‘Stranger Things’: 5 Things We Want in Season 2

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The first season of the hit Netflix sci-fi drama Stranger Things has been available to stream since July, and if you’re anything like us, you quickly watched all eight episodes and are as hungry as a Demogorgon for more. But short of sending Eleven to spy on show creators Matt and Ross Duffer’s plans for Season 2, which we must note hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, we’re just going to have to wait patiently to find out what happens next.

That being said, we do know that the Duffer brothers have said they are planning on some things. They have mentioned in interviews that next season will start off slower and be darker in tone. They’ll allow time to pass because their children actors are growing faster than the show can film new episodes. They’ve also mentioned favorite sequels that might inspire what comes next, including The Empire Strikes Back, Godfather Part II, and Aliens, among others.

Without further ado, here are the five things we’d like to see in a sophomore season.

1. Eleven — Her Return and More Information on Her Relationship to the Demogorgon

Obviously, the show was hinting at the superpowered little lady returning with Hopper leaving those Eggos behind. So we’ll say we’d like to learn more about her. UpRoxx recently made a compelling case that Eleven is the Demogorgon. It pointed to Dungeons and Dragons folklore, which states said monster has two heads constantly at battle. And let’s not forget the sixth episode when she plainly stated, “I’m the monster.” Upon first viewing, it seemed like she merely felt guilty about opening the portal to the Upside Down, but now it sure does seem like an admission.

While we’re on the subject, it’d be cool to find out what happened to “One” through “Ten” — and if there’s a “Twelve.”

2. Will — What Is He Going Through? Please Tell Me He’ll Be OK

Last time we saw the younger Byers brother, he was puking up a slug in the bathroom and fluttered in and out of the Upside Down. Is he turning into a monster? Is he set to become a kind of mother to aliens? We want to know! Is it too naive to hope he makes it through next season without experiencing some kind of trauma? The Duffers did mention they’ll be watching Aliens, so that seems ominous.

3. The Upside Down — More Specific Details

It’d be interesting to get more details on it. One intriguing theory that’s popped up in a few different places is that it’s not a parallel universe but rather this universe in the future after a Cold War that goes bad. That could explain why it has such a nuclear-winter vibe. The Duffers have said they “have a 30-page document that is pretty intricate in terms of what it all means,” so there’s definitely more to learn.

4. Hawkins Laboratory — Again, More Specific Details

What’s the deal with Hawkins Laboratory? We know it’s an extension of the government and that it uses supernatural means to spy. But is that it? It’d be great to see just how far this goes up the ladder. One thing that seems pretty clear is that the man in charge of it, Dr. Martin Brenner, will be back in some form. As Matt Duffer told HitFix, regarding the scene that had Dr. Brenner on the wrong end of the Demogorgon, “I will say, if we were going to kill him, we would have really killed him. That’s a very anticlimactic death, if that’s his death. If I was a viewer and that was his death, I would be upset about it.”

5. Barb

Poor Barb. She was the favorite character for many, and it was upsetting that her death was only briefly mourned. In a Duffer brothers interview with IGN, Matt said, “We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb.” We hope Season 2 will help reinforce how traumatic her murder is.

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