Alongside this announcement came a brief video featuring that ever awesome synth score and a list of random titles which appear to be the names of each of the new episodes. Take a look:
If you want to look at each title more thoroughly and try to guess what they’re hinting at they are as follows:
“Madmax,” “The Boy Who Came Back To Life,” “The Pumpkin Patch,” “The Palace,” “The Storm,” “The Pollywog,” “The Secret Cabin,” “The Brain” and “The Lost Brother.”
Some intriguing titles there, I’m particularly excited for Madmax! As a show that embraces the nostalgia factor I’m hopeful to see the Road Warrior get some loving tribute in the episode. We know based on the first season that The Duffer Brothers do not simply just drop in random culture references but work the fabric of their 80s callbacks into the tone of the show. (Part of its enormous success)
It also seems like this second season is very much deep in production already. Mind you being set just one year later means they have to move fast so the kids don’t grow ahead of them. We know there will be at least four major new characters and that the show will venture outside of Hawkins this time. The Duffer Brothers have spoken to Entertainment Weekly about what else to expect:
“I don’t think we ever thought anthology,” says Ross Duffer. “I think we talked like a larger time jump where the kids are older now and it’s a different decade. That’s something we batted around from the very beginning. But for us, there’s still more story here, there’s still things that are unresolved. We don’t know about Eleven. We leave that up in the air.”
“There’s going to be a lot of new and interesting dynamics that we didn’t see in season 1,” says Matt Duffer. “I know movie sequels get a lot of s—, but the ones we look up to aspire to pivot and do something different. There’s ‘Temple of Doom,’ ‘Aliens,’ ‘Terminator 2.’ I guess a lot of this is James Cameron. But he’s brilliant. And I think one of the reasons his sequels are as successful as they are is he makes them feel very different without losing what we loved about the original. So I think we kinda looked to him and what he does and tried to capture a little bit of the magic of his work.”
I’m loving the nods to those great 80s sequels and if they utilise that idea to tackle a completely different tone, as those films did, whilst still honouring the original we could be in for another huge nostalgia treat!