The cast and creators of the Netflix smash hit series Stranger Things were in attendance at Netflix’s FYSee Space in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night in which the talents offered up some interesting new details regarding the upcoming sequel season, Stranger Things 2.
The series picks up a year following the events of season one in the fall of 1984 and things are very much not okay with Chief Hopper trying to control the narrative surrounding the experiment gone wrong at the Hawkins Lab while Will (Noah Schnapp) is clearly affected by his time spent in the upside down.
On the Red Carpet at the event, series co-creator Matt Duffer gave an idea of what to expect at the start of the new season telling Mashable:
“We start where there’s this facade and everything seems fine but then you realize there’s all these cracks and everything is not okay. Then it sort of begins to slowly unravel from there.”
Matt’s twin brother and series co-creator Ross Duffer added some insight into where we find the characters at the start of the new adventure:
“When something traumatic happens, I do think there’s this human tendency to want to suppress it and not confront it and not really deal with it. So we wanted to play with that idea that you can’t hide from this. People aren’t able to heal unless they’re about to actually deal with what’s happened.”
One character who will still be reeling at the start of season two is Mike Wheeler played by Finn Wolfhard. At the end of season one (spoiler alert), Mike lost his crush Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) when she made the ultimate sacrifice for her newfound friends and disappeared (seemingly for good) when she confronted the Demogorgon and tore open a hole in space-time.
Wolfhard was also on hand and gave some insight into how the loss of Eleven has affected Mike when we pick up with the brave Dungeon Master in season two:
“He’s kind of given up in the sense that he has nobody to fight for anymore. His appearance is kind of dimmed sort and he’s sort of like a ghost. He doesn’t really get bullied anymore but he’s sort of just there. He’s one of those guys that’s just around.”
Ross Duffer added that Mike himself is the most visibly affected character after what happened and that he might not be the leader he was in the first season:
“I think Mike is probably the most outwardly affected when we first pick up because of his relationship with Eleven and what happened there. I think it’s interesting to see because he was clearly the de facto leader early on and we see him take a step back.”
As we already know, season two will explore the consequences of Will’s time spent in the upside down. At the close of season one, we saw him (spoiler alert) cough up a slug and flash in between our dimension and the upside down. The best friend anyone could ask for, Gaten Matarazzo who plays Dustin Henderson teased how the boys are trying to handle what happened to their best friend “trying that whole ‘pretend it didn’t happen’ thing.”
Wolfhard added that the boys are trying to gain an understanding about what has happened to their best friend Will, just as his mother, Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) is as well:
“We’re basically just finding out more and more about [Will], trying to find out what’s wrong with him. He’s having very weird psychological and physical effects from everything. He’s trying to deal with it; Joyce is trying to deal with it as well.”
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), Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers), Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen, and broadway star Sadie Sink 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.