The minute that vintage Eggo ad hit our screens during yesterday's Super Bowl, we knew what was about to come: The teaser trailer for Stranger Things Season 2 had landed and boy did it deliver. Short but totally sweet, during its 36-second run-time we were handed so many WTF moments that we pretty much lost our tiny little minds. Take a peek:
How. Good. Does. It. Look?! Seriously, they could not have made it any clearer that the upcoming season is going to be absolutely insane, and a damn sight more terrifying than its predecessor — queue me grabbing pillows to hide behind every five seconds. However, if you too were too busy freaking out, it's likely that you may have missed a number of the key clues that'll be paramount to working out exactly what #StrangerThings Season 2 is going to be about. Luckily then, we've listed the major takeaways below, so no curiosity door will go unlocked:
1. The 'Ghostbusters' Garb: More Than Just A Costume?
There's something very strange going on in this neighborhood, and though we didn't exactly need Ghostbusters costumes to tell us that, they certainly help us paint a picture of what to expect in Stranger Things' second coming.
The costumes hint that whatever this new threat is, it will affect the entire town — a plot point David Harbour (a.k.a. Chief Hopper) already alluded to during a panel discussion at Fan2Sea Comic-Con last month. Here he told the audience that Hawkins, Indiana is a town divided after Season 1's happenings; divided between those who know what went down, and those who don't (and assumedly think the former band have lost their minds). And, when shit starts hitting the fan, who they gonna call?
These kids are going to be forced to come to the rescue one more time, and they're gonna do it in style.
Additionally, these costumes could indicate how the gang aims to tackle the Big Bad this time around. Look at the trailer still above — doesn't that look like a propane gun to you? Perhaps they're gonna have to zap the bugger into oblivion, or set up a trap and vacuum it up into some sort of containment unit. Who knows, but I can 100% imagine them whipping some monster butt and ending on this classic Ghostbusters line: "We came, we saw, we kicked its ass." Can't you?
2. We're Going Deeper Underground: Hopper & Eleven
At the end of Season 1 Hopper was seen walking into the woods with a box of Eggos — Eleven's favorite food, which suggests that he knew she hadn't been blown into smithereens along with the demogorgon. But how does he know that? How involved actually is the Chief of Police with the telekinetic runaway? There are a couple of theories surrounding this head-scratcher, theories that suggest Hopper is secretly working with the government to discover alternate realities, and thus knows more about the Upside Down than he's letting on.
If he does have a richer understanding, perhaps he's able to forge a deeper connection with Eleven as a result? Perhaps he's been hiding her this entire time? Could the clothes she's wearing in the image above — if that even is her, it's super hard to tell — have once belonged to his daughter? And could this be "The Secret Cabin," the title of Season 2 Episode 7? The wooden walls certainly suggest so!
But what is Hopper digging for? And what force is pushing him aside? Only time will tell!
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3. Will Power - Where Is He & Where Is His Mind?
So, what the hell has happened to Will? The last we saw he was chuckin' up slugs in the bathroom sink and now he seems to have donned the same headgear and hospital-style gown Eleven was forced to wear while living in the lab. Could this mean he's in the lab too? If the above picture is anything to go by, it certainly seems that way — with Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine) on one side and his mother, Joyce (Winona Ryder) on the other — and someone watching them via CCTV. If that is the case, does this mean that Will now has telekinetic powers too? Are we going to see him crushing coke cans with his mind this season? Very possibly!
And then there's the introduction of the insane sky monster, a beast that looks like an eight-legged Eye of Sauron erupting through the clouds, but before we're introduced to this creature we're teased with a sketch — assumedly someone's premonition of what's to come. Was this drawn by Will? Given that he's later shown before the monster (in a scene that is a clear reference to '70s sci-fi movie Close Encounters), I'm willing to bank on it. There's a drawing of trees hidden a few sheets down, too, which could be another sketch of the Upside Down and indicate this is not his only premonition — after all producer Shawn Levvy has said:
"The threat, which in Season 1 was to Will Byers, has grown."
And this looks pretty threatening to me!
4. Demogor-Gone: What Is That New Monster?
If you thought the demogorgon was bad, you ain't seen nothing yet. Season 2's beast looks like it's going to be a whole new massive barrel of nope, as we see it emerging from the sky in an obvious nod to Stephen King's The Mist. But what exactly could this monster be? While some folks figure this beast is based upon H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu, by far the most popular theory is that this time around we're going up against the Thessalhydra: an eight-headed monster from Dungeons and Dragons, and the creature the group apparently destroyed at the end of their last campaign in Episode 8.
5. What The Titles Tell You
OK, so the title credits don't actually tell you a lot, but it's fun to note that the Duffer brothers are still going whole hog in their '80s references, and that has influenced how they've decided to brand the second season. Rather than keeping the title the same and going for a simple Stranger Things Season 2 like most TV series, they've opted for a movie-style sequel approach with Stranger Things 2, a title formula that now feels quite out of date.
Think about it, most (if not all) movie sequels these days have their own title — Avengers: Infinity War, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, Finding Dory — even the simpler ones have a Vol. 2 or Chapter 2 whacked on top. Gone are the days of simple numbering, so props to ST for bring it back!
6. This Wonder-ful Cameo
Just a fun spot, but 10 points for anyone who noticed that the little boy in the opening Eggo commercial is in fact Jason Hervey a.k.a. Wayne Arnold from The Wonder Years, another '80s classic! Here's the full ad:
Did you spot anything else in the Stranger Things Super Bowl trailer?