Netflix's surprise hit of last year, the nostalgia-fueled sci-fi horror drama Stranger Things, returns Friday for a second season, thrusting viewers back into all the weirdness that early-'80s Hawkins, Indiana, can muster. Creators Matt and Ross Duffer have been largely quiet about what Season 2 holds, but posters, trailers and a slew of teasers have offered hints as to what lies ahead.
The first season centered on the disappearance of 12-year-old Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), who was whisked away to the chaotic Upside-Down dimension by one of its monstrous denizens. Will's friends teamed up with the enigmatic telekinetic girl Eleven (Milly Bobbie Brown), while his mother sought the help of the local police chief. The two groups eventually came together to liberate Will from the Upside-Down, seemingly losing Eleven in the process. But Will's connection to that dark dimension is far from over.
Promotional materials for the second season have teased a massive, sinister force on the horizon, with Will seemingly the focus of its attention. Meanwhile, Eleven is back, but what do a series of since-removed episode titles reveal about her arc? And is the nefarious Department of Energy still up to its old tricks? Most importantly, what about Barb? Let's make some predictions!
We'll Meet One of Eleven's 'Brothers'
In August 2016, Netflix released the titles of each episode in Season 2, only to reveal new ones early this month. What's the reason for the change? Well, once those original titles debuted the Duffer brothers discovered they were a little too revealing, as fans began to theorize, piecing together major plot points from little more than a handful of words. Perhaps the most interesting of the original titles was the finale: "The Lost Brother."
Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) was one of the more interesting characters in Season 1, not only because she was a clairvoyant raised to penetrate the veil between worlds, but because her name implies she's not the first to do so. It's completely possible there's a Five, Six and Seven, and maybe even a Twelve or a Thirteen. It seems clear the Upside-Down has been riled in the second season, and it could be that the Department of Energy hasn't completed its experiments. Maybe part of that has to do with one of Eleven's laboratory siblings?