Stranger Things season two: When is it released on Netflix? Who is in the cast? How many episodes are there? The new trailer and more

Stranger Things was last year’s breakout hit for online streaming service Netflix, charming critics and viewers alike. But, will there be a season two? Here’s all you need to know.

Stranger Things introduced audiences to the world of the quiet town of Hawkins, Indiana. Well, quiet on the surface, anyway. As we soon discovered, things were anything but peaceful.

As the plucky band of kids looked for the truth behind their friend Will’s disappearance, they encountered monsters – both human and very, very un-human – and one very special little girl.   

The second season is the most highly anticipated TV show of the autumn and looks likely to become the biggest Netflix hit to date,

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Stranger Things season 2 - The Final trailer

 

Netflix released the new footage of season two in a trailer released on Friday the 13th. The spooky and terrifying trailer has got fans very excited about the new batch of episodes.

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What is Stranger Things season two’s release date?

Stranger Things season 2 is streaming now on Netflix.

What is the plot of Stranger Things season two?

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We don’t know a whole lot about the storyline, but the Duffer Brothers, along with cast members old and new, have let a few details slip. Season two will be set around Halloween one year after the events of season one.

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Season two will be set in 1984, back in Hawkins, Indiana. The town and its inhabitants are still struggling to come to terms with the events of season one. While we are set to find out more about Eleven’s history, and about what happened to Will in season one – there will also be a new ‘horror’ to be faced. Will it have something to do with the flashing red sky from the trailer?  

At a recent TV event in Los Angeles - at Netflix’s FYSee Space - cast and crew let a few additional details slip about the series' second season. According to TVLine, Noah Schnapp, who plays Will, said that season two will be "darker and more eerie", with Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike, adding: "Something happens to Will in the first couple of episodes that’s very, very disturbing."

Ross Duffer, one of the showrunners, confirmed at the same event that season two's monster will be more visible than the Demogorgon: "The horror is more up-close and personal." However, Ross's brother and fellow showrunner Matt Duffer reassured fans that Stranger Things hasn't gone completely dark, with season two maintaining a "sense of fun, which was so important to the first season. We didn’t want to lose that sense of wonder".

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Key questions for Stranger Things season two

  • Where is Eleven?

We just don’t know. However, Millie Bobbie Brown, who portrays Eleven, is back in the cast – and we caught a glimpse of the character in the trailer.

Some believe she may return in episode seven of season two – which is called The Secret Cabin. However, this is based on the fact that Hopper left some Eggos at a cabin in the woods in the season one finale. Will the Duffer Brothers leave it as late as seven out of nine episodes to reintroduce their breakout character? Or will El be reunited with Mike much sooner than that?   

  • Is Will OK? Or did he bring something back from Upside Down with him?

The last we saw of Will Byers was him coughing something very unpleasant up in the bathroom sink while the world around him appeared to flash back to Upside Down. So, is Upside Down finished with Will, or did he bring a part of it back into his world?

According to Stranger Things co-creator Matt Duffer, Will will continue to be haunted by Upside Down in season two. “He seems to be seeing images from the Upside Down—the question is whether they’re real or not.

“So it seems like he’s having some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Will’s PTSD is causing mother Joyce – played by Winona Ryder – more anxiety. As she did in season one, she struggles to keep everything – and everyone – together.

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  • Will there be love in the air for Joyce?

It seems that the answer to this is yes. However, it won’t be with Chief Hopper, as so many season one fans would like.

Instead, Joyce is going to be dating a new character, Bob, a former high-school classmate who returns to town.

Will this cause tension between Joyce and Hopper?

  • Is it the end of Dr Brenner?

Well, he’s no longer in charge of his lab – it falls to a new scientist, Dr Owens, to try to control the fall-out from the events of season one. The trailer features some sinister-looking men in yellow hazmat suits after all. But, is it the end of Matthew Modine’s Dr Brenner? Well a cryptic post on the actor’s Instagram account suggested that all might not be over for Dr Brenner. However, we’ll have to wait for season two to find out.

 

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  • Is Barb really dead?

Apparently, yes. Season one’s Barb proved to be a fan favourite, despite dying at the hands of the Demogorgon after playing a very unfortunate third-wheel to Nancy and Steve.

Many have hoped for a season two return for the beloved character, but star David Harbour, who plays Chief Hopper, has revealed that Barb is dead: “I can assure you Barb is very much dead.”

However, he also added that there would be some sort of resolution for Barb in season two: “We will tell you that we do deal with the loose ends in season 2, and we do deal with some of the internet rage over Barbs' death," Harbour said.

"We will have justice for Barb's death in some sense.”

How many episodes are there in Stranger Things season two?

A teaser trailer released by Netflix revealed the titles of each episode of season two. There will be nine episodes in Stranger Things season two. That’s one more episode than the eight of season one.

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What are the Stranger Things season two episode titles?

Episode 1 - Madmax

Episode 2 - The Boy Who Came Back to Life

Episode 3 - The Pumpkin Patch

Episode 4 - The Palace

Episode 5 - The Storm

Episode 6 - The Pollywog

Episode 7 - The Secret Cabin

Episode 8 - The Brain

Episode 9 - The Lost Brother

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Which characters are returning in Stranger Things season two?

Most of the key characters from season one are confirmed to return, among them all of the kids: Eleven, Mike, Will, Lucas and Dustin, plus the teens Nancy, Steve and Jonathan.

Winona Ryder and David Harbour are also back as Joyce and Chief Hopper.

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Who are the Stranger Things season two new cast members?

Aside from the familiar faces, some new cast members have been added for season two.

Sean Astin – who you might recognise from The Goonies and Lord of the Rings – is joining the cast to play Joyce’s love interest. Executive producer Shawn Levy explained: “Bob is new to our weird Hawkins group, but he’s immediately memorable and I think people are going to be very surprised by where that takes them this year.”

Another new face to Hawkins will be Paul Reiser, of Aliens fame, who plays Dr Owens – the man who has taken over the lab from Dr Brenner. But is he friend, or foe?

Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen is going to play Roman, who is not a Hawkins resident, but, in the words of the actress, is: “mysteriously connected to the supernatural events at the lab…”

Brett Gelman, from cult comedy Fleabag, plays a “disgraced journalist-turned-conspiracy theorist.”

Amongst the younger characters, there will be a new brother and sister duo in town: Max, a teenage girl about the same age as the other kids who is a bit of a tomboy, and her step-brother Billy, who will be the same age as the older teens.

Billy is played by Australian actor Dacre Montgomery, who has described him as: “an 18-year-old bad boy” while Max is played by Sadie Sink. Dacre adds: “I’ve got prosthetics, I’ve got a crazy car, I’ve got earrings and tats, and it’s so wild. My character is unpredictable. I’m playing the antagonist.”

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Will there be more seasons of Stranger Things?

The creators recently revealed that they envisage the hit series will draw to a close after four seasons.

“We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out,” Ross said during an interview published in the New York magazine on Monday.

“We just have to keep adjusting the story,” Matt added. “Though I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year.”

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