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Stranger Things 2 spawns in an unexpected place and awakens new monsters

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Sep 27, 2017

Just when you thought the monsters were emerging from Hawkins in Stranger Things 2, they probably will be, but it's been revealed that the intro awakens somewhere that couldn’t be more different from the sleepy suburb with a right-side-up and an Upside-Down—an urban jungle.

“I liked opening the show in a place not in Hawkins, in an urban environment,” Matt Duffer told Entertainment Weekly. “I want people thinking maybe they’ve clicked on the show and then, boom, you realize ‘Oh now we’re still in it.’ But it’s all about broadening, and expanding our world.”

Ross Duffer only turned the speculation meter up more when he gave a glimpse into the many-tentacled upcoming season.

“We have all these different threads,” he said, “and you don’t see how possibly all these things could come together and then slowly but surely they all play an integral role in the story this season.”

The Duffer brothers want Stranger Things 2 to be a sequel even though Netflix was leery of passing it off as such because of so many sequels that have fallen into the Upside-Down of the cinematic universe, never to be seen or heard from again. Except using the dreaded “s” word didn’t condemn T2 or Aliens to the vault of forgettable flicks. There is a creeping feeling that the dreaded sequel curse is unlikely to affect a series as electric (both literally and otherwise) as Stranger Things, which Netflix hardly expected to turn into the monster it became when those lights first blinked on and off last year.

If the Demogorgon didn’t have you staring wide-eyed into the darkness instead of going to sleep, there are more monsters just waiting to be unleashed in the new season, including the menacing “shadow monster” that Will confronted in flashbacks of the Upside-Down. There are also whispers about something Will sees in the sky, something possibly even scarier than a creature that looks like a giant rotting orchid with teeth.

Also, Eleven has new hair. Meaning, she actually has hair this time. Whether or not it will stand on end when she uses telekinesis to throw things that weigh at least a hundred times what she does remains to be seen.

Stranger Things 2 opens its eyes (appropriately enough) on October 27. Get ready to marathon it for Halloween.

(via Entertainment Weekly)

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