There will be justice for Barb!
The Stranger Things panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 was chock full of delectable teases, but the highlight may have been a surprise appearance by Shannon Purser. Fans of the show will recognize the star as Barb from Season 1 and Ethel from Riverdale.
While creators Matt and Ross Duffer confirmed Barb would not be returning for Season 2 (sad day), they did confirm that "Barb will be avenged."
Demogorgon be damned.
Other fun spoilers include...
We pick back up with Eleven where we last saw her
In two all-new trailers aired during the panel, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) can be seen in the Upside-Down version of the classroom in which we last saw her. Moments after having defeated the Demogorgon for good, she's able to make her way through the sticky mucus of the Upside-Down, entering the real world once again and surely rejoining her friends immediately.
Noah Schnapp's Will Byers is still stuck between dimensions
Following his time in the Upside-Down, Will is back in the real world... but is he really? In the trailers mentioned above, Will is seen flashing between his own world and that of the Demogorgon's. "Sometimes, I feel like I still see it," he's seen telling his mom (Winona Ryder).
One major challenge for the crew, it seems, will be to help Will move fully to the real world and leave the Upside-Down in the past.
"Compared to last season, Will shows more bravery," Schnapp said. "You'll learn how the Upside-Down affected him, get more into his storyline."
The official introduction of three brand new characters
Actor Paul Reiser (Alien) probably plays a villain: "I basically come in from the government to clean up the mess," he shared.
Newcomer Bacre Montgomery, meanwhile, portrays Billy, a high school friend, foe or something in between of Nancy Wheeler's (Natalia Dyer).
"I was a huge fan of the first season," he said. "The Duffers want him to be a human antagonist versus the monster antagonists of the past. I'm dropping a little spice into the recipe that you all know and love, which is an honor. It's been a lot of fun."
And young Sadie Sink, who has worked with Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin previously, plays Mad Max.
"I watched the first season... all my friends loved it. I loved it," she enthused. "So getting the audition was so exciting. [Mad Max] moves from California, so that's how she fits into Season 2.
A hint at Chief Hopper's Season 2 storyline
Hopper gets to do some very thrilling, sexy things in Season 2, so enjoy, kids.
"In Season 1, Hopper gets to go on such a classic journey," actor David Harbour said. "He was such a loser, but by Episode 4, you're like, 'If he dies, I'm suing Netflix.' Keep those emails coming, by the way," he laughed.
"The journey was so satisfying, to see him come to life," he continued. That breath he takes after he revives Will, he sort of wakes up. In Season 2, it's a year later and you can't do the same thing... you can't wake up again. So you're gonna see a wildly different arc in Season 2, but for me, it's just as satisfying. And it all begins with leaving eggos in the woods for someone he thinks might still be out there. He's got daughter issues of his own, so we'll also get into that."
Stranger Things Season 2 premieres Friday, October 27.