Netflix has been rolling out new Stranger Things 2 posters for their weekly #StrangerThursdays initiative, where each one-sheet pays homage to a classic movie from the 1980s, but today, we have a much different poster, that starts the countdown to Halloween. The series kicks off on Friday, October 27, but the show itself will open on Halloween in the year 1984, one year after the events that transpired in the first season, and we know that this group of young kids in Hawkins, Indiana will be dressing up as the Ghostbusters for Halloween, but before the trick or treating starts, there seems to be some sinister activity at the local pumpkin patch. This poster offers a glimpse at Sheriff Jim Hopper (David Harbour) investigating some supernatural activity that has turned some of these pumpkins rotten.
While there is no indication of what exactly happened to these pumpkins, they certainly don't seemed to have rotted naturally, and there is likely some sort of supernatural element at play. The last time we saw Sheriff Hopper was on another poster for the #StrangerThursdays weekly poster rollout, where he was paying homage to the 1987 classic The Running Man. With just under a month until the new season arrives, it remains to be seen if any more footage will be released, but it seems likely that the #StrangerThursdays posters will continue until the October 27 premiere. It's possible that the show's marketing team is saving the most obvious poster for last, Ghostbusters, since we've already seen photos of the Hawkins kids dressed up as Ghostbusters.
It should be quite the interesting season for Hopper, since we've heard some details about what's been going on in his life since the first season. There was a report from July which teased this new season will reveal Hopper's secret past. The release of a mysterious timeline has lead some to speculate that Hopper's own daughter, who he lost to cancer after an experimental treatment went bad, was one of MKUltra's early experimental victims who didn't survive the treatment. Naturally, that hasn't been confirmed, but another report claims that Hopper has started to develop romantic feelings for Joyce Byers, after spending all of last season looking for her son Will (Noah Schnapp), although Joyce has already started dating someone else.
One of the several new characters surfacing this season is Sean Astin's Bob Newby, the manager of the local Radio Shack in Hawkins, Indiana, who went to high school with both Joyce and Hopper. Apparently, Hopper isn't too thrilled with Joyce dating Bob, which causes a bit of a love triangle between the main adult characters this season. There will also be a love triangle of sorts between the young characters as well, with newcomer Sadie Sink playing the tomboy Max, who attracts the affections of both Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin) and Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo). Other newcomers coming aboard this season are Brett Gelman, who plays a conspiracy theorist arriving in Hawkins after the events of the first season, Paul Reiser as a government agent on a clean-up mission following last season, and Dacre Montgomery as this season's "human villain," Billy, Max's step-brother.
Stranger Things season 2 is set in 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demagorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived. Returning stars include ara Buono as Karen Wheeler, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler and Joe Keery as Steve Harrington. It has been confirmed that fan favorite character Barb (Shannon Purser) will not be returning, but there wil be "justice" fr her character, who was savagely taken to the Upside Down and killed. While we wait for more on this hit series, take a look at this new poster, which comes courtesy of Stranger Things Twitter