Watch: The producers of Stranger Things have raised the stakes for Season 2

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:17 AM EDT (Updated)

Season 2 of Stranger Things will be released on October 27 and we're gearing up for more adventures with the young D&D buddies we never had. We spoke to the producers at San Diego Comic-Con, who told us how eager they are to return to the Upside Down.

Actually, in the first season, they weren't going to show the Upside Down — the terrifying alternative universe that coats everything in gooey evil — at all, but they came around to the idea. Now, we're going to get even more Upside Down in the second season. According to executive producer Matt Duffer, "We want spend a little more time there ... Luckily, the show was successful [in its first season], so it's given us the opportunity to be able to do that."

What else are going to see? More of the characters. We'll be joining Dustin and Lucas at their homes, as well as meeting their families. We're also going to get unexpected pairings in that characters who didn't spend much time together last year will be hanging out this year.

As Shawn Levy, director and executive producer, says, Season 2 "is definitely bigger and definitely darker. It's always anchored everywhere in character. And that is the North Star guiding principle of Stranger Things. We know why we're here. It's not just genre. It's these people. It's these actors. It's these characters."

Will any or all of our heroes enter the Upside Down again? Will they come out intact? Tune in to Netflix in three months when Stranger Things returns.