‘Stranger Things’: Season 2 Timeline, Eleven Theory, Poster/Font Designers, Virtual Reality and More
Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
I’m not sure about you, but Stranger Things is still very much on our minds. That is why today we are presenting another round-up of Stranger Things-related goodness, from fan art to unofficial t-shirts, from fan theories to news, tidbits and beyond.
Find out when Stranger Things Season 2 will take place, find out what the Department of Energy thinks of the factual accuracy of the series, hear a crazy fan theory which tries to explain who Eleven is, learn how the Stranger Things key art was created, learn about the genius behind the design of the show’s typography, and how the show was turned down by over a dozen networks. All this and much much more below.
Header image via Twitter.
Barb disappeared from Hawkins without many people noticing but that doesn’t mean that no one is looking for her. The above flyer was spotted by Mashable, written from the perspective of Barb’s friend Nancy. The flyer reads:
Her mom doesn’t care that she’s missing and our friends assume she’s studying at the library, and I’m kind of busy with my boyfriend, but she’s been missing for a while now and I guess we should start looking for her.She drives a VW, has red hair, red glasses and a wardrobe that elicits sympathy.Goes by Barb.
How funny and sad. The flyer even has little rip-off tabs at the bottom that instead of containing contact information, says phrases such as “Good riddance,” “I love Steve,” and “Barb who?” 100 points to the fan who made this.
Stranger Things Season Two Timeline Will Probably Take Place a Year Later
The Duffer Brothers have revealed new information about Stranger Things season 2. The brother directing duo admits that the second season will probably jump a year ahead. Here is an excerpt from their interview with IGN:
Matt: Yeah, you have to do the Harry Potter thing. You have to jump a year. Because like Gaten [Matarazzo], his voice has already dropped quite a bit, to the point where we couldn’t even do ADR with him. We had to pitch it way up. It’s dropped. He’s grown. As much as I would love to have it be Christmas right after that, it’s just not feasible, so we’re going to skip a year. They’ll be a year older and all their changes they’re going through, we’ll take that into account and kind of work that into the show.
Ross: It’s also just exciting having these initial conversations about it because the jump allows us to say “what happened in that year?” It actually opens up a lot more storytelling possibilities. These characters have changed and the audience has to sort of fill in those gaps of what went on in that year. To us, it’s exciting. So the fact that we have to make this jump, because of the kids, we’re trying to use that to our advantage. … And how have these characters moved on with their lives and not just in the plot and supernatural [aspect] but also just in terms of their characters and what have they done to fill that time?
Matt: We like that they’ve all had a very traumatic, nightmare experience together and after it’s over they kind of try to sweep it all under the rug. Season 2 would be very differently, structurally. It would be that everything seems great on the surface, and then there are hints that things aren’t okay or that there are lingering effects from what happened last year. The initial instinct is to push that back and sweep that crap back under the rug but eventually it becomes impossible to ignore and so they have to confront the repercussions of everything they’ve experienced. I like to think about Stephen King’s It too. — that’s a big time jump. They jump like thirty years. But the idea that the evil is still there and comes back to haunt them and one of the characters finds out about it and kills themselves immediately. That image always stuck with me.
Stranger Things Fan Theory: Are Eleven and Hopper Connected?
We previously attempted to answer most of your Stranger Things questions, but there’s one we’ve been unable to answer fully: Who is Eleven? Well, a popular fan theory has popped up: that Eleven is Hopper’s daughter reincarnated. But is it true? We know the Duffer Brothers have an explanation for Eleven’s origins, although I feel like we got a peek at the most plausible answers in the series itself. So why would she be Hopper’s dead daughter reincarnated?
1. Hopper had a daughter who died young. 2. Eleven has that asshole doctor dude she calls “Papa,” who is for sure not her actual father. 3. Eleven is a magical interdimensional being whose origins aren’t 100 percent clear at this point. 4. Hopper somehow knew Eleven loved Eggo waffles, meaning he knew more about her than he originally let on. The only logical explanation is somehow Eleven is Hopper’s daughter, be it through reincarnation or multidimensional body finagling or whatever.
I’m not sure I buy this, and season one definitely doesn’t present enough evidence either way. The Duffer Brothers have said that they hope for Eleven to team up with Hopper in season 2. And we have seen that both girls have similar taste in stuffed animals, but what does that mean?