One of the biggest TV hits of the summer, Stranger Things became a huge topic of discussion among those who still love to talk about television regardless of whether a water cooler is around or not. Discussions soon turned from how awesome the show is to how non-awesome Netflix was for failing to immediately order up a second season. But wise decisions were made and deals happened and we will definitely get Season 2 in our lives, with nine episodes instead of eight. While we wait for it to get here, let's look at everything we know about Season 2 so far. Spoilers for Season 1 are included.

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When Will Stranger Things Season 2 Air?

The first season of Stranger Things aired during the summer of 2016 and was, by all accounts, a huge hit for the subscription streaming service. It looks like production is going to be taking a little longer this time around, as the Netflix drama revealed during the Super Bowl that Stranger Things Season 2 would not be premiering until Halloween 2017, which also happens to be three months later than last year. I know it's going to be a little tough to get through, but on the bright side, Netflix is producing originals left and right and in 2017 will continue to do so. Again, you can catch Stranger Things Season 2 on October 31, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. PT.

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What Have We Seen From Stranger Things Season 2?

You might not even recall what the trailers were like leading up to Season 1, given how light the marketing push from Netflix was. (Another reason to give the genre-twisting Stranger Things a big pat on the back for.) However, when Stranger Things first hit the schedule, it wasn't expected to be a big hit. Now that it has done well in the ratings, Netflix is giving the series a big push. In fact, the first trailer for Season 2--which came complete with Ghostbusters costumes--can be found in all of its full glory, below.

We will get into those episode titles elsewhere, so keep reading!

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Is Stranger Things Season 2 Connected To Season 1?

While some viewers would rather Stranger Things take on the anthology route of a series like American Horror Story, creators Matt and Ross Duffer weren't ever on board with that train of thought. Since the brothers were and are so influenced by cinema in creating Stranger Things, it should surprise no one that they're keeping that mindset for the sophomore season. Here's how they put it to EW.

I know movie sequels get a lot of shit, but the ones we look up to aspire to pivot and do something different. There's Temple of Doom, Aliens, Terminator 2. I guess a lot of this is James Cameron. But he's brilliant. And 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.

While the more obvious influences on Season 1 came from Stephen King and Steven Spielberg, it's good to know that the brothers are aiming high with the follow-up season, as James Cameron has indeed crafted some of the best sequels in cinema. (When he gets around to making them, am I right, Avatar fans?) We don't need explosions and shape-shifting metal or anything, but I'm not against Stranger Things bringing in Bill Paxton as a wide-eyed soldier.

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