In July of 2016, the world was introduced to the cultural phenomenon that is Stranger Things. Set in 1980’s Indiana, The Duffer Brothers introduced us to a group of children who took on the unknown while trying to save their friend Will, and along the way they meet Eleven, a psychokinetic girl who becomes their one hope at finding him. Originally, supposed to be only a one season story, people were captivated by the brilliant performances, well-executed homages to 80’s culture, and effective storytelling that made the show an overnight success that The Duffer Brothers couldn’t resist continuing on with these beloved characters.
Taking place about a year after the events of season one, the second season will take place in Halloween and will dive deeper into the affects Will’s time in the Upside Down has had on him. His mother Joyce is trying to help him deal with his PTSD-like symptoms, but also is trying to move on with her own life as she is trying to date a former classmate to cover her emotions. Though presumed dead by the characters living in Hawkins, Indiana, Eleven is very much alive and will be a big part of the season. The Duffer Brothers have stated that our characters will face “a different kind of horror” throughout this season.
Returning cast members from season one include Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, and Joe Keery. Joining the season one veterans are the likes of Sean Astin, Paul Reiser, Sadie Sink, Dacre Montgomery, Brett Gelman, and Will Chase.
Going into the Friday release of the entire season, early reviews have been very positive thus far, holding a 90% Rotten Tomatoes rating. The consensus states “Stranger Things’ slow-building sophomore season balances moments of humor and a nostalgic sweetness against a growing horror that’s even more effective thanks to the show’s full-bodied characters and evocative tone.”
Coming to Netflix October 27!