Netflix chose Friday the 13th to unleash the final trailer for Stranger Things: Season 2, before its upcoming release on October 27. Going by what has been revealed in this brand new teaser, one thing is for sure: it’s going to be the perfect start to the Halloween weekend this year.
An “Upside Down” Halloween, really!
The creators say that their inspiration for the new season is owed to the biggest sequel of the 1980s – incidentally, the decade in which the show is set.
Now before we go ahead and dissect the trailer, let’s take a relook at the official poster which was released in July this year. Here it is!
So, what is the poster telling us? Is there a clue, a message?
Well, for one, the monster is bigger, more ominous, and this time around, it looks set to attack the entire town rather than individuals, as was the case in the first season.
More posters with cryptic captions followed in August on the official Twitter page of Stranger Things.
Here’s a revisit.
“We’re going back to Hawkins”
“A place where the curiosity door never closes.”
“A place where new adventures await us.”
“And it’s only getting stranger.”
And, then, another poster!
Trick or treat. pic.twitter.com/77LMRPzdex
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) October 1, 2017
The trailer opens to a scene where the kids are playing the ’80s nostalgia arcade game “Dragon’s Lair” when Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) crashes and burns to a skeleton in the game. This is when Will suddenly finds himself in the Upside Down world with the giant monster silhouetted against a flaming red backdrop of dark foreboding clouds and bolts of lightning.
Eleven who had vanished after defeating the Demogorgon is back. She is seen running through the forest and stopping at a precise location to open a hatch and stare at the contents within – probably her supplies to make good her escape from the Hawking Laboratory. It is not clear, though, if she is wearing the same pink dress she wore in the finale.
However, in a later scene in the trailer, probably another day, she is wearing the outfit in question forcing you to speculate that she was transported back to the Hawkins Lab after defeating the Demogorgon.
The scene changes to an unkempt Eleven standing on the porch of her catatonic mother Terry Ives’ house – identifiable from the tree house in the background. Has she escaped from the Hawkins National Laboratory? Is this going to be her new hideout and for how long? Will she be chased down? We can’t really tell!
Late in the trailer, Eleven appears distraught – arms wide and bleeding nose. Will she have a hand in stopping the monster from destroying Hawkins? Probably, Yes!
Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) appears to hold the key to the unfolding horrors of the new season. It seems that monsters are able to pass through the portal between Hawkins and the Upside Down, which Will opened in last season’s finale. Well, it is the most likely scenario, or why else would he be the first to notice the monster on Halloween night?
“I saw something,” Will tells his mother. He’s in a hospital bed. “I felt it. Everywhere.”
This time around, however, nobody is doubting Will’s visions to be figments of his imagination. The threat is clear and present!
Meanwhile, the Hawkins kids are banding together to fight the common threat, evident from different scenes in the trailer where Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo), and Mike Wheeler(Finn Wolghard) are seen with Steve
Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) comes in this season as Joyce Byers’ (Winona Ryder) boyfriend looking troubled in the couple of short glimpses we get of him in the teaser. In one scene he is running away from something in horror wearing scrubs.