Today is officially the first day of fall, and with it brings some of the most exciting times for a hardcore TV fan: fall premiers. Plenty of small screen adventures have already returned to delight their fans, although there is one popular series that will keep us waiting until the end of October. Netflix's Stranger Things will is set to arrive just in time for Halloween, and reveal what has happened to the residents of Hawkins, Indiana in the months since the demogorgon was vanquished. A new poster for Stranger Things 2 (as the Duffer Brothers are calling it) was just released, and it has us seriously worrying about poor little Will Byers.
While fans (and a constantly sobbing Winona Ryder) were thrilled to see Will come back from The Upside Down, it quickly became clear that something wasn't right. During Season 1's finale, we were shown how, despite his appearances, Will is still very much affected by his time in the alternate dimension. During Christmas as the Byers house, he threw up a slug into their bathroom sink. Soon the worlds quickly alternated, and he momentarily was back in The Upside Down version of his bathroom. What exactly happened to Will is one of the big mysteries going into the show's sophomore season.
Stranger Things' second season allows the character of Will Byers to become more fleshed out than he was in Season 1. As Will was missing from the majority of Season 1, we didn't get to see much of the character, or actor Noah Schnapp. But if the trailers are to be believed, Shnapp will be pulling off a heart wrenching performance in Stranger Things 2, as Will attempts to navigate the supernatural elements that continue to haunt him. Some fans even believe Will could end up being the second season's villain, as the darkness inside of him will presumably be a powerful force.
Alas, Stranger Things and Netflix have been keeping their cards relatively close the chest regarding Stranger Things' second go on the streaming service. But The Duffer Brothers have been taking their time in crafting the story, and the series moved from a summer show to a late October premiere. This long hiatus has been almost painful for the show's rabid fanbase. A sleeper hit, Stranger Things quickly became pop culture royalty that spawned endless amounts of Halloween costumes. Season 1 ended up being a critical darling as well, and the show managed to rack up and impressive 18 nominations in this year's Emmy Awards, winning five.
Stranger Things 2 will be released in its entirety on October 27, 2017. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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