Stranger Things was one of the biggest word-of-mouth hits the summer, and one of Netflix’s most-streamed series yet. The creepy, nostalgic throwback to the works of Stephen King and Steven Spielberg was imminently bingeworthy, and left viewers eager for more. Today, Netflix finally let fans breathe a sigh of relief, officially confirming season 2 for 2017 with a moody new teaser. Check it out below.
Like the show itself, the teaser is appropriately cryptic. Recreating the show’s iconic, minimalistic opening title sequence, it offers up what are presumably the episode titles for season 2. No doubt Stranger Things fans will spend the next year trying to divine any hints those titles might provide. One more concrete detail is revealed at the end of the teaser: season 2 will be set in the fall of 1984. That places it around one year after the events of the first season.
Netflix made the announcement via Entertainment Weekly, which also included an interview with Stranger Things creators Ross and Matt Duffer. The brothers revealed that the second season will feature a mix of returning characters and new additions, but very specifically refused to answer whether fan-favorite Eleven (played by 12-year-old Millie Bobbie Brown) will be back.
The Duffers suggested that mega-popular sequels such as James Cameron’s Aliens and Terminator 2 will serve as inspiration for how they’ll approach Stranger Things‘ sophomore year. Matt Duffer told EW:
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. So I think we kinda looked to him and what he does and tried to capture a little bit of the magic of his work.
One thing season 2 will definitely delve deeper into is the mysterious alternate dimension known as the Upside Down. Ross said:
We obviously have this gate to another dimension, which is still very much open in the town of Hawkins. And a lot of questions there in terms of, if the Monster is dead, was it a singular monster? What else could be out there? We really don’t go in there much until they go in to find Will at the end. So we’ve opened up this doorway, and to us it’s exciting to talk about, like, what else is behind there? There’s a lot more mystery there to be solved.
It’s gonna be a long wait until 2017. In the meantime, here are those presumed episode to puzzle over…
- The Boy Who Came Back to Life
- The Pumpkin Patch
- The Palace
- The Storm
- The Pollywog
- The Secret Cabin
- The Brain
- The Lost Brother