After several months of fevered fandom, endless mash-ups, and taking over Halloween this year, Stranger Things continues to not quit its pop culture domination, creeping back into our lives with a titillating new photo. Netflix’s smash hit of the summer has had quite a year, with everyone and their mother falling for its synthy score, deftly done 80s pastiche, and the sweet, mystery-solving kids at the heart of its sci-fi premise. To continue this banner achievement, the Duffer brothers have released the first official cast photo from season two (currently in production in Atlanta), and—of course—it’s not just any photo, but an enigmatic tweet that’s entirely flipped: a nod to the terrifying alternate dimension from the show, the Upside Down.
The photo, when flipped, shows Stranger Things’ original cast of youngsters, including Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven)—whose fate was unclear at the end of last season—Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, and Noah Schnapp. We also get our first glimpse at Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery, the two new kids on the block, who will be joining season two. And while Queen of the Macabre Winona Ryder and the scene-stealing sheriff David Harbour are not pictured here, we do know they’re returning to the show next season. Sadly, everyone’s favorite best friend, Barb (Shannon Purser), is nowhere to be seen—looks like she really is lost to the Demogorgon’s clutches forever.
Take a look at the photo right side up below, and make sure you peruse all our favorite Stranger Things stories from the past few months while we eagerly await season two.
- Learn more about the real-life conspiracy that inspired Stranger Things!
- Additional details about the two new characters from next season.
- Childish Gambino rapping over the Stranger Things theme is incredible.
- Awesome yet revolting Stranger Things-inspired recipes from Netflix.
- Stranger Things meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Yes, please!
- ICYMI: Jean-Ralphio (Parks and Recreation) is Steve’s father.
- Everything we know about Stranger Things season two so far.
Plus, could the Upside Down actually exist?
Rachel Heine is the Editor-in-Chief of Nerdist and co-host of Alpha Book Club and Fangirling! Chat with her about scary kids movies and television on Twitter.