Things To Expect In STRANGER THINGS Season 2

Last year when Stranger Things debuted on Netflix, no one knew exactly how much of a phenomenon it was going to become. Now, after a year hiatus, Season 2 of Stranger Things is arguably the most anticipated season of a TV series ever and for good reason. During the last season of Stranger Things, fans were left with a feeling of both impending change and uncertainty. The fate of Eleven was left up in the air and Will Byers did not come back from the Upside Down fully himself. With a bunch of question waiting to be answered and many more questions left to be asked, fans are more than ready and waiting for Season 2 to come out on October 27, 2017.

That Hashtag Show attempted to gain answers to fans’ questions regarding Season 2 of Stranger Things at San Diego Comic-Con this year. We asked the cast, the Duffer Brothers, and the producer Shawn Levy questions about what we should expect regarding the upcoming new season, how character interactions may have changed this season, and what we can expect from the new characters introduced this season.

One thing I love about Season 1 is the chemistry of all the kids. How was Will’s relationship now that we are in Season 2 now that he is with the other characters?

Shawn Levy: What is really a charming aspect of Season 2 is Mike is really protective of Will. You got a glimmer of that in Season 1 but, what we realize now that Will is back in school, back enrolled, even though they are peers, Mike Wheeler is protective of Will Byers. He’s a little smaller. There’s something innocent and, of course, damaged about Will and Finn plays this beautiful, big brother protectiveness towards Will that is really lovely and very much a part of Season 2. Something that I loved when it was announced was the episode titles for Season.

I know we pick up a year later in the storyline. What are some of the character interactions that may have changed with that year time passing?

DUFFER BROTHERS: Everybody has been affected by what has happened and a lot of it, though, obviously they all went through this traumatic experience and they’ve swept it under the rug a little bit as is human nature. You want to try to pretend it’s not there, but it is very much there all of these issues and scars. You know, Will, no one treats him the way they did before. His parents don’t treat him the same way. His friends don’t treat him the same way. His schoolmates don’t treat him the same way. So you start to see those issues bubble up to the surface starting with episode one.

Stranger Things Season 2. Tell me a little rundown about your character.

Dacre Montgomery: He’s a bit of an antagonist to be honest. The reference from these boys over here – the Duffer Brothers – was kind of like Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Somebody with an unpredictable nature. Somebody who sort of unnerves the audience. A bit of spice placed in this amazing recipe that has been so tasty and has been so successful. He blows through town. He comes from out of town from California. He ruffles a few feathers and I think that sums him up without giving too much away.

There’s a lot of new characters this season. Can you tell me a little bit about your

interactions with some of those characters?

Natalia Dyer: Yeah. A little bit. Anytime you bring a new character into such a small group of

people in a small town like Hawkins, it kind of shakes things up. I do interact with all of them at
some point. I don’t know how much I can say about it, but I guess what I can say is that they all
play a vital role in what goes down.

One of the characters that completely blew up last year was Barb. Now I’m hearing a lot about Bob, Sean Astin’s character. Can we talk a little bit about him and do you think he will be as beloved a character as Barb was?

 

DUFFER BROTHERS: It’s hard to know. I mean, we weren’t expecting the Barb phenomenon. But I will say he has more lines than Barb. And Sean Astin is, he’s one of those guys that he wasn’t initially how we were envisioning the role but, once he came on board and once we started seeing what he was doing with his character, he just changed the entire trajectory, really of some of the plot of the show and certainly of that character. He’s an incredibly likable guy in real life and then also hopefully in the show. I love Bob. I think other people will too.

 

But Barb may have been lightning in the bottle. I don’t know. We are not with any character trying to create a new Barb. It’s a fruitless exercise.

 
You bring up a great point. Barb was a huge fan favorite of last year. Is there Barb-esque characters that fans will attach to?
Shawn Levy: Yes. It’s Sean Astin. Yeah. Sean Astin as Bob is going to be, I’m saying it, but he’s kind of going to be the Barb of Season 2. His part is substantially bigger. He’s in a lot of episodes. He is magnificent. And one thing the Duffers do really well is when they see what an actor is capable of, they write to that. They don’t make the actor play what’s on the page. They often change what’s on the page to exploit everything that’s unique about that actor. They did it with Steve Harrington last season and this season again and they did it big time with Sean Astin who as Bob I think is going to be a Barb level fan favorite.
 

Something I always heard about last season was that this was going to be an anthology. Stranger Things Season 1 and Season 2 were going to be completely different. Was there any truth to that or was it always going to follow the same story?

DUFFER BROTHERS: There is some truth to that. Yeah. That was when we were pitching it. That was true. Cause we looked at Stephen King’s IT and we liked that time jump that they made so we kind of pitched that as a way and then Netflix was really interested in it as a series. Because rightfully so! There were like, “I think people are going to fall in love with these kinds. We are going to invest so much time with them, we’re going to want to continue our journey with them.” And they were right. Once we started building a writers room and working on the show, we started to develop it and plan a multiple season arc.

What is your favorite episode title for Season 2 and why?

Shawn Levy: I am trying to remember them because a couple of them might be changing.

Do you know what a pollywog is?

No, but we have a park where I live called Pollywog Park.

Shawn Levy: No connection. So, no connection but the pollywog is just a weird word and I had to look up what it is. It’s kind of like a tadpole and I like that it makes us lean intoo wondering what that could be about and the answer, when you see it, is very satisfying.

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