Like a creature from an alternate dimension that feeds on the blood of innocent children, Netflix came out of nowhere today to announce Stranger Things, the streaming giant’s monster summer hit, is getting a second season in 2017.
“In the fall of 1984,” the teaser trailer says, “the adventure continues.”
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, series creators The Duffer Brothers revealed season two will be bumped up to nine episodes, which may explain the nine phrases which flash through the teaser trailer (“Madmax”, “The Boy Who Came Back to Life”, etc etc…). The Duffers also played coy with the whereabouts of Eleven following the season one finale, but did confirm the core cast of characters will return.
Except for Barb, because Barb is totally dead. Moment of silence for Barb.
If you’re unaware–and honestly, go catch up if you are–the aforementioned “adventure” that requires continuing refers to the time small-town crew of misfits Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) team up with a mysterious, telepathic little girl named Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) to find their missing friend Will (Noah Schnapp). Will, of course, has been pulled into another dimension called The Upside Down by a Demogorgon. Also, Winona Ryder is around talking to Christmas lights, and there’s a possibility Jean Ralphio from Parks and Rec is being conceived somewhere and, you know what, Stranger Things was great. Go watch Stranger Things.