‘Stranger Things’ Creators Revealed Some Season 2 Details About Barb, Eleven, And Monsters
The cast and crew of Stranger Things just wrapped on filming season 2 in Atlanta and are heading for the editing booth. Season 2 of Stranger Things will be released on Netflix this coming Halloween, and it’s almost certain to be the most successful Netflix release ever.
The show’s creators, brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, went on Variety’s ‘Remote Controlled’ podcast after they finishing filming Season 2 and discussed some of what fans can expect to see in the forthcoming season. You can find the full podcast below if you’re interested in listing to that, but I’ve pulled some excerpts for you bros out there that would rather read than listen.
The creators discussed their overall approach to Season 2 after the immense success of Stranger Things Season 1:
Adds Matt, “A lot of the story for Season 2 was figured before the show had come out, so we had the big beats figured out already. It was almost scarier last year.” (via)
They said that they won’t be bending to the demands of fans:
The reaction to the first season took them by surprise, but they took pains to make sure that that didn’t impact their approach to the writing of Season 2. “Some of the stuff that fans had been asking for, we wanted the same stuff,” says Matt. Adds Ross, “But the point is not to give everyone what they think they want. Because I don’t think they really know what they want.” (via)
Two of the most beloved characters, Eleven and Barb, came up in conversation and it looks like Barb is definitely coming back but we’re not really sure what that will look like just yet:
Naturally, they were reluctant to give away any spoilers. But they did allow that Millie Bobby Brown will, of course, be back (“We let her hair grow out”), that Season 2 will be centered around Noah Schnapp’s Will, and that new monsters will be introduced. “Hiding the monsters can be more effective than seeing it, so restraint can be a good thing,” admits Ross. Adds Matt, “I can’t talk too much about them, but they’re cool.”
And of course, there will be some recognition of dearly departed Barb. While she is still, in fact, dead, “There’s no resurrecting Barb,” they admit. “It was really surprising how much she took off,” Matt says. “I related to her, so I think other people did as well. (via)
So, we know that some new monsters are coming. Barb is returning but she isn’t coming back from the dead. Eleven’s grown her hair out. The new monsters might be hidden early on to build a lot of suspense. And the fans will get what we’re asking for, to a certain extent.
On that latter point, I take that to refer to the awesome 70’s and 80’s movie homages throughout the series. If I was a betting man, I’d bet that’s what the show’s creators are referring to when talking about what the fans want to see and in turn what they are willing to give the fans. Beyond that, we know that Stranger Things Season 2 is set to be a complete shit show with the Upside Down world opened.
Here’s that podcast for you bros out there that prefer getting your news that way: