Entertainment Weekly’s latest issue features Stranger Things season two on the cover and an interview with co-creator Matt Duffer and some of the cast inside, revealing all sort of things about where the show’s going next.
Joyce (Winona Ryder) will have a new love interest in the form of former Hobbit Sean Astin as an old high school classmate called Bob. There’s a new brother-sister called Billy and Max, played by Dacre Montgomery and Sadie Sink respectively; Billy will be a nemesis to Dustin’s gang while both Dustin and Lucas may have a bit of a crush on Max.
Dustin will also get another new little pal. “It’s a little creature I get to bond with,” says Matarazzo. “It’s obviously not from this planet or this dimension.”
Meanwhile, Will Byers will be having visions of the Upside Down. “He seems to be seeing images from the Upside Down; the question is whether they’re real or not,” says Duffer. “So it seems like he’s having some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder.”
Police chief Jim Hopper (speech-maker extraordinaire David Harbour) will be trying to keep the events of season one under wraps. “It kind of falls on Hopper to be the voice of authority to say, ‘This did happen and this didn’t happen,’” says Harbour said. “He’s struggling with the compromise that takes him to, having to lie and cover things up.”
But what of season one’s true break-out character, Eleven? “I want people to know that she’s back and she’s a major part of the season and not know how or why,” says Duffer. “We do get into her story and backstory. We learn about where she came from and how she came into the world and the program that resulted in her.”