5 Things You Didn’t Know About Stranger Things Season 2
It’s the time of the year where horror lovers emerge from their dimly lit crevices to celebrate the spirit of one of the more enjoyable holidays – Halloween. Appropriately seeing its long-awaited release (seriously, it has been too long) during this spooky holiday is the highly awaited second season of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning, Netflix-hit series, Stranger Things. Created by the Duffer Brothers after reportedly being denied directing roles on the recently released, record breaking horror remake, It, the nostalgically entertaining 80’s creation by the brothers secured a massive following on Netflix after establishing itself as one of the most distinguished seasons on “television” in the last decade.
With just days left before the anticipated release on October 27th, just in time for Halloween, the hype surrounding Stranger Things Season 2 has grown extensively, with more and more viewers questioning what is to come for the beloved characters in the town Hawkins, Indiana. While some lucky few have gained early access to the upcoming season, the rest of the fans of the acclaimed show are being subjected to suffer through the grueling, remaining hours until its standard Netflix release.
As the wait goes on, here are 5 things you may not have known about Stranger Things Season 2, without any additional spoilers from what has already been revealed by the spine-chilling teaser trailer.
- There is More Will
In the first season, the adored Will Byers, played by Noah Schnapp, disappears into the “Upside Down,” in turn catalyzing the plot of the intense and suspenseful debut to the realm of Stranger Things. Though Will is definitely one of the protagonists of the series, his time on camera was rather limited throughout the first season, leading the other younger stars to rake in more notability. However, that may no longer be the case in the new season. Recent reports of those who viewed the new season indicate that Will, who was rescued from the Upside Down at the end of the first season run, is given significantly more time on camera – delivering what critics have been calling a “gut-wrenching performance here.”
- The Demogorgon
The Demogorgon, is a horrifying monster regarded as the most powerful demon lord in Dungeons and Dragons history by players and critics of the game. Also known as the Prince of Demons, the fictional Demogorgon rules the Abyss, and disturbingly maintains a different personality in each head of the monster. With the hint at the end of season one of the Demogorgon’s appearance in season two – or something just as fear inducing – as well as the trailer’s brief reveal of the gargantuan creature, one can only speculate on the terrifying characteristics and physique of the new monster. Whatever the beast that awaits fans and viewers in season two, critics appear to be nothing but pleased with the series’ attempt to make a bigger television monster than previously seen in Stranger Things’ debut season.
- Bigger Monster – Bigger Budget
In the start of a series, it is normal for a studio to give a rather low budget given the usually unpredictable viewership a series will rake in for its first season on air. The same applies to such incredibly popular shows as the now globally renowned, award-winning Stranger Things. According to Variety Magazine, each episode of Stranger Things’ first season cost approximately $6 million to make. After accumulating a mass-following, including a hefty 14 million viewers within the first 35 days of its release on the Netflix streaming service, the budget for the now ever popular series increase to $8 million per episode. One can only hope they utilized their newly risen budget for the season 2 monster!
- The Duffer Brothers Didn’t Direct All of the Episodes
While the famed Duffer Brothers created the brilliancy that it Stranger Things, they weren’t the only directors of episodes of the celebrated series. In fact, The Duffer Brothers only directed six out of the eight episodes in season one. Even more surprising is that the brothers ended up directing even fewer episodes in season two, with less than half of the entire upcoming season having the brothers established mark as directors. In season two, they instead hand the ropes over to producer Shawn Levy, who is credited with directing the “Will the Wise” and “The Pollywog” episodes of season one, as well as renowned Oscar winner Andrew Stanton and award-winner Rebecca Thomas.
- More Seasons Already Planned!
On Aug, 22nd, 2017, The Duffer Brothers confirmed in an interview with Vulture that Stranger Things has been renewed for a third season, despite the premiere for the second season debut delaying its release until October 27th. The now widely recognized directors also explained their future plans to attempt to renew the show for a fourth season, saying: “We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out.” It looks as though they have already put into fruition their plans of a fourth season, with the movie entertainment source imdbpro currently listing four upcoming seasons for the Stranger Things information page.