We’re still months away from Stranger Things Season 2 release. While the show’s first season finale tied up some loose ends set up in the initial eight-episode arc, it also left us some questions that won’t be answered until the show returns this Halloween. Is Eleven really alive? What happens to Will? And what’s that gigantic creature in the trailer?
We’ve gobbled up every clue about what’s in store for us fans when Stranger Things Season 2 hits Netflix later this year. Fair warning, though, there are spoilers ahead so read at your own risk.
The Demogorgon & Eleven’s Whereabouts
The last time we saw Eleven, she was enveloped with the Demogorgon’s destruction which was broken down into particles of matter and disappeared. Naturally, what happens to El –whether she was destroyed along with the monster or if she was transported elsewhere –is something we’d have to find out ourselves next season. But one thing we know for sure is that Millie Bobby Brown is returning as the Eleven next season.
She confirmed this back in November when she posted a photo of a table read on Twitter. But where would Eleven be when Season 2 kicks off?
— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) November 4, 2016
It’s more likely that Eleven was transported to another dimension through or with the Demogorgon. As seen from the past episodes, the monster retreats to the Upside Down whenever it has an injury. That’s what it did after Nancy, Jonathan, and Steve’s attack. But, we don’t know what happens to the creature when it dies.
To be fair, we don’t even know if it really died. There’s no precedence within the show for what those particles mean nor what a Demogorgon on the brink of death is capable of. If it’s alive but isn’t in the Upside Down, predictions are it might have traveled to an entirely new dimension and carried El along with if it.
Will & The Boys
Will is finally back on the real world when the show ended. However, he’s not doing great. Not only does he suffer from some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder, he might have taken a little bit of the Upside Down with him too. When he went into the family bathroom in Season 1’s last episode, he coughed up what looked like a gigantic green slug and the extent of what it meant wasn’t clear. Could it be that he’s turning into some kind of Demogorgon?
Noah Schnapp, who plays the role of the Will, says Season 2 begins with what happens from that moment. “There may have been some effect on him,” he teased. “I may or may not have turned into a monster. You’ll have to watch to find out.”
Regardless, his condition will take a toll on his family and friends. Gaten Matarazzo, AKA Dustin, teased that everybody is emotionally scarred. “They feel alone because their best friend is back and he’s not acting like their best friend anymore. He’s changed.”
Thankfully, there will be someone who might at least divert some of the boys’ attention. Sadie Sink has previously been cast as Max for Season 2. Her character, who is a tomboy and “tougher than she looks, becomes friends with the boys and particularly gets the romantic interest from Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Dustin.
The Upside Down
The lab is still open, as is the Upside Down rift, according to Mirror. Although they did not go into specifics, Stranger Things composers hinted the Upside Down would play a bigger part next season. On a guest Spotify podcast for South by Southwest, Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein said: “The Upside-Down will be more of a place… you’ll spend more time. So we’ll make a lot more weird music this time around.”
But it looks like the Upside Down’s role isn’t the only thing that’s getting bigger. The trailer for Season 2 featured a monster standing on six or seven legs over the trees of the Upside Down version of Hawkins Indiana. As usual, we’ll have to wait for the premiere to know what it really is. But some fans think the new monster resembles the Thessalhydra the kids were battling in their Dungeons and Dragons game.
In the game, the hydra infects hosts with larvae to reproduce and it has many heads that regrow when they are cut off. Of course, Season 1’s original villain, the Demogorgon, was not a direct adaptation of the Dungeons and Dragons monster so can expect the same for this new creature. Either way, there are speculations that the Thessalhydra might be the Upside Down’s big bad for the new season.
Stranger Things Season 2 Release
The new season of Netflix’s breakout sci-fi series is due for “Halloween” 2017. The streaming giant usually drops its originals on Fridays or Tuesdays, so we might get Stranger Things Season 2 Episode 1 on Friday, October 27. Set on Halloween 1984, the show’s sophomore run has a whopping nine episodes. Check out their official titles below:
1 – ‘Madmax’
2 – ‘The Boy Who Came Back to Life’
3 – ‘The Pumpkin Patch’
4 – ‘The Palace’
5 – ‘The Storm’
6 – ‘The Pollywog’
7 – ‘The Secret Cabin’
8 – ‘The Brain’
9 – ‘The Lost Brother’
Netflix has yet to renew the series for a third season, but executive producer and director Shawn Levy say it’s already in the planning stages. Here’s what he said:
“As the episodes were written by the Duffers, they realized that there was too much story for nine episodes. So it forced us to be judicious in which stories we tell this season. So one of the surprises was, not all of our grand ideas are going to be serviced in one season… If we had 40 ideas going into the season, 30 [we] are going to pick, and the rest go in the back of our head for, hopefully, future chapters.”
Any thoughts about Stranger Things Season 2? Where do you think is Eleven? What’s the most plausible thing that could happen to Will? Sound off in the comments below!