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It’s fitting that Stranger Things is premiering close to Halloween because it sounds like the show is raising the horror quotient in season 2.
“It’s a lot darker and scarier,” said star Noah Schnapp in an interview with Entertainment Weekly at Comic-Con International Saturday. “They’ll explain in season 2 how [Will coughing up a slug in the season 1 finale] affected him personally and mentally, and they’ll get more into everyone’s story lines.”
Schnapp was joined by fellow cast members Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard, and season 2 newcomer Sadie Sink, all of whom offered a few more teases about what to expect in the Netflix drama’s second season. Given Eleven’s (Brown) apparent death in the first season finale, you can expect a lot of grieving when the show returns.
“He’s kind of devastated,” says Wolfhard about his character Mike. “His whole demeanor has faded away, I guess. He’s not really a leader anymore. He’s just kind of there. He doesn’t really want to go on adventures anymore. He just kind of goes to school and does his own things, kind of a loner. As the season goes on, he kind of goes back to his old ways.”
Brown says Eleven is also lamenting her separation from Mike. “She’s obviously grieving from being away from Mike,” said Brown. “It’s a very big thing for her mentally. It’s a big climax this season for Eleven and you’ll earn a lot more about her, and it’s gonna be very exciting, very unpredictable. You don’t really find out what you want to find out, but then when you find out, you like it.”
Watch the entire video above to find out more details about Sink’s new character Max and what’s in store for Dustin (Matarazzo) this season.
Stranger Things returns Oct. 27 on Netflix.