A good sequel always raises the stakes of the original, which, based on the newly released poster is exactly what the Duffer Brothers are aiming for in the second season of Netflix’s Stranger Things. It depicts Will Byers and his squad staring down a new threat that makes last season’s Demigorgon look like your average house fly.
Executive producer Shawn Levy teased the new monster in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“The threats to Hawkins and to our characters are bigger, darker, often times scarier,” he said. “So people who found season one too scary for them, you’re going to be more scared by season two. But again, the best thing I can tell you is that through it all, it’s got the best heart. But it is, cinematically and budgetary, it’s definitely more ambitious.”
That Netflix gave the show’s creators more resources for season two should come as no surprise. Stranger Things was a full-blown phenomenon when it debuted on Netflix last summer. Audiences loved the way it embraced ‘80s nostalgia, while the internet swirled with theories, analysis and predictions.
The sequel has been subject to the same kind of fervor and speculation, which might explain why Netflix decided to make it available on October 27 instead of the previously promised Halloween release date. That’s good news for the cast, who’ve been dogged with questions about season two pretty much since the day after season one dropped.
That tenacity from both fans and journalists has led to a few easter eggs about season two that could add some context to the new poster and its accompanying teaser, which you can watch below.
Season 2 picks up a year after season 1. Entertainment Weekly first reported that season two will find our heroes in 1984, one year after they laid waste to that poor, poor Demogorgon.
Barb is definitely, definitely dead. You can try and peddle all the conspiracy theories you want. But while speaking to EW, Millie Bobby Brown confirmed that the show’s unlikely cult hero ain’t coming back. And what Millie says, goes.
The worlds are going to get a whole lot bigger. If you’re hoping to see more of the Upside Down, it’s time to get excited. “We definitely want to explore [the Upside Down] a little bit more,“ Matt Duffer told EW. "There’s a lot we don’t know about the Upside Down at the end of season one.” We’re also going to "venture a little bit outside” of the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, starting with the very first scene of season two.
Will Byers isn’t out of the woods quite yet. Despite being rescued from the Upside Down at the end of season one, things are going to get worse for him before they get better. “Something happens to Will in the first couple of episodes that’s very, very disturbing.“ Duffer told EW. "He seems to be seeing images from the Upside Down—the question is whether they’re real or not. It seems like he’s having some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder.”
Watch the feel-good second season of Stranger Things when it premieres October 27 on Netflix.