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UPDATE: Stranger Things Season 2 Sets Spooky Release Date

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Stranger Things Season 2 will be arriving on Halloween of 2017.

If you missed Super Bowl LI, you might have missed the latest promo for Stranger Things season 2. The promo, which is brief, and doesn’t reveal any particular story details, does provide a glimpse of something epic, in the form of some possibly massive, Cthulu style creatures coming out of the upside-down.

The promo also finally provides a specific release date, which is Halloween 2017. Definitely looking forward to some Stranger Things / Halloween crossover parties this year.

UPDATE 11-18-16: More New Characters For Stranger Things Season 2 Revealed

THR is reporting that actor Brett Gelman has now joined the cast for Stranger Things Season 2. He’ll be playing a character name Murray Bauman, who is being described as “a disgraced journalist-turned-conspiracy theorist who is investigating a cold case in Hawkins.

This now marks that 6th new character revealed for Season 2, rather than the four that we were initially told to expect. Which actually makes sense, because it would be hard to do a new season that both expanded the story and left Hawkins, and only introduced four new characters.

UPDATE 8-31-16: More New Characters For Stranger Things Season 2 Revealed

Back at the end of August, it was revealed that there would be four new characters planned for Stranger Things Season 2. And the next day, we got details on three of them, Roman, Max, and Billy. The roles of Max and Billy have been cast, and now, according to THR, so has the role of Roman. Even better, the new character count has increased from four to five, with the reveal of Bob Newby and Dr. Owens. Thankfully, the reveal of Newby and Owens is accompanied by casting news as well, and some character details.

So, here are the new casting details:

  • Roman – Linnea Berthelsen (up and coming Danish actress). In addition to the previous detail of being between age 30 and 38, the character is being described as “an emotionally damaged, magnetic young woman who suffered a great loss as a child.” She doesn’t live in the town of Hawkins, but she is “mysteriously connected to the supernatural events at the lab.
  • Bob Newby – Sean Astin (Samwise in the LOTR Trilogy, Rudy, Goonies). Newby is described as “a kind-hearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce and Hopper and now manages the local Hawkins Radio Shack.
  • Dr. Owens – Paul Reiser (TV’s Mad About You, Burke, the rat f*** son of a b**** that Hudson wants to grease in Aliens) Owens is a “high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a “clean-up” assignment who is tasked with containing the events of last year.

With each new reveal, I get more and more excited for Season 2 of Stranger Things.

Update 11-4-16: Netflix Reveals First Cast Photo for Stranger Things Season 2

Netflix has shared the first cast photo for Stranger Things season 2, and it shows that, yes, Eleven will be back. In addition to Season 1’s Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), the photo also includes newcomers Sadie Sink (Max) and Dacre Montgomery (Billy.)

In appropriate fashion, the photo, and text are upside-down:

Also expected to return are David Harbour (Sheriff Hopper), Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers) and Matthew Modine (Dr Martin Brenner).

Update 10-14-16: Casting for Two Stranger Things Season 2 Roles Announced

After learning about three of the four new characters debuting in the second season of Stranger Things last month, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that two of those roles, Max and Billy, have been cast.  If you don’t remember, Max is a confident 13-year-old female, and Billy is her overconfident 17-year-old stepbrother. Here’s who’s been cast in those roles:

  • Max – Sadie Sink. EW’s supplies some additional details on Max. In addition to being tough and confident, her “appearance, behavior and pursuits seem more typical of boys than of girls in this era.” She also has a “complicated history” which makes her suspicious of most people.
  • Billy – Dacre Montgomery. EW’s also got a few additional details about the character. “Billy, Max’s hyper-confident, and edgy older step-brother. He steals girlfriends away from their boyfriends, is great at drinking games, and drives a black Camaro.” Edgy? Well, apparently, under his charisma and charm lurks a violent and unpredictable nature.

Update 9-01-16: Three New Characters Revealed for Stranger Things Season 2

In a surprisingly quick move, after officially announcing the new season yesterday, and four new characters set for Season 2, THR is reporting the identity of three of those new characters.

