Stranger Things quickly became a cult favorite on Netflix last year, so a second season was a no brainer. With season two confirmed, a number of burning questions still remain to be answered. What we know of season 2 now, is sparse at best. A bunch of casting announcements were made, and the show takes place one full year after the events of season one.
There are a lot of things that season two needs to answer. Some may be obvious, while others require more in-depth analysis and most likely won’t be solved before the show airs. With so many questions up in the air, we figured it best to take a look at the most important ones, before season two debuts on October 27th.
It goes without saying that you probably shouldn’t read this if you haven’t watched season one yet. THIS IS YOUR SPOILER WARNING! That being said, I honestly don’t feel bad for you if you do. You brought it on yourself.
1. What happened to the first 10?
MIllie Bobby Brown plays the character Eleven. She is the eleventh person (unknown if all were girls) to be experimented on at the “Department of Energy”. There was no mention, footage, easter eggs, pictures, or anything showing what happened to the first ten subjects. You would think it would be easy to explain. After all, a simple two sentence explanation could have solved the mystery. The kids could have uncovered some notes showing what happened, or a subtle hint could have been dropped by an employee to Brenner. How hard would it have been for an employee to say something to Brenner like “We have to get a handle on this boss. If not, she’ll be lost to us, like the first 10?”
2. Will Eleven’s mom be reunited with her daughter?
After the obvious was confirmed that the “crazy lady’s” missing daughter was in fact Eleven, nobody went back to tell her. Seriously? Why the hell not? Season two takes place one full year after season one, so there is plenty of opportunity here. Eleven will not be back at the beginning of the season, but her return has been confirmed by the show’s creators. Will they really go another 13 episodes without telling her mother. She is on the edge of a full on mental breakdown. She is also 100% correct, in regards to what happened, despite everyone telling her she had lost her mind.
Joyce and Hopper can’t live with that on their conscience, can they? The kids have their own moral code when it comes to arguments. Regardless of who was right and wrong, the first to throw a punch or out of hand insult apologizes first. Will Hopper and Joyce follow suit? Eleven’s mother’s reaction, once she finds out, or her further deterioration into mental abyss if not, will be one to watch.
3. What deal did Hopper cut with the Department of Energy?
As the Sheriff, Hopper was integral in finding out what really happened in the upside down. He rescued Will, then cut a deal to save both he and Joyce’s life. Once out of the upside down, he and Joyce were at gunpoint in the center of the Department of Energy. In order to get out, Hopper cut a deal, that he would never mention what happened or implicate the department, providing he and Joyce were released, along with other unmentioned requests.
At the end of the season, it’s obvious he is hiding something from Joyce about the deal, and we are left with a total mystery. The premise of the deal should be a focal point of season two, as we already see monsters from the upside down coming into the real world. With such an insane premise, of alien life and monsters, Hopper surely had to get something amazing to prevent him from spilling the beans, right? They didn’t tell him anything when they scooped him up at the hospital? Yeah. Right.
4. How will Eleven get out of the Upside down? Where are the gateways in and out?
For some god forsaken reason, Nancy crawled into the tree gateway leading into the upside down. She was later rescued by Jonathan before the Demogorgon was destroyed. I’m assuming this gateway had to have been destroyed. After all, why wouldn’t Jonathan just go right back to the same spot, or lead Hopper back there in order to rescue Eleven?
The Demogorgon was destroyed in the school classroom, and the gate was destroyed directly. This would mean one of two things:
A. The gates were all destroyed when the Demogorgon was destroyed. This is similar to the “kill the witch, break the curse” trope in old movies. If this is the case, how does Eleven get out, and how do the new monsters get through’to our world?
B. When the Demogorgon was killed, perhaps it only destroyed the exit it came through. This was not the tree in the forest. If it wasn’t destroyed, Jonathan just decided not to go back to the gate to where the weird, scary monsters live, for some odd reason. If it was destroyed, then there are likely other gates still out there, but we don’t know where they are.
Either way, we need to find out where the other gates are if the tree gate was destroyed, and also why the hell Jonathan didn’t tell anyone where the tree gate was in the first place.
