Despite all the nasty stuff that’s gone down in the woods surrounding Hawkins, the Stranger Things kids don’t seem too put off. Netflix’s hit summer 2016 series returns for a highly-anticipated second season this fall, and it seems the kids will be returning to the forest near Mirkwood Road for the final two episodes.
Tim Ives, the cinematographer behind Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things, shared a photo on Thursday of some familiar-looking woods and the back of his set chair, emblazoned with his name in that distinctive Stranger Things type.
“My on set chair back against familiar woods,” Ives wrote. “We start filming the final 2 episodes of season 2 tomorrow. Super stoked and melancholy at the same time.”
That melancholy probably comes from wrapping up the second season of the show. It would be ridiculous to read any more into his wording, right? It would be ridiculous to assume that he’s melancholy for, say, a plot-related reason. Fans of the ‘80s-era show are hungry for plot details, which have been few and far between.
The Season 2 Superbowl ad — a teaser trailer of sorts — hinted at a dark season that delves into much more horror than the first, revealing a monstrous, kaiju-esque Demogorgon and, possibly, an Upside Down-dwelling Eleven.
Season 2 will include a host of new characters — including Power Rangers star Dacre Montgomery as a Camaro-driving pretty boy named Billy — and finally reveal Eleven’s origin story. No doubt, fans will also learn what, exactly, happened to Eleven after she martyred herself to defeat the Demogorgon at the end of Season 1.
Here’s hoping the kids are at least somewhat careful now when romping around Mirkwood Forest.
Stranger Things Season 2 premieres on Netflix on Halloween, October 31.