Stranger Things Season 2 will feature a few new faces. Netflix is being cagey about the whole thing, but it looks like three fresh characters will be joining the once-sleepy town of Hawkins, Indiana.
Series creators Matt and Ross Duffer teased some new characters when they officially announced Season 2, and a new report suggests that casting is underway.
Netflix representatives told Inverse the news was not confirmed. But still, TV Line reports that sources who are allegedly in the casting world say three new characters are on the way: “Max,” “Billy,” and “Roman.”
Per the TV Line report, Billy is a “very muscular and hyper-confident Camaro-driving” male. He seems like the perfect foil for the newly redeemed pretty-boy Steve Harrington.
Another new character, Roman, is a “thirty-something gender-neutral role,” and the character has “suffered a great loss at an early age and has been seeking revenge ever since.” Does that sound vaguely like a non-vegetable version of Terry Ives, the MK Ultra test patient who may or may not be Elevens mother, or what?
But it’s the third character TV Line describes who is most perplexing. Max — who will like be the person Season 2’s first chapter “Madmax” refers to — is described as a “tough and confident 12-14 year-old female whose appearance, behavior and pursuits seem more typical of boys than of girls in this era.” TV Line also points out that she “eschews Hawkins primary mode of transportation — the bicycle for a skateboard, which she uses to get around everywhere.”
Stranger Things nerds will likely infer that the tomboyish Max may fill the void created by Eleven, after Season 1’s telekinetic hero mysteriously sacrificed herself to defeat the Demogorgon in “The Upside Down.” But Max seems like just another kid at Hawkins Middle School instead of a Hawkins National Laboratory test subject. After all, she doesn’t have a numbered name to suggest that she was caught up in Dr. Brenner’s mind-altering experiments, either.
Since El’s fate is very much up in the air right now (even though she’ll inevitably return), Max might be the non-weirdo that Mike, Lucas, Dustin, and Will need to cope with the loss of their weirdo friend.
Stranger Things Season 2 hits Netflix sometime in 2017.