Stranger Things season 2 may still be a few months away, but fan excitement is already through the roof. And as more information is trickled through the press, the anticipation for the Emmy Award-winning series shifts as well. The most recent hint about season 2 could be the darkest yet: We’re going to see more of the Upside Down.
So, remember the world where the Demogorgon lived and fed? Where Will Byers had been trapped and nearly had the life literally sucked out of him? We’ll be spending more time there than ever.
Real? Or Just PTSD?
Speaking at South by Southwest (SXSW) this week, composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein dropped the hint.
“There are new characters, fun, and the Upside Down will be more of a place… you’ll spend more time,” Dixon said, “So we’ll make a lot more weird music this time around.”
When Stranger Things season 1 ended, Will Byers had successfully been rescued from the Upside Down. But then there came the slug-like creature he regurgitated into the sink – obviously some kind of remnant from the Demogorgon. A vision in the bathroom then briefly turned his surroundings into the dark dimension where he’d been trapped for majority of the whole season.
“The question is whether they’re real or not,” co-creator Matt Duffer said, earlier in the year. “So it seems like he’s having some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder.”
A ton of fan theories have already popped up regarding the nature of the Upside Down, and the role it will play for Stranger Things season 2’s plot.
One theory suggests that the world is actually Hawkins’ future – the result of a nuclear event. Fans have pointed out a huge monster visible in the Super Bowl teaser. Perhaps, the government wanted to wipe out the town with a bomb? Meanwhile, others believe that it’s not an “evil” dimension, but simply an alternate form of Hawkins being attacked by a force from a third dimension.
Let’s not forget that Stranger Things season 2 will feature a host of new characters joining Mike, Dustin, Nancy, and company.
Siblings Billy (Dacre Montgomery) and Max (Sadie Sink) are among the newcomers. The 17-year-old Billy has been described as violent, edgy, and overconfident. 13-year-old Max, meanwhile, has been described as “cool” and a skateboarder. It’s Max who gets involved with Mike and the gang, and will apparently face some romantic tension with Dustin and Lucas.
Sean Astin, meanwhile, will be playing Joyce’s old high school classmate Bob. Season 2 will see them dating, as Joyce seeks a new father figure for her kids.
Stranger Things season 2 will be released on Netflix on Halloween – Oct. 31, 2017.