There is no doubt that the single most popular activity this upcoming Halloween will be, as it has always been, for kids to run around their neighborhood in costume begging for candy. However, for those who have outgrown trick or treating, a binge session of Stranger Things season 2 may very well be in order, since that is when Netflix is planning on releasing the new season of their hit sci-fi series. Now, to get fans even more excited for the series' return, Entertainment Weekly has debuted a brand new cover of their latest issue, which features a new look at the main kids all a little more grown up. And a completely new look for Eleven!
Entertainment Weekly revealed the cover recently, which features the five core, young cast members from Stranger Things front and center. The cover also boasts that this new issue of the magazine will feature the first look at Stranger Things season 2. Technically, the recently released teaser trailer for the show was the first look at the new season of Stranger Things, but EW will surely have some new details and photos in their latest issue. And perhaps they'll explain why Eleven is sporting one of the craziest perms we've ever seen? They did talk to some of those involved in the new season, including David Harbour, who plays Sheriff Hopper. Here is what he had to say about the show.
"It's really permeated the culture. People love the characters so much, and they have such an emotional response."
The cast and crew seem to know that expectations for Stranger Things season 2 are very high. Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin on the show says this.
"I always joke around with the Duffers, 'Why couldn't you make the first season just okay?' It's like how they never expected Barb to be a hit, they never expected the show to be as successful."
Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven, is still adjusting to the fact that people love the show and her character so much. She wouldn't say anything about her new do just yet. But she did say this about her brush with fame, and how she doesn't quite understand it all.
"I went to Manila last year; there were people camping outside the hotel, crying, and literally hyperventilating. I was like, 'Why do you like me so much? I'm just boring old Millie.'"
In addition to the cast members, EW also talked a bit with producer Shawn Levy, who said that the new challenge with Stranger Things season 2 is "quieting the cultural noise that surrounds our show." Matt Duffer and Ross Brother, who created Stranger Things, feel confident that they have a satisfying new season on the way for fans who loved the first. Here is what Ross Duffer had to say about it.
"It's a balance of the comfort you're familiar with but then trying to take it in new directions. That's what we're trying to strike with season 2."
Stranger Things season 2 will consist of 9 episodes, as opposed to the 8 that made up the show's first season, which is good news for those who plan on binge watching the series. Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Winona Ryder and David Harbour are all returning for Stranger Things season 2, with Sean Astin, Paul Reiser, Linnea Berthelsen, Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery all playing new characters. Be sure to check out the cast of Stranger Things on the cover of Entertainment Weekly for yourself below, and check out that strange new do for Eleven. What could it possibly mean? Has she been hiding in plain sight all along?