Not a whole lot, if I’m being honest, but let’s discuss what we DO know. We can speculate about the rest.
Perhaps the most exciting bit of confirmed news for me is that the Shadow Monster will return. “The Shadow Monster is still lurking up there out there in the Upside Down. He is determined to find a way to achieve his goals,” said director-slash-executive producer Shawn Levy, who has also revealed that the season will take place during the kids’ summer vacation in 1985. That’s gonna hit all kinds of nostalgia buzzers for me, as that period in my life marked a transition for me. I finished junior high that spring and started high school that fall. The summer in-between was magical, even more magical than summer vacation usually was.
What else we got? Not much. It’s a virtual guarantee that the kid stars will look older; they’re growing up too fast, for narrative purposes. Sure, we can and probably will enjoy the adventures of these kids as teenagers, high school students, but I’m in no hurry to get there. Part of the potent formula of this show is the way the innocence of childhood contrasts with the unnatural darkness of the evil present.
That’s it. That’s all I got. Except that I hope to see the Demogorgon again. It was too cool a monster for it not to get a “sequel.”