Stranger Things 2: Season 1 Recap, New Characters, And Everything You Need To Know

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Stranger Things is back for its second installment and it can't come soon enough!

Although Stranger Things Season 2 was confirmed last year, fans have been waiting eagerly for round two of the popular series and it's just around the corner. Here are all the details you need to know before the second season arrives on Netflix.

Release Date

The highly anticipated Season 2 of Stranger Things will hit the airwaves a few days before Halloween, as we previously reported. In July, Netflix released a poster to reveal that the new season will arrive on the streaming service this Friday, Oct. 27.

This doesn't come as a surprise as Netflix prefers to release its blockbuster offerings on Fridays. However, it has previously bent the rule slightly, most recently with Season 5 of the streaming service's popular political thriller House of Cards, which it released on a Tuesday (May 30).

Recap

Set in the small town of Hawkins, last season kicked off with the disappearance of a young boy named Will Byers (Noah Schnapp). Co-incidentally (or not), a scientist is killed by an unidentified creature in a government laboratory known as Hawkins Laboratory, and a young girl with a shaved head wearing a hospital gown, who goes by the name of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), has just managed to escape from the same facility.

Will's friends Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) stumble upon Eleven in the woods and team up with her to find their lost friend with the help of her telekinetic powers. Meanwhile, Will's mom, Joyce (Winona Ryder), learns to communicate with her beloved son through the medium of electricity.

Joining the hunt are Will's older brother, Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), the girl-next-door he has a crush on — Nancy (Natalia Dyer), who is also Mike's older sister — and her boyfriend Steve (Joe Keery). Detective Jim Hopper, who is looking to redeem himself after the death of his daughter, joins forces with Joyce in her search for her son when he finds out that the government had something to do with Will's disappearance.

We later find out that there is an alternate dimension, which is a colder, darker, and eerier version of Hawkins with several points of entry or portals across town, and is referred to as the "upside down," — home to a headless creature, dubbed by the kids as the "Demogorgon."

The government used Eleven as a telekinetic spy to eavesdrop on the Russians and Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine), the evil mastermind behind the experiment, had her kidnapped at birth, and is willing to go to any length to capture her and bring her back to the lab.

Toward the end, Nancy and Jonathan set up booby traps to kill the monster, but it manages to escape, despite Steve's attempt to help them at the last minute. The creature then reappears in the kids' school, where the kids have built a sensory-deprivation tank so that Eleven can find out where Will is.

Joyce and Hopper enter the alternate dimension through the lab after giving Brenner Eleven's location and eventually find Will. Brenner arrives at the school with several agents in tow, but Eleven kills most of them, with Brenner's fate unclear.

In the final scene, Eleven saves Dustin, Mike, and Lucas from the Demogorgon using her powers, causing the creature to disintegrate, but she too disappears in the process. Will is finally back home, but he does not appear to be the same.

New Castmembers

Two new faces have been added to the Stranger Things cast. Dacre Montgomery, the Australian actor who was recently seen in the new Power Rangers movie, and American Odyssey star Sadie Sink have been confirmed as new additions to the Netflix series. Montgomery and Sink are rumored to play the role of brother-sister duo Billy and Max respectively. They will star alongside the old castmembers and 80s stars Sean Astin, Paul Reiser and Linnea Berthelsen in the upcoming season.

Check out the final trailer for Season 2 of Stranger Things below:

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