Like other current TV shows still retaining the mostly bygone days of water cooler talks, the 2016 smash hit Stranger Things is keeping up its shades of mystery between Seasons 1 and 2. Little by little, though, facts are coming out, either through casting announcements or from the cast and crew themselves. This time, we're learning a tad more about how Season 1 will factor into the new year and these characters, and the info comes from Sheriff Hopper himself, David Harbour. In his words:
It's a year later in the story, so there are several things that happened last year, like Will has come back. There are certain people in the town that know what happened, and then certain people that don't know what happened. So there's a lot of fall out with who knows what.
Hardly a detailed synopsis, but no one could expect that kind of thing anyway. David Harbour touches upon something we've been told about Season 2 several times before, in that it kicks off a year after Will returned from The Upside Down (sorta) safe and intact. There has been much less said about what these returning characters will be up to in that next year of the story, however, and it looks like we can expect to see some strife come up between the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana.
Many of the residents (and others) that we met from the Hawkins area in Season 1 were wrapped up in the middle of everything happening with Will and Eleven and the Laboratory. (I can't imagine the Byers family would be able to talk about anything but this for the next year.) There are still many others unaware of the paranormal and trans-dimensional horrors lurking beneath Hawkins' fabric of reality, though, and while it seems like the kind of scenario where ignorance is bliss, it also feels criminal for such things to go unannounced to the general public. Maybe that's where the problems start.
As part of the Fan2Sea Cruise (via HollywoodLife.com), David Harbour and other cast members spoke with fans about Stranger Things' past and future, and the actor also let it slip that new cast member Sean Astin will be playing the boyfriend of Winona Ryder's Joyce when Season 2 begins. That won't be the best part of Hopper's life, that's for sure, and it wouldn't take much imagination to see how the events surrounding Will's disappearance could also be an obstacle in Joyce's burgeoning relationship. Could that fallout be one of the romantic sort?
It's also possible that Hawkins folks will start to wonder what's happening in town due to the disappearance of one Barb Holland. David Harbour did touch upon the topic of Barb, which no doubt won over her cruise-set fanbase, but his update definitely wasn't of the "she's coming back" variety.
The question and the feelings that Nancy has that no one ever cares about her friend Barb, are very much present in the beginning of the season
Without any bespectacled redheads to complement other new additions like Paul Reiser and Linnea Berthelsen, Stranger Things also doesn't have a release date set for Season 2 on Netflix, but all nine episodes are almost definitely coming in 2017. Head to our Netflix 2017 schedule and our midseason premiere schedule to see everything coming to the small screen in the near future.