Darker Stranger Things Will Make Demogorgon ‘Quaint’
There’s a lot of television the public is anxiously waiting on right now. Winter is on its way, the Saint of Killers is about to make an appearance, and apparently this Halloween, we’re going to have the crap scared out of us. The cast and show runners of Stranger Things have warned us that season two is going to be darker and scarier than last season. Bring it on.
The season will focus on Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) after his return from the Upside Down. A year after the events of season one, the place still has (understandably) a major impact on him, and his friends are ill equipped to know how to handle that. Co-creator Matt Duffer has said it’s like PTSD. He is still seeing images from the place but can’t decipher whether they’re real or imagined. And what about that slug-like thing he coughed up when we saw him last? Finn Wolfhard who plays Mike Wheeler told TVLine “something happens to Will in the first couple of episodes that’s very, very disturbing.” As if vomiting slugs wasn’t bad enough.
Ross Duffer has promised us the horror will be front and center this season, not like last season where most of the scary stuff happened off screen (although that thing in the wall was pretty freaky for me). Producer Shawn Levy told the GoldDerby podcast that “the forces of evil” make the Demogorgon look “quaint.” The Super Bowl trailer gave us a glimpse of the new big bad, and if that’s the disturbing event Wolfhard is talking about, we are in for a crazy ride.
Other characters will be taking different arcs this season. Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) will have a new man in her life, Bob Newby (Sean Astin), who she hopes can be a better role model for her boys. Police Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) has said that his character has now been given a renewed interest in life as he tries to keep the events secret from the rest of the town. He also told Digital Spy that episodes four and five – titled “The Palace” and “The Storm” – are “epic.” New characters are introduced that will possibly create an interesting dynamic between the friends. Episode one is titled MadMax, apparently referencing new character Max (Sadie Sink) who will cause some romantic feelings for Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin). And hopefully we’ll find out what’s happened with everyone’s favorite Eggo fanatic, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown).
Levy also has said that some fans will be disappointed in the storylines, and gave poor Barb (Shannon Purser) as an example. But he did promise we’ll see some justice for her and that ultimately we’ll be satisfied with the storylines and hopefully begging for a season three. So be prepared for every feel imaginable when all nine episodes of Stranger Things drop on Netflix on October 31st. Trick or treat indeed!