Stranger Things is back for its sophomore season, and the way things left off, there are undoubtedly many more “strange” things set to happen.
Will Barb come back, for example? We know from the Season 2 trailer that Eleven has returned, and she now has a mop of curly hair.
So what else will happen in Hawkins this season? We’re aware you’re going to be binge-watching this show (possibly even right now), but this is the perfect opportunity to get our predictions in — no matter how outlandish.
Here are some strange things that could happen on Stranger Things in Season 2.
Barb returns as a super-cool version of herself, becomes immensely popular
No one even really looked for Barb when she went missing, so really, she deserves something. Based on the insane popularity of the ensuing Barb meme, it’s all but a guarantee that she’ll be back in some form or another. It would be the best if she came back sans glasses, paisley dress and awkwardness, instead appearing at the high school as the coolest woman to walk the planet. But we suppose that’s more of a ’90s movie arc.
Nancy and Jonathan hook up
Not as outlandish as much as it is certain, these two have made eyes at each other for so long it’s getting boring. We can imagine some incredibly awkward situation where they fall into each other somehow, leading to an impromptu, heated make-out session.
Eleven enters a waffle-eating contest and wins
Sure, these most likely don’t exist, but if they did, Eleven would win. It would be a fun aside, a la Barf-o-Rama in classic ’80s movie Stand By Me. Eleven power-eating Eggo waffles like they’re nothing, while her competitors struggle to finish one lone box.
Will has a Demogorgon inside of his body
Remember Alien and Aliens? The horrific imagery of the intergalactic creature ripping out of a human stomach? When the small Demogorgon slug came out of Will’s mouth, it was an instant flashback. There’s some version of the Demogorgon inside of Will, just waiting to come out. It’s anyone’s guess what disgusting form it’ll take, and how it’ll get out of him.
Joyce goes on a search for her ‘buoy’
With Will back in Hawkins, Joyce (Winona Ryder) turns her attention to finding her father’s long-lost boat, along with a prized buoy he gave her for her birthday. This way we won’t have to miss Joyce asking, “Where’s my buoy?” (Maybe a Jaws tie-in, too, while we’re at it?)
Eleven is back, but her powers are even stronger
With her new-found curls, Eleven looks slightly less intimidating, but her return can only mean she’s far more powerful. At least, that’s what we’re hoping. Telekinesis, ESP, the ability to fly, transmorphism, you name it. We want it all for Eleven.
Forget the Demogorgon, Pennywise visits Hawkins
Finn Wolfhard (Mike) starred as the funnyman Richie Tozier in this summer’s horror hit, It. At times, the movie felt so much like Stranger Things that it wouldn’t be that big of a stretch to have a mini crossover. Horror was a big deal in the ’80s, after all.
We’ll get to meet the other kids, numbered One to Ten
Where are all the others? Surely Eleven wasn’t just named Eleven because Dr. Brenner just fancied the number. There has to be a group of 10 previous
subjects kids who underwent similar experiments. There might be a room where the kids reside, some horribly disfigured and others with immense powers, at the lab. It would fit into the ’80s motif to have the kids stumble upon that room and discover whatever lies behind the door.
A permanent gateway to the Upside Down is opened, and ’80s monsters start pouring out
Whoops! When Will returned to Hawkins, he accidentally left a gateway open to the Upside Down, unleashing any number of ’80s creatures from the abyss: Gremlins, Mogwai, Ewoks, Critters, Ghoulies, Slimer, the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, The Predator, Brundle Fly, Freddy Krueger and — sure, why not? — Cujo.
Bob Newby (Sean Astin) and Joyce hook up in a nostalgia overload
Sean Astin is the new guy this season, and what better way to inaugurate him than to give him a sweet love interest? Isn’t there something so charmingly poetic about pairing adorable Mikey from Goonies with sullen Lydia from Beetlejuice? We’d get behind that.
Got any out-there ideas? Have your say in the comments section below.
‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 is now available on Netflix.