A few days ago, Netflix released a 12-second clip to promote the Stranger Things Season 2 panel at San Diego's Comic-Con and it subtly paid tribute to Barb from the first season by showing the pool that she disappeared from. Underneath the video was a caption that read "Nothing ever went back to normal." And now we have the first full length trailer for Stranger Things Season 2 and it looks like we're all in for a frightening treat when October rolls around. 

We all know what happened to poor Will Byers in the first season and we also know that something strange came back with him from the Upside Down, which could very well be what the caption for the 12-second clip was all about. At any rate, season 2 is going to focus a lot more on young Will and his experience in the Upside Down with the Demogorgon. The trailer seems to have a darker undertone than season one with an uncomfortable feeling. Adding to the dark undertones and general uncomfortableness is the sound design with the familiar arpeggiated synthesizer playing a sequence that is reminiscent to the Stranger Things theme, but it's slightly off and sounding even darker if you can imagine that. On a lighter note, Barb is gone, but certainly not forgotten as you will see in the new trailer from San Diego Comic-Con. Here's the official Netflix synopsis.

It's 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon 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.

Stranger Things Season 2 will feature 9 episodes this time around as opposed to the 8 episodes of the first season, all with interesting titles. Episode 1 is called MadMax while episode 2 is called The Boy Who Came Back to Life. The first title is a reference to one of the new characters, Max and the second episode obviously is directly related to Will Byers. Season 2 also takes place in the fall of 1984, one year after the events of the first season. One of the major reasons behind the decision of picking up a year later was to keep up with the young actors ages in real-life, which was a smart decision logistically as well as for storytelling purposes.

Stranger Things, created by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer, debuted in July of 2016 on Netflix and within days, fans were already wondering about a second season. The show took place in the 1980s and did a wonderful job of hitting all of the tropes of an 80s movie without being too heavy handed. The show mixed nostalgia with an amazing cast of young actors and actresses who became breakout stars seemingly overnight. The show reportedly became the third highest streamed program on Netflix at the time, behind Fuller House and Orange is the New Black. While this is billed as a second season, the Duffer Brothers have hinted on more than one occasion that focus may shift, meaning all of the characters return, but the focus will shift to different characters, possibly even new characters. 

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The official trailer for Stranger Things Season 2 is finally here and we don't have too much longer to wait to see the whole series. The official stream date is October 27th, 2017 at 12:01AM, just in time for Halloween and all of those Stranger Things themed costume parties that will undoubtedly happen. In the meantime, check out the brand-new trailer for Stranger Things Season 2 below.

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