Stranger Things lost a couple cast members in its first season, but it’s going to replenish its ranks for season two. The second season was officially announced yesterday with creators The Duffer Brothers saying they were influenced by the works of James Cameron and sequels like Aliens, Terminator 2, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
So where do the new characters fit into the reference-fest that is Stranger Things? According to THR, the show is looking to add three new characters. The first two, Max and Roman, will be series regulars with the third, Billy, listed as a potential series regular.
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 has a difficult relationship with her step-brother 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.
Max’s step-brother 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 past school he attended. 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.
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.
So what will these characters bring to the dynamic of Stranger Things? And what does it mean for the characters who currently putter around Hawkins? Details are still scarce on what season two holds. We know that it picks up almost a year later in the fall of 1984, and the official logline reads: “When terrifying supernatural forces once begin to affect Hawkins, they realize Will’s disappearance was only the beginning. And so the adventure continues…”
Stranger Things Season 2 premieres in 2017.