5. What are the long term repercusssions of Eleven’s nose bleeds? How did she survive the classsroom?
These can’t be your normal, run of the mill nose bleeds. After all, she’s got insane powers, can freeze people in time and pop their damn eye balls. I mean, come on man! After each time she uses her powers, she suffers a nose bleed. She then either passes out completely, or needs to rest, depending on the extent in which she used her powers. This has to have some lingering effect on her brain and/or body, right?
I think we all knew that Eleven would be coming back in season two before it was even announced. Once confirmed, all the “yeah, buts” started. You know, “yeah, but how did she survive after disintegrating?” We know she’s a human and not an alien after her mother was revealed. Even with powers, how can they bring her back from disintegration? It’s going to be a tough sell, and hopefully they don’t jump the shark with some lame non-answer.
6. Why don’t Hopper, Joyce, and Nancy have any side effects from the upside down?
Once rescued, we see Will, supposedly all back to normal, at the dinner table. Of course, this is before excusing himself to the bathroom and hacking up a demon slug. While in the upside down, he did not have the benefit of any breathing protection. He was found with the slug tentacle down his throat, resulting in Hopper and Joyce having to perform CPR to revive him. Both had to remove their protective suit helmets to do so. Nancy also was present, sans protection.
The entirety of the upside down was covered in some sort of mystery ash, and we still don’t know what this is. What we do know is that it most definitely is not normal to breathe this in, so there has to be some sort of side effects. Will’s vomit slug is obviously written off by saying it was put there by the giant tentacle down his gullet. This still fails to explain the lack of issues surrounding Hopper, Joyce and Nancy. They all sucked down this ash and surely have to exhibit something in season two. Hopefully, it’s not just glanced over.
7. They had a funeral for Will!
Ok, this is going to be the hardest logistical part of season two. The rest of the issues are supernatural, and can therefore be explained by not saying anything other than just “aliens”. It’s annoying, but it is easy to defend from a story stand point. Everyone in the town thought Will was dead. There was a funeral. People showed up. They cried. They mourned. So, what the hell are they going to tell everyone?
Did Will just wake up? Is the entire town going to undergo some kind of brainwashing at the hands of the Department of Energy? (Doubtful). I honestly don’t know how they are going to pull this one off. Since it deals with humans capable of actual philosophical thought, it will be impossible to just glance over this. Surely people are going to see Will on the street walking by and be like “Wait, what? I thought he….hold on a sec. What?”
Hopper isn’t dumb. He’s a great cop, and it’s obvious he has something up his sleeve. There is still the deal he cut with the Department of Energy, though. The issue at hand is whether or not Hopper knows his plan of action yet, or simply knows he has to do something, and will figure it out on the fly. I’m going with the latter, as season two takes place a full one year later, and it’s doubtful he would wait that long if he already had a plan in place.
Seriously though, there was a funeral.
8. Is Paul Reiser’s character just as evil as Brennen? Will Hopper end up with Joyce over Sean Astin?
Brennen won’t be returning. After all, it’s hard to do so after your eyeballs get blown up, right? Paul Reiser was announced as his replacement at the Energy Department, so is it possible he is the key to revealing its mystery? It obviously won’t come willingly, but my guess is that Hopper finds a way to manipulate the story to get out by some show of force against the new director. Sean Astin is the new love interest for Joyce in season two as well. It will be interesting to see how things pan out with she and Hopper, and if Astin will be on the receiving end of a Hopper fist.
There are plenty more to ponder as well. Why weren’t Will’s friends scared to death when he got back? Their reaction was an odd mix of acceptance and joy, which exhibited, seemingly, no fear. These aren’t adults, these are kids. I’m 38 years old, and if I saw my friend come back from the dead, after witnessing a killer monster get evaporated by my newly found super-powered acquaintance, I’d be a bit freaked out.
I’d also like to get some answers, and see some developments on a few other topics, for example;
- What’s up with Steve’s Mullet?
- Why the hell did Nancy stay with Steve?
- Will Eleven discover syrup?
- Why don’t Dustin and Lucas’ parents give a crap that they are never home?
We have about three and a half months left until Stranger Things season two hits Netflix on October 27th. We only have one trailer for now, but one should be coming up during San Diego Comic Con next week. Hopefully, it doesn’t reveal too much, as the show’s mystery is its best part.
Check out the first trailer for season 2 below.