In an interview with Noah Schnapp - who played Will Byers, Winona Ryder’s missing son on the hit supernatural show - confirmed he had been “upgraded to a series regular”, and teased at what was to come.
“You’ll be seeing more of me. I’ll be there,” said Schnapp. “In the last episode, I threw up a slug, so season 2 begins with what happens from there. There may have been some effect on him. I may or may not have turned into a monster. You’ll have to watch to find out.”
Filming of season 2 is currently underway and the original cast - which includes Winona Ryder and Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven - have confirmed they are returning, along with Goonies star Sean Astin, and Mad About You’s Paul Reiser.
Finn Wolfhard, who portrays Mike Wheeler, added that now the characters have been established, the actors are “very conscious of them” and can take them to the next level. “I think we’ve grown up a little bit, and our characters have too, he said. “They have been through alot and have used those experiences to help them grow and to be stronger in Season 2.”
And that’s not all. Shawn Levy - Stranger Things’ director and executive producer - also dropped some clues about what we might expect when the new season hits our screens later this year.
“Season 2 is bigger and potentially darker in its stakes,” said Levy. “The threat, which in Season 1 was to Will Byers, has grown. That’s all I’m going to say!
“But, I will say Season 2 has a bigger cast and is definitely loyal to the kind of magical storytelling that we established in the first season. It’s character-based and still about our core group of characters.”
In addition to industry recognition, the actors have also bowled over by attention from fans, including one request from a fan who asked Schnapp to accompany her to the prom.
“She actually really meant it. She was like, ‘Here’s my address. Be there at 7.’ It was hilarious,” said Schnapp. “I did say yes. It’s coming up. Since I said yes, I have to keep my promise and really go to the prom with her.”
Stranger Things season 2 is scheduled to appear on Netflix in 2017.