Here Are the New Characters for Stranger Things Season 2

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We’ve been abuzz since we heard that Netflix’s Stranger Things got a second season and can’t stop speculating wildly about the unanswered questions the last episode left. That being said, if you’re trying to avoid season 1 spoilers or want to go into season 2 with a blank slate, now would be the time to head back.

We got some news about season 2 recently, like the fact that it would take place a little bit after season 1 over 9 episodes (“Madmax,” “The Boy Who Came Back to Life,” “The Pumpkin Patch,” “The Palace,” “The Storm,” “The Pollywog,” “The Secret Cabin,” “The Brain,” and “The Lost Brother” respectively), include more of the Upside Down, and introduce four new characters. Now, we have some new info on who these new players will be. Through casting channels, TV Line has the names and descriptions of three new characters and in true Stranger Things fashion, they give us more questions than answers.

First is Max, a “tough and confident” 12-14 year-old girl whose “appearance, behavior and pursuits seem more typical of boys than of girls in this era.” She gets around by skateboard, unlike the bicycle-riding boys of season 1. Since the first episode is titled “MadMax,” she might have some anger (unless we’re talking about the other kind of mad). Is Max going to be the new Eleven? We’ll have to wait and see.

Next off, we have Billy, Max’s “very muscular and hyper-confident” Camaro-driving older brother. It’s possible that season 2 will do a similar older-sibling/younger-sibling plot and we’ll have to see how Billy fits into Nancy/Steve/Jonathan’s circle (Tommy and Carol are the worst). Since we have an episode titled “The Lost Brother,” he’ll probably lose his way at some point (unless it’s a different kind of loss). Then again, we do have lots of brothers in the Stranger Things world, several of which already have a tendency to go missing.

Finally, there’s Roman, a thirtysomething who has suffered “a great loss at an early age and has been seeking revenge ever since.” Interestingly, Roman is being cast as gender-neutral despite having a traditionally male name. Their description certainly sounds villainous, and since we (sorta) lost our villain last season, there’s a chance that Roman will be the one to fill those shoes.

Movies.com also points out that 1984, the year season 2 takes place, is also right after Ghostbusters, Gremlins, The Karate Kid, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The Duffer brothers stated that Temple of Doom along with sequels from James Cameron will be big inspirations, as “[Cameron] makes them feel very different without losing what we loved about the original.”

What do you think of our new characters?

(via /Film)

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