In the first season of Netflix’s critically-acclaimed series Stranger Things, audiences were immersed into the mysterious alternate dimension known as the “Upside Down”. This frightening place was where Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) and the corpse of Barbara “Barb” Holland (Shannon Purser) were found in the end of season one.
Unfortunately for Will, while he was rescued, he was last seen coughing up a slug, flashing back and forth in between our world and the Upside Down — thus, setting up for some even darker times ahead. When the adventure continues, the series picks up one year after the events of season one.
Schnapp himself, along with series creators The Duffer Brothers and executive producer Shawn Levy spoke to The Hollywood Reporter at the Netflix FYSee Space event on Tuesday night about the role of the Upside Down in the new season. Ross Duffer teased that “the Upside Down plays a major role in the upcoming season” before Schnapp elaborated on the shadow realms effects on Will’s well-being:
“You can see in the second season how the Upside Down affected Will. He is definitely holding back on what happens to him and keeps everything in.”
Executive producer Shawn Levy spilled some more details about the new season. He also discussed trying to repeat some of the magic found from the first season:
“The Duffers and I are slightly superstitious, so it was important to us that we replicate the mojo of season one, which meant the brothers kicked things off with episode one and two and then I do three and four. The first four episodes are exactly like season one.”
Levy also revealed what he thinks was the reason for the first season’s astronomical success and that the new season maintains the heart that the first season had:
“There’s a lot of talk about the move to darker threats and larger cinematic scale, but here’s the thing: Stranger Things works because we root for these kids and we root for these damaged characters that live on the margins. No one in the show is like perfect popular winner, everyone is struggling with the bit of that feeling of being on the outside looking in, and that’s true of the teenagers the adults and the kids and we know that what brought us here is characters that people connect to and feel authentic and that you root for so season two is every bit as loyal to character first.”
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.