Season two of ‘Stranger Things’ picks up almost a year from the events of season one, on Halloween
(with the boys dressed as the Ghostbusters). Will has reunited with his friends after being stuck in the “Upside Down”. But Will is not well. Remember that slug looking thing he coughed up in the finale?
He seems to be seeing images from the Upside Down – the questions is whether they’re real or not,” Co-creator Matt Duffer stated. “So it seems like he’s having some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder.”
While his mom (Winona Ryder) is trying to make things stable for her sons, she is now dating Bob (Sean Astin), an old high school classmate.
She is trying to mask a lot,” Ryder said. “I think she’s made this choice with Bob because she wants a good father figure in her sons’ lives.”
Hooper is doing everything he can in an attempt to keep the events on season one under wraps, including what really happened to Barb to protect the kids and Joyce (Ryder).
It kind of falls on Hopper to be the voice of authority to say ‘This did happen and this didn’t happen,” David Harbour, who plays Hooper, says. “He’s struggling with the compromise that takes him to, having to lie and cover things up.”
Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Mike (Finn Wolfhard) have changed so much in the past year. They are both mourning the deaths of their friends Barb and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). Though one may not be dead after all.
She and Mike are both the most screwed-up because they’re the ones who both lost someone,” co-creator Ross Duffer continued.” They’re both grappling with that, and we see the effects. “
Stephen King always has really great human villians. 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.” Matt Duffer teased.
Don’t worry, there is still a lot of otherworldly forces at work in Hawkins. One of the boys, young Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), will find some distraction with a new, interesting pet this season, something that is clearly from another world or dimension. The rift to the “Upside Down” is still open, as is the lab, now run by Dr. Owens (Paul Reiser). The creators assure us that we will see “different kinds of horror.” That is evident in the season two teaser (below) which gives us a glimpse of a huge creature, like something out of ‘The Mist’. Something tells me this season is going to be crazy.