Stranger Things 2 is finally here. One year after the original Netflix series made its debut and skyrocketed its supersized cast to superstardom, the second season of the Duffer Brothers smash hit sci-fi series is available for streaming. But fans who try to compare the nine new episodes to the first season of the Netflix hit should know that Season 2 is a very different beast.
Stranger Things 2 star David Harbour told Backstage that he changed things up for his character, Jim Hopper, in the new season.
“I want to give people something that is even richer in Season 2,” Harbour said.
The actor acknowledged that series creators Matt and Ross Duffer “really delivered” for Stranger Things 2, but that fans really can’t—and shouldn’t—compare it to Season 1.
“It has to be its own thing,” Harbour said of Stranger Things 2. “I don’t want to do the cartoon version of what you love about him. I want to actually expand the character and see if you can love him more deeply for the mistakes that he may continue to make.”
Hours before the new episodes of Stranger Things 2 hit Netflix, showrunners the Duffer brothers told The Hollywood Reporter the new season will not disappoint Stranger Things fans.
“It’s all the sequel clichés you hear: it’s bigger, it’s darker and whatever. Some people criticize us for saying that but it’s what we wanted to do,” Matt Dugger told THR.
“We didn’t want to mess too much with the DNA of the show that was working, but we wanted to infuse it with some new tones.”
Ross Duffer added that the “horror” factor for the series has been pushed up a notch.
Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, and more attended a red carpet premiere for Season 2, where they talked about what to expect for the new episodes of the Netflix hit. Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike Wheeler on Stranger Things, told THR there was more “pressure” for Season 2, while Natalia Dyer, who plays his sister Nancy, said the show’s characters “are dealing with repercussions from season one and we find out more about what’s going on in the paranormal universe of Hawkins.”
Wolfhard also warned fans not to watch the Stranger Things 2 after-show before completing all of the episodes.
Noah Schnapp, who plays Will Byers on Stranger Things, told Variety his character is a little worse for the wear in Season 2 after last season’s unplanned trip to the Upside Down. You can see Schnapp talking about Stranger Things 2 below.
In an interview with Coveteur, Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin on the series, said he is against giving out spoilers for Stranger Things, but he downplayed the second season’s scariness factor.
“It’s not scary. It’s not,” the Stranger Things 2 star said, before adding this disclaimer: “I don’t get scared easily.”
Speaking of spoilers, not all Stranger Things stars are against them. Harbour took to Twitter to joke that fans should just skip to the final episode of Stranger Things 2 because the ending is that good. And the official Netflix account gave a one-word teaser for Stranger Things 2, which you can see below.
Take a look at the trailer for Stranger Things 2 below. The second season of Stranger Things is available on Netflix now.
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