Hands up who wants justice for Barb
Stranger Things season 2 is happening. We repeat, the hit Netflix show Stranger Things has been confirmed for a second season, and we're pretty bloody excited. So, if you are looking for the release dates, season 2 cast members and storylines, look no further. Here's what we know so far...
Stranger Things season 2 release date?
Ok, so details are a little thin on the ground at this stage, but what we do know is that Stranger Things will be returning for a second season sometime in 2017.
Stranger Things season 2 trailer?
There is no official trailer just yet, but you can take a peak at the Stranger Things season 2 announcement video below.
How many episodes are they making?
There'll be nine episodes in total.
And what do we know about the cast?
So far we knoe that there will be two new cast members joining Stranger Things series two. It's been reported that the series creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, have enlisted Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery as series regulars for season two. Sink (American Odyssey) will play Max, a tough and confident tomboy with a suspicious past, and Montgomery (Power Rangers) will play Billy, Max's edgy older stepbrother.
On top of that, it's being reported that Joe Keery (Steve Harrington) and Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) have been made regular cast members.
These new castings, though, still don't address the one issue that has plagued Stranger Things fans since the show's last episode...
'We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb,' Matt Duffer revealed during an interview with IGN. 'People get very frustrated, understandably, that the town doesn’t seem to be really dealing with Barb. That stuff is all happening. We’re just not spending any screen time on it.'
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In case you haven't the foggiest what we're talking about *spoiler alert*, one key character dies rather gruesomely during the first season of Stranger Things, and apparently, no one seemed to care. Yep, Barb, bespectacled BFF of Nancy, lover of mom jeans and moon boots, kind of came to a sticky end in the Upside Down with no one really giving a shit, and fans of the Molly Ringwald-esque teen are clamouring on social media for Barb to return - or at least, have her grisly death addressed by the show's creators.
Now, Netflix have released this featurette, where news reporter Brenda Wood calls for people to look into Barb's mysterious (and under-investigated) disappearance...
But, as much as the Barb memes/dolls/tributes circulated and fans questioned whether or not she was actually dead (I mean, she did look pretty dead...) Matt Duffer explained that his not dealing with the whole Barb issue wasn't a slight on her character - it was more a matter of time.
'It’s not like her parents are like ‘Oh Barb left. She died!’, he explained. 'Season One actually takes place over the course of six or seven days – it’s a really short period of time. So part of what we want to do with hypothetical season 2 is to explore the repercussions of everything that happened.'
But before you start brushing off those bottle-cap glasses in preparation for Barb's triumphant return, we've got some bad news. Matt Duffer has hinted that our gal may not be returning to the show:
'I can’t see it happening,' came Matt’s response when asked by IGN. 'But Barb will not be forgotten.'
Following the news that Stranger Things would be getting a second season, Shannon Purser (the actress who plays Barb) sent Twitter into another spiral by tweeting hours after the announcement:
We've finally been renewed for Season 2!!! So happy for my fellow cast! Hope to see them again soon.— Shannon Purser (@ShannonPurser7) August 31, 2016
Wait, what? Is that confirmation that Barb is coming back? 318 retweets later, Shannon quickly rectified the potential cast spoiler with:
Sorry guys, I'm as much in the dark about s2 as you are. I say "we" because the cast/crew have become a bit of a family for me. So proud.— Shannon Purser (@ShannonPurser7) August 31, 2016
Crikey, the anticipation is killing us guys. What we do know is that Shannon has been to LA to meet with casting directors, and has now landed a role opposite Melissa McCarthy in an upcoming movie, Life Of The Party. She’ll also be in American TV series Riverdale.
Watch this space...