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Plot details for Stranger Things Season Two revealed

Last month, we were hyped to see the first trailer for Season Two of Netflix’s breakout hit Stranger Things.

And as we edge closer to that oh-so-perfect October 31 2017 release date, more details are starting to emerge.

Recently, Entertainment Weekly got the scoop from cast and crew about the highly anticipated show. Here is what we have learned:

– Possible spoilers ahead –

Timeline

Season Two of the show will begin on Halloween nearly a year after the events of the first season on Halloween. In the trailer we see the lads dressed up in full Ghostbusters’ garb. Ghostbusters was originally released on June 8, 1984, and that is the year in which this season is set.

Stranger Things - Ghostbusters dress up

Location

Season Two is still set in Hawkins, Indiana but we will be learning a lot more about the Upside Down, and possibly be spending more time there.

Will

Season One ended with Will (Noah Schnapp) coughing up a weird slug from the Upside Down. He is clearly contaminated and this will apparently lead to him having visions. Series co-creator Matt Duffer said, “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.”

Noah Schnapp as Will Byers

Noah Schnapp as Will Byers

Joyce

The chain-smoking, super tense Joyce (Winona Ryder) will be trying to keep things stable at home. She’ll also be dating an old high school classmate Bob (Sean Astin). Ryder said, “She’s trying to mask a lot. I think she’s made this choice with Bob because she wants a good father figure in her son’s lives”. Ryder’s casting is seen as a nod to her fame in the 1980s and similarly, Astin played one of the kids in 1985 cult film The Goonies.

Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers

Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers

Hopper

Police chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) will be trying to keep all of the crazy events of last season under wraps. Harbour said, “He’s struggling with the compromise that takes him to, having to lie and cover things up”.

David Harbour as Jim Hopper (in uniform)

David Harbour as Jim Hopper

Mike and Nancy

Siblings Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Nancy (Natalia Dyer) Wheeler are still mourning the loss of Barb (Shannon Purser) and Eleven (Millie Bobbie Brown). Co-creator Ross Duffer said, “She [Nancy] and Mike are both the most screwed-up because they’re the ones who both lost someone. They’re both grappling with that, and we see the effects.”

The New Kids on the Block

A new family will be coming to Hawkins, bringing brother and sister Billy (Dacre Montgomery) and Max (Sadie Sink). Max will become friends with the boys and attract romantic interest from both Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Duncan (Gaten Matarazzo), suggesting a possible love triangle. Billy, on the other hand, may become a new enemy. Matt Duffer said, “Stephen King always has really great human villains. The evil in the real world is often as bad or worse than the supernatural evil, so we wanted to introduce a character like that.”

Dacre Montgomery as Billy

Dacre Montgomery as Billy

Sadie Sink as Max

Sadie Sink as Max

The Pollywog

A pollywog is the tadpole of and amphibian and also the title of Episode Eight of Season Two. Matarazzo said that his character will somehow acquire a pollywog-like pet. “It’s a little creature I get to bond with. It’s obviously not from this planet or dimension,” he said.

Barb

Give up, people, she’s gone.

The laboratory

It’s unclear what exactly happened to Dr Brenner (Mathew Modine) but the last we saw, he was attacked by the Demogorgon. Perhaps he is dead, because in Season Two the lab will be run by the “seemingly friendly” Dr Owens (Paul Reiser) who keeps the rift to the Upside Down open.

Eleven

Don’t worry, Eleven is DEFINITELY coming back. Brown has confirmed as much on Twitter but aside from that, we don’t know anything. We’ll just have to wait until Halloween!

The second season is only 227 days away, but who’s counting?

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