Gaten Matarazzo, the young actor best known for his performance as Dustin Henderson in Netflix’s smash hit series Stranger Things, has revealed season 2 will explore why Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) was taken by the Demogorgon at the start of season one.
When the series returns for what has been teased as a sequel to the sci-fi horror series this October, the adventure continues one year later in the fall of 1984 with the characters still reeling from the experiment gone wrong at the Hawkins National Laboratory as they struggle to return to a sense of normalcy. While the first season concluded with enough resolution to satisfy fans had the series not been greenlit for a season two, it left enough loose threads to keep the story going as Will was clearly affected by his time spent in the Upside Down, the interdimensional gate still open at the lab, and the possibility that Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) could still be alive.
In a recent interview with Paste Magazine, Matarrazo opened up, teasing that the series will explore why Will was taken at the start of season one and how Hawkins will be affected by the interdimensional rift at the Department of Energy:
“There are certainly a lot of questions to answer—not just ‘what’ but ‘why.’ Why was Will taken? What is the Upside Down, really, and what effect will it have on Hawkins? I can’t say much, but I can say that the rift is still there. It was never closed, so it’s probably only been getting bigger.”
In the first season, Will was taken by the Demogorgon after he rolled a seven while playing Dungeons & Dragons which resulted in him losing against the Demogorgon in game. The boys later used the fantasy board game to help themselves understand the Upside Down and what was happening in the world around them, however, it was never made clear whether or not the game itself had a direct connection to Will’s disappearance. It seemed Will was in the wrong place at the wrong time as he happened to cross the Demogorgon’s path as the monster was in pursuit of Eleven after she unleashed it from the Upside Down and escaped the lab but perhaps there is more to this. It has already been confirmed that D&D will continue to play an important role in the series going forward so it’s possible the game could help the boys understand why the Demogorgon chose to let Eleven go and pursue Will in the opening of the series.
As for Matarazzo’s comments on the gate and Hawkins itself, the Super Bowl spot teased that the world was turning upside down so it’s possible the ’80s homage could be drawing some inspiration from the 1987 horror flick The Gate.
The young actor also commented on how the boy’s view Will now that it’s clear something is wrong with him as we have already seen he’s being taken back to the lab for testing the night before Halloween in the teaser:
“I don’t know if ‘suspicious’ is the right word, but they’re definitely worried about his well-being and keeping an eye on him. He’s definitely different than he was before he went to the Upside Down—not only is he stressed out, but he’s obviously coughing up slugs into sinks! He seems sicker than he was before he went there. But at the same time, I think the kids are sort of trying to pretend it didn’t happen and get back to normal, but it’s in the back of all our minds. Our friend was taken to another dimension and nearly killed. The audience does get to know Will better this time.”
Stranger Things 2 stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, and Noah Schnapp. The series has also added Sean Astin (The Goonies), Paul Reiser (Aliens), Brett Gelman (Jobs), and Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen into the mix as well.
Stranger Things 2 hits Netflix this Halloween. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Stranger Things as we learn it.
Source: Paste Magazine
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Netflix’s smash hit Stranger Things became an instant pop culture phenomenon after its debut last July. The Netflix Original not only pays homage to ’80s pop culture, Stranger Things actually lives up to its predecessors and deserves a place next to them on the shelf. Chances are you, or someone you know is completely obsessed with the show.
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