New characters, new inspiration and new themes.
Netflix original series 'Stranger Things' continues to be a major talking point everywhere, and everyone's getting more and more excited for the season 2 premiere next year. It's shrouded in mystery; we don't even know if we'll see Eleven again; but we've managed to get a few glimpses into the next chapter.
Stranger Things returns in 2017
Here's everything we know about 'Stranger Things' Season Two:
1. From the trailer... It takes place one year later in the Fall of 1984 and features 9 episodes this time rather than 8, and we can expect it to arrive in 2017. Also, the episodes will be entitled: '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'.
It's all a bit mysterious, but from 'The Pumpkin Patch' we can expect some spooky Halloween happenings and by the sound of 'The Lost Brother' we may even get to meet a sibling of Eleven. Perhaps one of the other experiments? We are still yet to find out what happened to numbers One to Ten after all.
2. From the cast... The cast are insisting that they don't know anything about the next series. In fact, they don't even know if all of them will be returning, but it's a safe bet that Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) and Noah Schnapp (Will) will be back, even if Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) isn't. They do have their own theories about what's going to happen Will, however. 'My guess if I had to guess is he's incubating... holding eggs inside of him', Noah said in an interview with People. 'He has something to do with the demi-gorgon.'
Meanwhile, Gaten thinks he knows what happened to the other experiments, but doesn't want to spoil it. 'I think that most of them are dead but I think that two or three of them...' he said, before cutting himself off. As for lost and beloved Barb? 'She is getting her own spin-off', Millie claims.
3. From Shawn Levy... On the Southern California Public Radio, producer and director Shawn Levy refused to reveal any details, but insisted that season 2 would be a lot more intense. 'A lot of Season 2 is next-level, some crazy stuff, but we must service these characters who are now beloved, who are known to the audience', he said.
4. From the Duffer Brothers... While the first season was very much inspired by work from Steven Spielberg and Stephen King, season 2 has more of a James Cameron influence. 'There's Temple of Doom, Aliens, Terminator 2. I guess a lot of this is James Cameron. But he's brilliant', says co-writer Matt Duffer in an interview with EW. 'And I think one of the reasons his sequels are as successful as they are is he makes them feel very different without losing what we loved about the original.'
The Duffer Brothers also revealed that season 2 will go further afield than Hawkins, Indiana. 'We will venture a little bit outside of Hawkins', he said. 'I will say the opening scene [of the premiere] does not take place in Hawkins.'
5. About the new casting... According to TVLine, 'Madmax' apparently refers to a new character; a girl aged 12 to 14 who is 'tough and confident', uses a skateboard to get around and whose 'appearance, behavior and pursuits seem more typical of boys than of girls in this era'. She has a 'very muscular and hyper-confident' big brother called Billy who drives a Camaro, and there's another character in their thirties called Roman who has been described as 'gender-neutral' and out for revenge against a personal tragedy.