“The Demogorgon was destroyed but evil wasn’t.”
That has a nice ring to it.
The above quote, from Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy, promises exciting times in store for everyone’s favorite Eighties nostalgia show (sorry, The Goldbergs).
Apparently, whatever we’ll be seeing in season two of Stranger Things, it’ll involve a big, scary, brand new monster for the people of Hawkins to ignore as it slowly kidnaps and murders all of their bespectacled redhead teenagers.
“What’s that? Barb is missing? Who cares, we’ve got to hold yet another candlelit vigil for Will Byers!”
One has to wonder whether Sherriff Hopper would have cared so much about Will if his mother wasn’t Wynona Ryder, but then, we all know the answer to that question.
For those who tuned in for the Superbowl, one ad break was particularly exciting. Plenty of Stranger Things fans tuned out, no longer paying attention to what they assumed was some kind of legacy Eggo commercial, before the scream of “Eleven!” brought them rushing back to the television screen.
And what a fun teaser it is! Short, sweet, and tightly focused on building hype for the show’s new season.
All is going well until the end, and the gut-wrenching, heart-stopping final word of text that leaves fans feeling like all the wind has been taken out of their sails.
“Halloween”?! October?! We’ve got to wait another eight months for all this?!
Eight months of waiting before seeing the enormous monster that fans have dubbed the Thessalhydra in action, raging across Hawkins as a red sky sparks with lightning?
Eight months before finding out what happened to Eleven, or learning the full extent of what happened to Will Byers that made him casually vomit slugs in a way that makes Ron Weasley jealous of his composure?
Eight months before getting to see Hopper, Joyce, and Samwise Gamgee caught in an embarrassing love triangle?
Eight months before we get to see the young cast dancing to the Ghostbusters theme on Jimmy Kimmel?
This wait is made all the more grueling by the fact that, true to the legacy of the original season, Stranger Things 2 (as it’s described in the teaser) looks absolutely awesome. It’s clear that, as Shawn Levy has suggested, there’s plenty more monstrous light horror in the show’s future.
What’s more, it looks like what we’ll be getting next is going to be bigger and better than anything we saw in the first season.
It’s going to be a long wait.
Besides, it’s also making us all hungry. Who wants to go for an Eggos run?