Aside from all the movie TV spots we saw during the Super Bowl this past weekend, there was a huge preview for Stranger Things season 2. It was pretty much the highlight of all the ads. Of course, we still know very little, if anything, about the new season. That’s because much of the plot has been wrapped in a cocoon of secrecy. No one is willing to reveal any details. And rightfully so, it only adds to the mystery and intrigue of the show.
We’ll likely learn more in the months leading up to its Halloween premiere. As we saw in the preview, season 2 will definitely live up to its title. It looks as though it will get bigger and go darker. And now we are finding out a little bit out the direction its going in, and seeing some new images. Find out more on where Stranger Things is heading and see the images below.
Entertainment Weekly debuted their special on the hit Netflix series with a cover of those adorable kids. At the center is Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, who is sporting some curly hair. She is surrounded by Finn Wolfhard‘s Mike Wheeler, Gaten Matarazzo‘s Dustin Henderson, Caleb McLaughlin‘s Lucas Sinclair, and Noah Schnapp‘s Will Byers – who looks cold and distant when compared to everyone else on the cover. Eleven at the center of it all isn’t really that much of a spoiler. After all, she was briefly seen in the trailer. But it should be interesting to see how she makes her return after her showdown with the Demogorgan.
As far as we know, the series takes place a year after the events of season 1. It seems that the kids have settled in nicely and have gone back to living their daily lives, as seen in the header photo of Dustin dressed as a Ghostbuster. But executive producer Shawn Levy admits there are a few hurdles they will have to overcome:
“That is the new challenge of season 2: quieting the cultural noise that surrounds our show.”
Indeed, the show has raised the pop culture bar with its use of nostalgia and nods to classic ’80s films like The Goonies. But as for the plot, co-creator Matt Duffer suggest that Will is going to play another centric part to the plot:
“He seems to be seeing images from the Upside Down—the question is whether they’re real or not. So it seems like he’s having some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder.”
After spending weeks in the Upside Down, Will was saved by his mother (Winona Ryder) and Sheriff Hopper (David Harbour). Contrary to what his friends and family see, Will appears to be “infected” as noted by coughing up slugs and what not. Whether or not Hopper knows this is unclear, but he will do anything to shield these kids by keeping what happened a secret. Here’s what Harbour had to say:
“It kind of falls on Hopper to be the voice of authority to say, ‘This did happen and this didn’t happen.’ He’s struggling with the compromise that takes him to, having to lie and cover things up.”
Season 2 will also see Nancy (Natalia Dyer) reeling after the loss of her friend (and fan favorite) Barb.
According to Matt, the show will explore “different kinds of horror.” What kind of horror that is, is still not clear. Who knows what will happen to these kids come Halloween, but I’m sure every fan on earth will be watching with excitement.