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Stranger Things Season 2 Is Your Halloween Binge. Here's What to Know Now

Stranger Things Season 2 Is Your Halloween Binge. Here's What to Know Now
From TIME - October 12, 2017

The wait for Stranger Things season 2, one of the most anticipated Netflix shows of the year, is almost over.

Gather as much chocolate pudding as you can carry because the new season of Stranger Things hits Netflix on Oct. 27. The Halloween-themed season will continue to evolve the Stranger Things plot from the first season, which left fans with several pressing questions and theories.

Just how many episodes of Stranger Things can fans expect? All together, season 2 will consist of nine new installments. See the titles of the episodes from what co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer have dubbed Stranger Things 2 in a nod to cinematic sequels: "Madmax," "The Boy Who Came Back to Life," "The Pumpkin Patch," "The Palace," "The Storm" and "The Pollywog."

But leave it to Stranger Things to make everything a mystery. It seems as though some of the episode titles may have evolved as a new trailer teases unnamed chapters 7-9. (They were previously titled "The Secret Cabin," "The Brain" and "The Lost Brother.")

The whole Stranger Things cast will be back for season 2. That includes Joyce (Winona Ryder), Hopper (David Harbour), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Will (Noah Schnapp), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Nancy (Natalia Dyer), Steve (Joe Keery) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), along with a few newcomers. (More on them later.)

A critical darling, Stranger Things scored 18 Emmy nominations including one for outstanding drama series, as well as acting nods for Harbour and Brown. Unexpectedly, Shannon Purser, who played the beloved Barb, was also nominated.

Stranger Things Season 2 Trailer

The Stranger Things season 2 trailer opens on everyone's favorite squad at a local arcade playing the adventure video game Dragon's Lair. Will's back from the Upside Down with a serious case of PTSD. Case in point: Will "sees" a massive arachnid-like monster there to make sure everyone's lives stay nice and high-stress.

But the biggest revelation? We see Eleven reaching through a wall and into the school, confirming that she will be back in the Stranger Things mix.

Overall, the trailer goes for a spooky vibe. The boys even appear in period-appropriate costumes from Ghostbusters. (It bears mentioning that it looks like Dustin is Stan Phillips, Will is Egon Spenger, Lucas is Peter Venkman and Mike is Winston Zeddemore.) Over on the cool side of smalltown America, Nancy and Steve reference more 1984 cultural touchstones at a Halloween party (see: Risky Business's and Madonna's "Material Girl").

But midway through the trailer Vincent Price's famous "Thriller" voiceover kicks in, and it's clear that something even more horrific than the first season is threatening Hawkins: an inky new multi-limbed monster seemingly out to lay waste to the town. More good news: Will says he can feel it "everywhere."

While the Stranger Things trailer does not reveal any of the show's new faces, Netflix announced that there's a new family in town. Billy (Dacre Montgomery) is the brother of tough skater girl Max (Sadie Sink), who befriends Dustin and Lucas. As for Billy, he "doesnt exactly make friends." Meet Max in the video below.

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