Last week, Entertainment Weekly released the first official image from the second season of the Netflix smash hit series Stranger Things revealing the young cast dressed up as the Ghostbusters for Halloween. Yesterday, we got a look at the kids on the cover of the Fall TV Preview but now EW has released another new image of the boys including Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Noah Schnapp trick or treating as the Ghostbusters from the upcoming season.
The cast and creators have also revealed plenty of new information regarding the highly anticipated second season. When we last saw Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), he had just coughed up a slug from the Upside Down before flickering in between both dimensions. At the end of the Super Bowl teaser for season two, the promo ended with what seemed like a dream like sequence that featured a Close Encounters-style shot of Will (Noah Schnapp) peering out his front door at a giant Lovecraftian monster looming over the town of Hawkins in a Mist-like storm with red lightning. The promo also featured a glimpse of a drawing of the same monster that is almost certainly drawn by Will given his artistic talents we saw in season one.
“He seems to be seeing images from the Upside Down—the question is whether they’re real or not,” teased co-creator Matt Duffer. “So it seems like he’s having some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder.”
We’ll have to wait to see whether Will’s vision of the monster was real or not, but one thing we know for sure is that Sean Astin’s character Bob Newby is Joyce Byers’ new boyfriend thanks to David Harbour revealing the information a few weeks ago at the Fan2Sea Comic Con cruise. Ryder opened about Joyce’s decision to date Bob (who is also the former classmate of Joyce and Chief Hopper):
“She’s trying to mask a lot. I think she’s made this choice with Bob because she wants a good father figure in her sons’ lives.”
In the season one finale of Stranger Things, Chief Hopper made the choice to give up the location of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) to the department of energy in order for him to save Will. Harbour revealed that his decision in the finale, as well as his failure to save Barb has weighed heavily on his character since the events of last season:
“It kind of falls on Hopper to be the voice of authority to say, ‘This did happen and this didn’t happen.” He’s struggling with the compromise that takes him to, having to lie and cover things up.”
But Hopper won’t be the only character still effected by the events of last season. When we pick up with both Mike and Nancy Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard and Natalia Dyer), they will still be reeling from the losses of both Eleven and Barb (Shannon Purser)
“She and Mike are both the most screwed-up because they’re the ones who both lost someone,” Ross Duffer revealed. “They’re both grappling with that, and we see the effects.”
Lastly, Matt Duffer teased two of the new characters joining the series. Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers) and Sadie Sink have joined the series as step-siblings Max and Billy who have just relocated to Hawkins from California. While Max will join the group of kids as the newest friend and attracts the romantic interests of both Dustin and Lucas (Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin), Max’s brother Billy — who has already been teased as violent and unpredictable — will become a new villain for the teens of Hawkins:
“Stephen King always has really great human villains. The evil in the real world is often as bad or worse than the supernatural evil, so we wanted to introduce a character like that.”
Season two of Stranger Things hits Netflix this Halloween.