Stranger Things, Netflix’s breakout sci-fi horror series, is back for a second series in 2017.
With the return of the series confirmed last year, fans have had months to wait for the second instalment. Well, the wait is now OVER.
Here’s everything we know about Stranger Things season 2 on Netflix. For more exclusive content, download the Radio Times special Stranger Things digital edition now.
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Updated 27th October 2017
When is Stranger Things season 2 released on Netflix?
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Is Stranger Things 2 as good as season one?
In short, yes. In long? Read our spoiler-free review of Stranger Things 2 here.
Also, check out our recap of the incredible – and incredibly surprising – opening scene for Stranger Things 2 here.
What happened in Stranger Things season 1?
How many of of the season one cast are returning for season two?
All of the main cast of kids are back, including Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven along with co-stars co-stars Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Finn Wolfhard. A picture from the read-through showed the gang back together (although you’ll need to to flip the screen to see it).
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Who will be joining the cast for season two?
Child actress Sadie Sink (below) is joining the show as Max, “a tomboy with a complicated history and a suspicious streak”. Australian actor Dacre Montgomery is also joining the cast as Max’s older brother Billy, “a classic girlfriend-stealing bad boy”.
Where is Stranger Things 2 filmed?
Find out more about the filming locations for the fictional Hawkins, Indiana here.
How many Stranger Things 2 trailers can I watch?
There’s also a teaser, with an eerie shot of the pool where Barb met her unfortunate end (or did she?)
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Another full trailer was released during Comic-Con, complete with Vincent Price, Michael Jackson and all manner of brilliant 80s horror references.
Then there was this third and final trailer released, appropriately, on Friday the 13th. We’ve got chills, and it’s not just because of the snowy setting.
Millie Bobby Brown also introduced a special clip ahead of Comic Con London, showing Eleven apparently escaping the Upside Down.
How many episodes will there be?
Stranger Things will return with nine episodes, one more than the eight eps of season one. Netflix has also confirmed that there will be a Stranger Things 2 aftershow, with seven episodes devoted to unpacking the new season.
A teaser trailer (above) revealed the episode titles for all nine instalments. They are:
The Boy Who Came Back To Life
The Pumpkin Patch
The Secret Cabin
The Lost Brother
When is Stranger Things season 2 set?
The action takes place in 1984, a year on from the events of season one (season 1 spoilers to follow).
“It’s a year later in the story, so there are several things that happened last year, like Will has come back,” said actor David Harbour, who plays Chief Hopper. “There are certain people in the town that know what happened, and then certain people that don’t know what happened. So there’s a lot of fall out with who knows what.”
Hence the Ghostbusters costumes in the trailer above – that movie was released in 1984, along with Gremlins, Aliens AND Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Basically, the creators won’t be short of movie references. In episode one, for example, the kids are obsessed with 80s arcade game Dig Dug – which turns out to be very, very significant.
Oh, and while you’re at it, check out how the team behind Stranger Things 2 created those iconic 80s-inspired opening titles.
UPDATE: A new feature in US magazine Entertainment Weekly has given us a preview of how the season will play out. Check it out here.
Director Shawn Levy said that the series will deal with what it means to try and ‘return to normal’ after what happened in season one.
“Will Byers was in that Upside Down for a while,” he says. So Season two is about this determined desire to return to normalcy in Hawkins, in the Byers family, in that group of friends, and it’s the struggle to reclaim normalcy and maybe the impossibility of it.”
Executive producer Dan Cohen adds that they are planning to be more ambitious in season two: “We’ll be doing more than just a rehash of season one. We’re coming back with a few new characters, expanding storylines and mythologies, so it’ll feel like the stakes are raised.
“We want a sequel that feels like it’s bigger and badder and darker, while answering more of the questions and getting deeper into what’s going on. [Writers The Duffer Brothers] want it to be that great sequel that is satisfying and yet expands the world.”
The actors too have been teasing how season two will differ from the first offering: Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike, says that the series will be “more horror oriented”, with the tone taking a darker turn.
Check out our favourite current fan theories and predictions for the new season here, including the suggestion that Eleven could be set for a family reunion when the show finally returns…
Will Barb be in season two?
It’s one of fans’ most important questions, and the creators know that poor Barb Holland is still on viewers’ minds.
Writer Ross Duffer appeared to be unequivocal when asked about her fate last year. “I mean, yes ― yes, she’s dead. I thought we were pretty clear about that,” Matt Duffer said. “There’s a slug hanging out of her mouth ― out of her dead corpse. And then if you were still confused, [Chief Jim] Hopper finds her in the nest, also very dead.”
However, brother Matt Duffer promised that there would be some “justice” for her character – even if off screen. “Barb will not be forgotten. We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb. People get very frustrated, understandably, that the town doesn’t seem to be really dealing with Barb. That stuff is all happening. We’re just not spending any screen time on it.”
Will Stranger Things end after season two?
No! Writers the Duffer brothers have said they know where the story is going for at least season three, and add they have a whole story arc planned for “more than three seasons”.
And, in another interview, the creators let slip that a third season is already in the works. Given that Netflix tend to book in their biggest shows in pairs, we can assume that Stranger Things season four is highly likely.