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'Stranger Things' Season 2 Is Adding Some More Killer '80s Archetypes

By Vivian Kane | Industry | September 6, 2016 |

By Vivian Kane | Industry | September 6, 2016 |

Now that Netflix has finally gotten its rear in gear and officially renewed Stranger Things for a second season, it’s time to start speculating, or at least aggressively anticipating what the new season will entail. We’ve already gotten the second round of episode titles:

And now we know of three new characters that will be joining the cast. The second season will pick up about a year after the end of season one, which means that the ’80s nostalgia that drove the show should still be in full force. And these character descriptions sure do support that assumption.

Here’s who’s new to season two:

Billy is a super muscular, overconfident 17-year-old. He’s so captivating and edgy that there are rumors flying around that he killed someone at a school he attended in the past. Billy steals peoples’ girlfriends, is a drinking-game pro and drives a black Camaro. But his violent and unpredictable nature shows itself to those closest to him, especially to ones who are younger than he is.

So basically:

Christian Slater in Heathers (plus the muscles).


Or Breakfast Club’s John Bender (plus a Camaro).


Or ’80s Kiefer Sutherland (except probably not a vampire).


Max is a tough and confident 13-year-old female whose appearance, behavior and pursuits are more typical of boys than of girls in the era. She has a complicated history and a difficult relationship with her stepbrother, Billy, that’s made her protective of her past and generally suspicious of those around her. She’s also good on a skateboard, which she uses to get around pretty much everywhere.

So somewhere between season one Sam from Who’s the Boss?


And (a 13-year old version of) some Mary Stuart Masterson badassery?


And this isn’t ’80s, I know, but we can’t leave out Anybodys from West Side Story.


Roman, meanwhile, is described as a male or a female of any ethnicity between the ages of 30 and 38. After growing up homeless with a drug-addicted mother, he or she suffered a great loss at an early age and has been seeking revenge ever since. Roman is ultimately an outsider who doesn’t understand how to connect with people.

This could go a few ways, but maybe something along the lines of…


From THR via Oohlo.

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