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While the summer months will bring back shows like Game of Thrones and Netflix's Orange is the New Black, we unfortunately won't be seeing last summer's biggest hit until the fall. Netflix's sci-fi period piece Stranger Things will release new episodes in October, adding a few extra months for the fandom to salivate and debate the possibilities for the show's sophomore season. And while anticipation is at all time high for The Duffer Brothers' hit show, Stranger Things' executive producer and director Shawn Levy maintains that some fans may end up a bit disappointed, mostly due to fan expectations.
We are going to do things that fans will be disappointed in, but I think they will be more satisfied by... I'll give one example that I've been asked about a hundred times which is people still think Barb's alive. Because you think you want that, but you wouldn't really want that.
It looks like the fandom is going to have to take a seat, and let the Duffer Brothers and Shawn Levy do their thing with Season 2 of Stranger Things. While we may have our own theories and opinions on how the show should go down, we may want to check our ego before getting pissed about the events of the show's second season.
The example that Shawn Levy cited was regarding fan favorite character Barb, played by newcommer Shannon Purser. Although a relatively small character, Barb's heart and innocence quickly garnered her fan appreciation, and her death spawned viral hashtag #Justice4Barb. While fans would like to believe that Barb might show up alive sometime in Season 2, everyone working at Stranger Things has been very clear that she's not coming back from The Upside Down. That being said, I would be surprised if a Nancy/Barb flashback didn't occur sometime in Season 2.
But it's this type of passion that seems to be a double edged sword for Stranger Things moving into Season 2. There is a massive audience that will be tuning in to see the adventures in Hawkins, Indiana. But this type of rabid fanbase usually create their own theories and expectations, which can sometime lead to disappointment. So our best plan of action when binge watching the second season is to allow the creators to take us on their journey. We were delightfully ignorant during the first season, we we should give them the same level of blind trust.
Stranger Things will release Season 2 in its entirety October 31st, 2017 on Netflix. In the meantime,, check our summer premiere list to plan your next binge watch.