Fans took straight to Twitter to complain about her absence.
One wrote: “Where was Winona in the Stranger Things trailer? I need more Joyce Byers.”
Another said: “Stranger Things 2 already a dead show walking on account of the fact that there is not even a sniff of Winona in the trailer. Sad.”
Winona’s animated performance in season one won many plaudits, and her hysterical facial expressions at last month’s SAG awards spawned a thousand memes.
— The Cyber Bully (@TheeCyberBuIIy) February 3, 2017
Winona Ryder was the star of Stranger Things season one
Luckily for fans, Joyce is all-but-confirmed to return for season two, which will be released on Netflix later this year.
She will join an ensemble cast which includes Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike) and David Harbour (Hopper).
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American supernatural horror series Stranger Things is is set in 1983 Indiana, when a young boy vanished into thin air. It pays homage to the classic 80's genre.
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On November 6, 1983 in the made up town of Hawkins, Indiana, 12-year-old Will Byers vanishes mysteriously
Eleven appeared to sacrifice herself at the end of season one
What will happen to Joyce in Stranger Things season 2?
The new episodes will pick up a year after the events of season one and will “explore the repercussions of everything that happened” in Hawkins in 1983.
The title for episode two – The Boy Who Came Back To Life – hints that the season will heavily focus on Will and the effects that the Upside Down had on him.
Joyce spent season one frantically searching for her son Will
Episode six is named The Polywog, another name for a tadpole. Many have taken this as a reference to the creature Will coughed up in the season one finale, just before he flashed back to the hellish Upside Down.
David Harbour has revealed that Joyce will have a new boyfriend named Bob Newby, who will arrive “much to the chagrin of the chief of police [Hopper]”.
But the characters will need to work together, as the trailer has revealed that a new monster will arrive in Hawkins which could be worse than the Demogorgon.