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Unlocking The Mysteries of The First ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Images

By  · Published on February 14th, 2017

Still wondering about Barb.

Netflix has released five production stills for the season two of Stranger Things. Don’t worry, the images still keep the mystery of season two alive. If Stranger Things propels itself on anything, it’s viewer thirst for dramatic questions (and 80s nostalgia). Stranger Things season two’s official plot synopsis reads: “A year after Will’s return, everything seems back to normal… but a darkness lurks just beneath the surface, threatening all of Hawkins.” You can view the stills below to try to discern what that brief synopsis might mean:

I, for one, now have more questions: Does anyone miss Barb? Is Will really ok? Why does Hopper have a flashlight? Nancy and Jonathan are looking at what exactly? Why is Joyce so concerned? Who’s that red headed girl?

Well, for starters we do know who the redheaded girl is Max (Sadie Sink) described as “a tomboy with a complicated history and a suspicious streak.” From the still, it looks like Max gets to witness a concerned Joyce (Winona Ryder) in action. Also, Max has a brother Billy (Dacre Montgomery). Billy is “a charismatic Camaro-driving drinker.” No word yet on how Max and Billy, our new wild cards, will effect season two’s relationship dynamics. My bet’s on Will interacting with Max which in turn leads to Nancy dealing with Billy. Speaking of Nancy (Natalie Dyer), she and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) are back as is the puffily quaffed Steve Harrington (Joe Kerry).

Also, season two takes place one year after season one. As indicated by the Halloween still above, the kids will be carrying around pillow cases on Halloween in their Ghostbuster’s duds (we’ve seen the kids in their costumes already). We can expect Will (Noah Schnapp), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) to be out on Halloween trick or treating. My vote is to give Will all the regular sized chocolate bars he desires; it’s the least the other kids can do after Will spent season one trapped in the Upside Down. Real friends don’t let rescued friends eat fun-sized Snickers.

We also know that Eleven (Millie Bobbie Brown) will return. Predictably, she is absent from the stills. Hopper (David Harbour) did leave some Eggos in the woods at the end of last season, perhaps the flashlight wielding Hopper is trying to locate Eleven. Harbour did say that much of season two will deal with the fallout of season one.

Finally, creators Ross and Matt Duffer have confirmed that, ideally they would prefer Stranger Things have four to five seasons of mystery, D&D, monsters, and, hopefully, Eggo waffles.

I, for one, am still wondering about Barb.

Stranger Things season two debuts on Netflix on October 31, 2017.

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