Netflix hasn't announced a release date for Stranger Things Season 2 yet. But it likely won't arrive until this summer. A trailer is still a little ways into the future as far as new episodes are concerned. But we do have some fresh intel from a couple of folks involved with the production. Perhaps coolest of all is that one of the main actors returning to the show has revealed his ultimate fate.
Vanity Fair spoke with Noah Schnapp, who plays Will Byers, the young boy from Hawkins, Indiana who was trapped in the Upside Down. Schnapp didn't have much to do in the first 8 episodes, even though the entire story revolved around him. The young actor is coming back in a big way, though, and has been promoted to series regular for Stranger Things Season 2. He teases a gruesome transformation for Will Byers when the new episodes debut later this year.
"You'll be seeing more of me. I'll be there. In the last episode, I threw up a slug, so Season 2 begins with what happens from there. There may have been some effect on him. I may or may not have turned into a monster. You'll have to watch to find out."
Producer Shawn Levy has also chimed in on what can be expected out of these upcoming episodes. And it won't be for the faint of heart. Season 2, which is being set up more like a true movie sequel than an actual season of a TV show, will take place in 1984. And it will be curbing from some of the more popular horror movies of the time. This time around, the stakes are higher, and the body count will substantially grow. Levy says this about the return of Stranger Things.
"Season 2 is bigger and potentially darker in its stakes. The threat, which in Season 1 was to Will Byers, has grown. That's all I'm going to say! But, I will say Season 2 has a bigger cast and is definitely loyal to the kind of magical storytelling that we established in the first season. It's character-based and still about our core group of characters."
Stranger Things Season 2 will bring back the main cast including 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). Vanity Fair talked with Finn Wolfhard, who teased that they know everything about their characters this season. Here's what he had to say, explaining that they'll be taking their characters to the next level this season.
"Now that we've done a season, we know exactly about our characters. We are very conscious of them and can take them to the next level. I think we've grown up a little bit, and our characters have too. They have been through a lot and have used those experiences to help them grow and to be stronger in Season 2."
Along with the returning adult stars such as Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers and David Harbour as Sheriff Jim Hopper, there will a number of new cast members coming by this season. Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery are playing step-siblings Max and Billy, Sean Astin is playing the manager of the local Hawkins Radio Shack, while Paul Reiser will play a government official who comes to town to investigate what happened during the first season. Linnea Berthelsen is playing Roman, a damaged young woman who doesn't actually live in Hawkins, but is connected to the mysterious events of Stranger Things Season 1. Brett Gelman has also come aboard to play a former journalist turned conspiracy theorist who comes to Hawkins while investigating a cold case.