Will Stranger Things return for season 2?
After the 80s horror homage became one of the most talked about shows of 2016, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that he would “be dumb not to” commission a second season.
The streaming giant later confirmed that a new run of episodes is on the way with a synth-heavy trailer that teased “coming 2017”.
When will Stranger Things season 2 be released?
Season one landed on Netflix in July 2016. Assuming that Netflix follows its usual pattern of leaving a full year between seasons of its original programmes, season two will likely be released in July 2017.
What will happen in Stranger Things season 2?
Producer Shawn Levy has said: “The plan is to continue with this set of characters while introducing a few critical key new ones next season.”
He told SlashFilm: “I’ll just say that a lot of the big mysteries get answered at the end of season one, but we are very much kind of unearthing new problems and questions that merit future stories and future investigation in the most enjoyable way.”
The season two trailer teases that “the adventure continues in the fall of 1984” – placing it a year after the events of season one.
Creator Matt Duffer has said that the new episodes will “explore the repercussions of everything that happened” to Will, Eleven and the rest of the gang.
Stranger Things will return for a second season this year
Winona Ryder will return as Joyce
In the closing scenes of season one, Will coughed up a slug and flashed back briefly to the nightmarish Upside Down, hinting that his struggles are far from over. Noah Schnapp, who plays Will, has been bumped up to series regular.
Millie Bobby Brown has been confirmed to return as Eleven, who seemingly sacrificed herself in the finale to kill the Demogorgon.
But after Hopper was seen leaving a box of Eggos – Eleven’s favourite snack – in the woods, it seems that the telekinetic teen is still alive and well.
One character who won’t be making a return is Barb – Nancy’s bookish best friend who was unceremoniously killed in episode two.
Duffer told IGN that while Barb is definitely dead, season two will ensure that there is “justice for Barb”.
American TV series Stranger Things
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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
How many episodes will there be?
Season two will be formed of nine episodes – one more than last year.
Netflix has already announced the titles of the new instalments: 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.
Stranger Things season 2 cast
The main cast of season one are all expected to return – with the obvious exception of Shannon Purser, who played Barb.
Comedian Brett Gelman joins as a new character called Murray Bauman, a disgraced journalist turned conspiracy theorist who comes to Hawkins to investigate a case.
Millie Bobby Brown will return as Eleven
Sean Astin will play as Bob Newby, a “nerdy” old school friend of Joyce and Hopper’s.
Paul Reiser has been cast as Dr Owens, a high-ranking Department of Energy official sent to “clean-up” after the events of season one.
Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen is set as Roman, an “emotionally damaged, magnetic young woman” connected to the lab.
Sadie Sink will play Max, “a tough and confident girl whose appearance, behaviour 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.”
Sadie Sink joins the show as Max
Dacre Montgomery, who plays the Red Ranger in the upcoming Power Rangers film, will play Max’s “hyper-confident and edgy older step-brother” Billy.
“He steals girlfriends away from their boyfriends, is great at drinking games, and drives a black Camaro. But lurking under his apparent charisma, is a violent and unpredictable nature.”
Behind the camera, M Night Shyamalan could join the series as a director.
He previously hired the show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, to work on his show Wayward Pines and has asked them to return the favour.