Fans of Netflix original series Stranger Things went into meltdown yesterday when the official Facebook page dropped a cryptically brilliant teaser for Season 2. Coming in 2017, Season 2 will take place one year on, and will seek to answer some of the questions left unanswered at the end of Season 1. In the first interview since the Season 2 promo dropped, one of the show's producers, Shawn Levy, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about new characters and casting rumours — here's what we found out.
There Will Be New Characters
The brilliance of Stranger Things lies in its utterly spot-on casting — I mean, can you imagine those kids NOT being those kids? I sure can't. Fortunately, the new characters will be there primarily to service the main cast. Levy told THR:
There's definitely a handful of really compelling new characters this season, but absolutely servicing the core group first and foremost. But yes, we have some new characters entering the adventure [...] really, really intriguing ones.
Will we see another secret organization take over Eleven's experiment? Will we explore new parallel universes? Will Nancy get a new Barb? I for one am really, really intrigued!
'Famous People' To Star In Season 2?
One of the great things about the show was that it succeeded without the backing of big studios, brand names and a cast chock full of A+ list actors (Winona Ryder was just the cherry on top of the upside-down cake). But Levy revealed that since the show's success, certain famous faces have shown interest in being part of the phenomenon:
Without naming them — look, obviously certain people like Aaron Paul and Stephen King and Guillermo Del Toro have been very public champions of our show and supporters. But the list of famous creative people — whether actors or filmmakers — who have found their way to the Duffers and I as fans of the show … and you're right, certain actors that you have definitely heard of have raised their hand with real interest to be a part of it.
But have no fear! Levy explained that he understands that part of the show's appeal lies with its current cast:
When everything is available and possible, there's a temptation to exploit it. But the show's appeal is based so much on the unknown quotient in our actors, in our premise, in our plot. So we do hope to keep that same discovery, and that would suddenly go away if we decided to cast all the famous people who said they'd like to be a part of it.
Will Eleven, Dr. Brenner and Barb Return?
One of the biggest questions at the end of Season 1 was: what happened to Eleven after she obliterated the Demogorgon? Sadly, Season 2 is shrouded in secrecy; Levy divulged:
I cannot speak to [that]. And the other people you're about to ask me about, which I assume include Brenner (Matthew Modine) and Barb (Shannon Purser), I just cannot speak to it. I really believe that if we do divulge a ton of stuff, it would make for a less satisfying second season.
Speaking of Barb, show creator Matt Duffer told IGN last month that it's unlikely she will return to the ST universe, but assured fans that she wasn't forgotten:
"Barb will not be forgotten. We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb [...] It’s not like her parents are like ‘Oh Barb left. She died!’ Season One actually takes place over the course of six or seven days – it’s a really short period of time. So part of what we want to do with hypothetical Season 2 is to explore the repercussions of everything that happened.”
Finally, justice for Barb!
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The Writers Room Is Staying The Same
The writing team (who already have a clear idea of what the season will look like) are pretty much the same bunch from Season 1. This is a great indicator that Season 2 will not veer off course:
We kept Justin Doble, Jessie Nickson and we actually promoted our writer's assistant — he's now a staff writer. So most of the team is from day one.
But he does understand that a fresh point of view isn't always a bad thing:
We've added really just a very little bit of fresh eyes and fresh blood, and it's already had tremendous benefit just getting a little bit of outsider perspective.
Regardless of who joins the cast in Season 2, they're bound to lay emphasis on an already stellar cast. With new characters, new ideas, and Season 2 mapped out and under way, it's going to feel like a long wait until 2017 — in the mean time you can re-watch the promo for the millionth time and try to make sense of all those episode titles.
What famous faces would you love to see in Stranger Things Season 2?