A few weeks ago, the hit Netflix series launched a new social media campaign called #StrangerThursdays, which kicks off every Thursday morning with a new poster that pays homage to a genre classic, with the tradition continuing today. This week's #StrangerThursday kicked off with a new poster that connects the world of Hawkins, Indiana to Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi horror classic Alien. The previous #StrangerThursdays posters have paid homage to Stand By Me, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and last week's entry, which portrayed Sheriff Jim Hopper (David Harbour) as The Running Man.
This poster debuted on the Stranger Things Twitter this morning, which riffs on the iconic Alien image of the green face hugger alien egg cracking open,. This new version is more consistent with the mysterious world known as the Upside Down. The poster even modified the legendary Alien tagline, "In space no one can hear you scream," with "In the Upside Down, no one can hear you scream." This poster also makes sense for this upcoming season, since we recently learned that fans will get to spend much more time in the Upside Down.
Back in March, Stranger Things composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein teased in an interview that, "the Upside Down will be more of a place" and that fans will spend more time there, which will lead the composers to craft much more "weird music" for the Upside Down scenes in the show. The composers didn't offer any concrete details about why the Upside Down will be shown more, or what fans may see there, but, with more trips to the Upside Down, it's possible that we may run into the beloved Barb (Shannon Purser) once again. Star David Harbour also teased that there will be "justice for Barb" this season, although he would not elaborate on what exactly he meant by that statement.
The series will be set one year after the events of the first season, on Halloween 1984, where we have already seen that the main kids will be going out trick or treating dressed as the Ghostbusters. We also recently learned that Stranger Things Season 2 may uncover the secret past of Sheriff Jim Hopper. We learned in the first season that Hopper hasn't quite been the same since he lost his daughter to cancer, after an experimental procedure failed. There has been speculation that the secretive lab MKUltra may have been conducting these experiments on his daughter, and that she actually may still be alive, but those details have yet to be confirmed.
We also learned just a few days ago that Stranger Things Season 3 has already been confirmed by series creators Matt and Ross Duffer, who added that they are envisioning a four-season arc for the show, since they will ultimately just have to, "get the f--k out of this town." While that end game hasn't been set in stone yet, Stranger Things Season 2 will bring back 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), along with adult stars Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers) and David Harbour (Sheriff Hopper). New cast members this season include Sean Astin as Bob Newby, the local Radio Shack manager who starts dating Joyce, Paul Reiser as Dr. Owens, a high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a 'clean-up' assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year and Linnea Berthelsen as Roman, a young woman who doesn't live in Hawkins but has a mysterious connection to the events that took place at MKUltra. Tkae a look at the new Stranger Things Season 2 poster that pays homage to Alien.