New Stranger Things Season 2 script pages reveal more details about that arcade scene

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Sep 14, 2017

Stranger Things Season 2 is only about six weeks away at this point, and we still know very little about what to expect. We know the town of Hawkins will face another threat from the Upside Down, we know Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) is still traumatized and facing visions of what's to come, and we know Mike (Finn Wolfhard) still holds fast to his belief that he'll see Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) again. 

The blockbuster San Diego Comic-Con trailer -- set to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" -- revealed a few more details, but nothing too heavy: Hopper (David Harbour) is still very much in tune with what's happening to his town. Joyce (Winona Ryder) is still very worried about her son. Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) is still adventurous and eager to seek out the mysterious. And, of course, the boys are (for at least a little while) back to having fun together in the local arcade. 

The arcade sequence, in which Dustin crashes and burns during a game of Dragon's Lair while Will gets an Upside Down vision, kicks off the Comic-Con trailer. It's a great marriage of the show's focus on these geeky friends and its supernatural overall threat, but what the trailer gives us is very brief. 

The show's creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, have been very reluctant to give too much information about Season 2. They've been so secretive that one new cast member, Sadie Sink, went to Comic-Con with the rest of the young cast and could basically tell us nothing about her character other than that she was the new kid at school. Now that's changing ... a little.

Today, Entertainment Weekly dropped two script pages from the new season, with annotations from the Duffer Brothers, that offer more context for the arcade scene. In addition to playing Dragon's Lair, the boys also head over to Dig Dug, only to find that Dustin's precious high score has been overtaken by a user named "MADMAX." As the boys demand to know the identity of this impossibly good gamer, an arcade employee demands something in exchange: a date with Mike's older sister, Nancy (Natalia Dyer). Sink's character is named Max, and EW's report confirms that this moment references her. So we now know something new about Max: She's really good at Dig Dug.

It's a fun little scene, and it concludes with Will's new vision of the Upside Down. The Duffers' explanation of that might be the clearest peek at the new season we've seen yet.

“‘Focus our attention on Will’ is really a sign of things to come this season, as our main storyline centers on Will and his recovery. Just because Will was rescued from the Upside Down doesn’t mean he’s safe …”

To read the script pages and the full annotations from The Duffer Brothers, head over to Entertainment WeeklyStranger Things returns October 27 on Netflix.