It’s here, the first Stranger Things 2 trailer with a release date and look at what to expect next season. If you’re like me, then you were watching the Super Bowl at a fairly loud party last night and didn’t really get to pay attention to the trailer when it hit TV. That’s okay, we’ll go through everything you need to know about the Stranger Things Season 2 trailer below.
There are some minor Stranger Things spoilers in here, so if you haven’t yet watched Season 1 I suggest you do that before watching the Season 2 trailer. Moving on…
Firstly, we got the premiere date last night and now know that Stranger Things Season 2 will be released by Netflix on Halloween (October 31st, 2017). We also know that Eleven (or Elle), is alive and breathing.
Season 1 of Stranger Things on Netflix ended with some batshit crazy cliffhangers. Most notably, the absence of Eleven. There was a final scene in which Sheriff Jim Hopper, played by David Harbour, was bringing Eggo waffles (Eleven’s favorite snack) out into the woods and leaving them for Elle. Based on this scene I think we were led to believe that Elle was still alive because there would’ve otherwise been an accumulation of waffles.
Well, in the first Season 2 trailer for Stranger Things we see that Eleven is, in fact, alive. We also are introduced to the new monster.
Another major cliffhanger of Season 1 was Will Byers, the character stuck in ‘The Upside Down’, pulling some nasty creatures from his body. Based on that scene I think we were all safe to assume that The Upside Down ever fully closed and that it’s now leaking into the ‘normal’ world.
Stranger Things 2 will take place in the year 1984, and this means that we’ll get a bunch more cultural references and 1980’s easter eggs. Part of the charm of Season 1 was the show’s ability to constantly pay homage to Sci-Fi/Thriller films from the 1980’s, the Golden Age of those genres. Some films that are expected to be referenced in Stranger Things 2 include Gremlins, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Terminator, and Red Dawn.
As for that crazy spider monster in the sky, Stranger Things Executive Producer Shawn Levy previously told EW that ‘the Demogorgon was destroyed but evil wasn’t’. So this is most likely an evil creature coming out of The Upside Down. However, it is possible that the monster we see in this clip is actually a creature of good. We shouldn’t make the assumption that just because it’s horrifying it is out to kill.
Here’s a list of films that we can reasonably expect to be referenced in Stranger Things 2: