‘Stranger Things’: First look at season 2 debuting months from now on Halloween

Season 2 of “Stranger Things” is a long, long way off with its Netflix debut slated months from now on Halloween. To tide you over, enjoy clicking through our gallery above of new photos just released. Viewers might have to wait longer than expected but the good news is that their will be nine episodes instead of eight.

Notably absent from these pictures is last year’s breakout Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven. Viewers will have to keep speculating how she will make her grand return after sacrificing herself at the end of the first season.

Sign up to get Gold Derby’s free newsletter
with experts’ latest predictions and breaking news

The mysterious program released a new trailer during this month’s Super Bowl and gave away the fall release date.  In other news about the show, it was unveiled that new cast members will include Paul Reiser, Sean AstinLinnea Berthelsen, Sadie Sink, and Dacre Montgomery. Cast members returning include Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Noah Schnapp. Oscar winner Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” 2003 and “Wall-E,” 2008) will also direct two episodes.

Netflix originals:
Top 34 binge-worthy TV shows, from ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘Fuller House’

Pundits are already wondering if the 15-month gap between seasons could hurt its Emmy chances. That would be a shame seeing as “Stranger Things” has been on an awards roll. This awards season has been one of the best ever for Netflix as “Stranger Things” and “The Crown” have been going head-to-head. “Stranger Things” recently bested the two-time Emmy champ “Game of Thrones” at the Producers Guild Awards, took home the SAG Award for Best Drama Ensemble, and was nominated at the Golden Globes for Best TV Drama (losing to “The Crown”). Comeback star Ryder picked up both Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for Best TV Drama Actress (losing both to Claire Foy). Brown also competed in that category at SAG.

Predict the Oscar winners now; change them until February 26

Be sure to make your Oscar predictionsWeigh in now with your picks so that Hollywood insiders can see how their films are faring in our Oscar odds. You can keep changing your predictions right up until just before winners are announced on February 26 at 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET. And join in the fierce debate over the Oscars taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our forums.

More News from GoldDerby