According to executive producer Shawn Levy, the new characters will be “really intriguing” and span a range of ages and roles, but that they would still be focusing on “absolutely servicing the core group first and foremost.

The characters are:

  • Roman – A male or female of any ethnicity, between the age of 30 and 38. This character is set to be a series regular.
  • Max – A “tough and confident” thirteen-year-old female. This character is set to be a series regular.
  • Billy – Max’s stepbrother, a “super muscular, overconfident 17-year-old.” This character is listed as a potential series regular.

The plan is to reportedly begin shooting in October, through April next year. Also, we now have an official logline for Stranger Things season 2:

When terrifying supernatural forces once again begin to affect Hawkins, they realize Will’s disappearance was only the beginning. And so the adventure continues …

Original Post 8-31-16: Netflix Surprises No One with Stranger Things Season 2 Reveal

Yep. In a move completely anticipated by everyone on the planet, Netflix has officially confirmed Stranger Things Season 2. They’ve even released a nifty teaser for it, which lets us know it’s coming in 2017, and that it will have 9 episodes. Other than that, all we have to go on are the little bits of information the Duffer Brothers have been sharing over the past couple of weeks, and a new interview where they just dropped a few additional scraps (which we’ll get to that in a minute). Oh, also, if you haven’t had a chance to check out Stranger Things, there are absolutely spoilers. So, read at your own risk.

Stranger Things Season 2 Episode List

So, here are the titles of the nine episodes coming in Season 2:

  • Madmax
  • The Boy Who Came Back To Life
  • The Pumpkin Patch
  • The Palace
  • The Storm
  • The Pollywog
  • The Secret Cabin
  • The Brain
  • The Lost Brother
  • In the Fall of 1984, the Adventure Continues

Sorry. I thought that last episode title was a little strange.

Stranger Things Season 2 Teaser

Stranger Things Season 2: The Little We Know

Alright. Now that you’re appropriately teased, here’s what the Duffers had to say, speaking to EW. (Also, as an aside, I love how EW just *casually* slips this in, “Wanting answers immediately, EW called up creators the Duffer Brothers for an exclusive batch of season teases.” Must be nice…)

  • According to the Ross Duffer, the series was never really an anthology, though they thought about jumping forward to when the kids were older, in a different decade. “But for us, there’s still more story here [in the 1980s], there’s still things that are unresolved.
  • However, they aren’t necessarily planning on resolving everything, at least where Season 2 is concerned. According to Ross Duffer, “We don’t know about Eleven. We leave that up in the air.
    • (Basically, they haven’t figure out how to bring Eleven back yet, but they will.)
  • There will be four new characters in Season 2.
  • The Duffers are looking to the James Cameron method of sequels for guidance in Season 2. “I know movie sequels get a lot of s—, 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.” Which, OK, fine, but someone ought to point out to the Duffers that Temple of Doom wasn’t a great sequel to starthasn’t aged well, and is definitely not on the level of Aliens and Terminator 2.
  • They’ll be venturing a little outside the small town setting of Hawkins for the series, with the Duffers revealing specifically that the opening scene in the premiere isn’t set in Hawkins.
  • The Upside-Down will feature prominently in Season 2. “We obviously have this gate to another dimension, which is still very much open in the town of Hawkins. And a lot of questions there in terms of, if the Monster is dead, was it a singular monster? What else could be out there? We really don’t go in there much until they go in to find Will at the end … There’s a lot more mystery there to be solved.

Also, previously, the Duffers mentioned that they’d be revisiting the question of Barb. And finally, in a tweet just after the announcement, David Harbour has revealed what Sheriff Hopper will be up to in Season 2:

Let’s see, smoking, beer, coffee, aliens, more smoking, and punching people. Yep, that sounds like Hopper.

So, there you have it. Stranger Things Season 2 is official, and arriving next year. Now if they can just get that video game confirmed and official as well.

So, what do you think? Are you ready for a return to Stranger Things?

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