Netflix made the announcement everyone knew was coming yesterday, when they officially issued a renewal for Stranger Things Season 2. Series creators Ross Duffer and Matt Duffer also revealed a number of episode titles including the Season 2 premiere dubbed MadMax, which we have now learned is a direct connection to one of the new characters named Max. Max is reportedly one of three new major characters who will be coming to Hawkins, Indiana in the hit series.
While the episode title, which was revealed in the first trailer for Season 2, is an obvious homage to the Mad Max movie series, this character Max is actually a girl. TV Line reports that the character is described as a "tough and confident" female between the ages of 12 and 14, whose "appearance, behavior and pursuits seem more typical of boys than of girls in this era." Max will use a skateboard as her primary method of transportation, unlike the main characters who all ride bikes.
It's possible that this Max character could be replacing Millie Bobby Brown's Eleven, since the Duffer Brothers teased that her involvement in Season 2 is "up in the air," although the rest of the main cast members are slated to return. The other new characters are Billy, "Max's very muscular and hyper-confident" older brother who drives a Camaro, and Roman, a "gender-neutral" character who is seeking revenge after suffering a great loss early on in his life. None of these characters have been cast at this time, but they will all be series regulars.
Netflix confirmed yesterday that Stranger Things Season 2 will span nine episodes, one more than the eight-episode first season, with the Season 2 premiere airing sometime in 2017. The Duffer Brothers also confirmed that the second season will be set in the year 1984, one year after the events of the first season. The other episode titles after MadMax include The Boy Who Came Back To Life, The Pumpkin Patch, The Palace, The Storm, The Pollywog, The Secret Cabin, The Brain and The Lost Brother.
The Duffer Brothers will return for all episodes to executive produce alongside 21 Laps' Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen. Sadly, the Duffer Brothers recently revealed that the breakout character Barb, played by Shannon Purser, will most likely not return, after she was killed by the Demogorgon and taken to the mysterious Upside Down. It isn't known when production may begin on Stranger Things Season 2 but we'll be sure to keep you posted with all of the latest updates.