It's been almost six months since Stranger Things debuted on Netflix last summer, and fans just can't get enough of this hit series. Several of the young stars were part of the opening musical number at the Golden Globes this weekend, where they even teased that Barb (Shannon Purser) is still alive, even though Millie Bobby Brown confirmed that Barb is still dead. Netflix hasn't issued a Season 2 premiere date yet, with production still under way, but producer Shawn Levy recently pulled back a few layers on the new season, which will be much darker this time around. Here's what he had to say.
"Season 2 is bigger and potentially darker in its stakes. The threat, which in Season 1 was to Will Byers, has grown. That's all I'm going to say! But, I will say Season 2 has a bigger cast and is definitely loyal to the kind of magical storytelling that we established in the first season. It's character-based and still about our core group of characters."
Vanity Fair also caught up with Noah Schnapp, who played Will Byers, the young boy everyone in Hawkins, Indiana was searching for. The young actor has been promoted to series regular for Stranger Things Season 2, teasing that there may be a gruesome transformation in store for Will Byers this season. Here's how he explains it.
"You'll be seeing more of me. I'll be there. In the last episode, I threw up a slug, so Season 2 begins with what happens from there. There may have been some effect on him. I may or may not have turned into a monster. You'll have to watch to find out."
Stranger Things Season 2 will also bring back the rest of the young cast, including Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler) and Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers). Vanity Fair also caught up with Finn Wolfhard, who teased that they know everything about their characters this season. Here's what he had to say below, saying they'll be taking their characters to the next level this season.
"Now that we've done a season, we know exactly about our characters. We are very conscious of them and can take them to the next level. I think we've grown up a little bit, and our characters have too. They have been through a lot and have used those experiences to help them grow and to be stronger in Season 2."
Along with the returning adult stars such as Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers and David Harbour as Sheriff Jim Hopper, there will a number of new cast members coming by this season. Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery are playing step-siblings Max and Billy, Sean Astin is playing the manager of the local Hawkins Radio Shack, while Paul Reiser will play a government official who comes to town to investigate what happened during the first season. Linnea Berthelsen is playing Roman, a damaged young woman who doesn't actually live in Hawkins, but is connected to the mysterious events of Stranger Things Season 1. Brett Gelman has also come aboard to play a former journalist turned conspiracy theorist who comes to Hawkins while investigating a cold case.