‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Cast and Creators Tease New Characters, Justice for Barb at SDCC

A wall covered with letters started bulging and counting down as lights flickered across Hall H. No, the screen wasn’t possessed and the electricity was fine — it just meant it was time for the Stranger Things panel at 2017’s Comic-Con International in San Diego.

The highly anticipated second season drops October 27, 2017 on the Netflix streaming service just in time for Halloween. The panel began with clips recapping the first season before moderator Patton Oswalt came to the stage and promised Stranger Things footage that no one has ever seen.

First to come out on the panel were creators Matt and Ross Duffer as well as Executive Producer Shawn Levy, and Matt Duffer said that the inspiration behind Stranger Things would have been the ultimate film.

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“What would be the ultimate movie? Spielberg directing a beefy Stephen King book with a John Carpenter soundtrack,” Matt Duffer said.

When Shawn Levy was first presented with the Stranger Things script, he could tell it was something great. “I knew that this combination of an 80’s backdrop, genre and character authenticity was going to be something special,” he shared. They continued by discussing the look and feel of the show, including the font choice for the opening titles and the synthesized sound heard on the series.

Cast members were then brought out to thundering applause, including David Harbour (Chief Hopper), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Mararazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Matthew Modine (Martin Brenner), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), and Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler). Oswalt had some fun with “Finn Wolfhard”’s pornstar-like name, inspiring some back and forth wwith the young actor.

Some highlights from the pamel:

Click here to watch the new Stranger Things Season 2 trailer, and to catch up on all of our SDCC coverage, click here.

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