Back in May, Millie Bobby Brown teased that the second season of her Netflix hit Stranger Things will get “very dark,” and now we know why. Creators Ross and Matt Duffer told The Hollywood Reporter that the creepy alternate dimension known as the Upside Down is heavily featured in the upcoming episodes.
“The Upside Down plays a major role in the upcoming season,” they said. “The gate to the Upside Down in the last season was not closed, it is still there.”
As for Will (Noah Schnapp), who spent most of last season stuck in that creepy world, he is definitely changed by the experience. “You can see in the second season how the Upside Down affected Will. He is definitely holding back on what happens to him and keeps everything in,” Schnapp said.
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“There’s a lot of talk about the move to darker threats and larger cinematic scale, but here’s the thing: Stranger Things works because we root for these kids and we root for these damaged characters that live on the margins,” executive producer and director Shawn Levy said.
“No one in the show is like a perfect, popular winner, everyone is struggling with the bit of that feeling of being on the outside looking in, and that’s true of the teenagers, the adults, and the kids, and we know that what brought us here is characters that people connect to and feel authentic and that you root for, so Season 2 is every bit as loyal to character first.”
Mark your calendars for Stranger Things’ return to Netflix on Oct. 31.