Anybody who’s spent an entire weekend binge watching Stranger Things (so, all of us) lamented the final episode, for the cliffhanger as much as the absence of a second season. Good news, my grieving comrades-in-arms! Early Wednesday morning, Netflix announced the sci-fi mashup is, indeed, coming back for a second season.
The teaser contains only the following episode title cards (presumably), which do little in terms of providing actual information but much in terms of HYPING US UP.
An Entertainment Weekly exclusive interview with the Duffer brothers reveals that maybe everyone will be back (Eleven is up in the air) and there are four (FOUR!!!) new characters in the cast— “There’s going to be a lot of new and interesting dynamics that we didn’t see in season 1” said Matt Duffer. BRING IT ON, DUFFERS.
Furthermore, we have these interesting tidbits of information:
-Hawkins, Indiana will not be the only setting.
-Barb won’t make a return.
-The show’s creative team will have to move fast to get this out, on account of the preteens hitting puberty and all. “Yeah, you have to do the Harry Potter thing,” Matt Duffer told IGN back in July. “You have to jump a year. Because, like, Gaten (Matarazzo, who plays Dustin in the series), his voice has already dropped quite a bit, to the point where we couldn’t even do ADR with him. We had to pitch it way up. It’s dropped. He’s grown.”
-Barb and Hopper might be brought together in a weird and unique way.
-We may find ourselves back in Hawkins National Laboratory— “Maybe they brought someone new in. It’s not as evil and mysterious as it was in Season 1. We might start to get into what they’re doing a bit little more. Maybe they seem a little bit more friendly… as least at the beginning. A lot of the agents involved in that project are dead.”
Naturally, we have questions that we’ll just have to keep bottled down deep, deep inside until Netflix drops season 2 and we spend another whole weekend not showering and ordering pizza to the couch. Namely, is Will just, like, forever fucked now? Will Eleven come back? What is Hopper doing leaving Eggo waffles in the woods? Seriously, though— and this is an unpopular opinion— can we all just forget about the wet blanket that is Barb?
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Like, you literally have ZERO CHILL BARB.