Stranger Things panel gives up little, promises a lot

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Jul 22, 2017

The best part of the Stranger Things panel at Comic-Con -- the first since the Netflix horror series came out of nowhere to become a cultural phenomenon -- was the new trailer for the second season, complete with the Vincent Price-narrated portion of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" as its soundtrack.

But before the panel got to that trailer, moderator Patton Oswalt brought out the show's co-creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, as well as director/executive producer Shawn Levy and most of its young stars -- along with some new additions -- to bask in the audience love for the '80s-themed show.

The Duffers acknowledged that their goal was to create a show that would be the equivalent of "Spielberg directing a big, fat Stephen King book ... that was the dream," according to Ross (even the title font was meant to look like it was taken from a King novel). The self-described "movie nerds" also saw that television was become more cinematic and might be the right venue for their project, to which Levy concurred. But he also admitted that they didn't know if "anyone would let us make it," let alone watch it.

His worries were clearly unfounded as the show has taken off and is now looking at a Halloween premiere for its second season.

In addition to original cast members David Harbour, Matthew Modine, Finn Wolfhard, Nataila Dyer, Gaten Matarazzo, Millie Bobby Brown and Caleb McLaughlin, new recruits Paul Reiser, Dacre Montgomery and Sadie Sink joined the proceedings. But of course with everyone strictly staying away from revealing too much about the upcoming season, all Reiser would say was that he was "sent by the government to clean up Brenner's (Modine) mess," while Sink simply revealed that her character, named Max, was from California and new to Hawkins.

The biggest surprise of the hour -- aside from the new trailer -- was when Shannon Purser, who played the doomed Barb on the show, stepped up the fan mic to ask a question: "Will Barb be back for Season 2?"

The answer was no, but Harbour said Barb "will be avenged." Does that count as a spoiler?

Stranger Things 2 will be on Netflix this Halloween.