Stranger Things 2 isn't out till Halloween, but Entertainment Weekly got the kids on their cover and, in exchange, finally got some new dirt about the new plot. It'll take place a year after Season 1, beginning on—yes—All Hallow's Eve. Here's what we can expect from the next round of Stranger Things on a character-by-character basis. (Also, EW's got a few new images.)
Will Byers: “He seems to be seeing images from the Upside Down—the question is whether they’re real or not,” says Matt Duffer, who co-created the show with his brother Ross. He adds that Will may be suffering PTSD.
Mike and Nancy Wheeler: They're "the most screwed-up because they’re the ones who both lost someone,” says Duffer Brother Ross.
Eleven: Not dead by vaporization. Curly hair. Unless it's a wig Millie Bobby Brown just insisted on wearing for the EW cover shoot. Matt Duffer offered this:
“I want people to know that she’s back and she’s a major part of the season and not know how or why. 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.”
Brown says it's "an emotional transition" for El. "Last season I didn’t get to expand [on the character]—this season is giving me that opportunity.”
Dustin: He finds what the mag calls a "polliwog-like pet." Actor Gaten Matarazzo says it's "a little creature I get to bond with" that's "obviously not from this planet or this dimension.”
Joyce Byers: Winona Ryder's trying to get her sons back to a normal life—and dating Sean Astin of The Lord of the Rings and The Goonies, an old high school peer she hopes can be a good paternal influence on the family. “She’s trying to mask a lot,” Ryder says.
Sheriff Jim Hopper: Struggling to smooth over the public aftermath of the events of Stranger Things 1. “It kind of falls on Hopper to be the voice of authority to say, ‘This did happen and this didn’t happen,'" says actor David Harbour, who gave a helluva speech at the Screen Actors Guild Awards when he and his Stranger squad won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
The newcomers: Siblings Max and Billy. Max "attracts romantic interest from Lucas and Dustin," EW writes, while her brother is more menacing. “Stephen King always has really great human villains," says Duffer, Matt Edition. "The evil in the real world is often as bad or worse than the supernatural evil, so we wanted to introduce a character like that.”
Hawkins Labs: Paul Reiser, as "the seemingly friendly Dr. Owen," is now in charge.
Read Entertainment Weekly's Stranger Things 2 preview (and expect more info from the cover story soon), see the show's Super Bowl ad, and watch actor/filmmaker Rider Strong (Cabin Fever, Girl and Boy Meets World) break down his five favorite horror movies for Fuse: