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What the New STRANGER THINGS Details Mean for Season 2!

While no official date has been announced for the next season of Netflix’s surprise Spielbergian hit Stranger Things, most people assume it will drop sometime this summer. And sure enough, with about half a year between us and the expected release, we just got our first batch of big hints about where season 2 could be headed. During a Q&A sesh on the Fan2Sea Comic Con Cruise, actor David Harbour got asked some hard hitting Stranger Things questions, and since they were on international waters, where the laws of men and streaming services alike do not apply, he did not hold back from answering them.

First off, Harbour confirmed one of the few things we already knew for sure about season 2: it will be taking place exactly one year later. “It’s a year later in the story,” says Harbour. “Will has come back—there are certain people in the town that know what happened, and then certain people that don’t know what happened.” So who knows and who doesn’t? Harbour doesn’t dive in any deeper to explain. But in a recent Vanity Fair interview executive producer Shawn Levy does say that “season 2 is bigger and potentially darker in its stakes. The threat, which in season 1 was to Will Byers, has grown.” Could that mean that not only Will and his friends are now now in danger, but potentially the whole town?

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Harbour also talked about what newcomer Sean Astin will be doing when he arrives in Hawkins, Indiana, and it’s not good news for Chief Hopper. “He’s Winona’s new boyfriend,” he explained, “much to the chagrin to the chief of police.” So apparently whatever flame Joyce and Hopper were rekindling after their adventure in the upside down has quickly been snuffed out by the appearance of the former Goonie/Hobbit.

But as for characters we’re hoping to see return, Harbour had some sad news; your cries of “justice for Barb” have officially been ignored. Harbour confirms that the internet’s favorite unexpected fashion icon is gone, but at least she’s not forgotten. According to Harbour, “the question and the feelings that Nancy has that no one ever cares about her friend Barb are very much present in the beginning of the season.” Sure, it would have been nice if Nancy cared about her friend when she was still alive, but at least she’s thinking about her now. 

Are you guys still thinking about Barb and the rest of the Stranger Things crew? Let us know in the comments.

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