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Stranger Things 2

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Welcome, again, to our vast portfolio full of on-set production stills from season 2 of "Stranger Things". And do we have something great lined up for the Fandom today.

Here's what you can expect inside.

This is the first of five parts. Not only will you see great on-set production stills from "Stranger Things" season 2. But also, we have Matt and Ross Duffer explaining the Lab, Rift and the Nether. These three things are a must know for every, and any fan of the series. And, we also have a 5-minute video with the cast and crew talking about the sets that look so real, they're actually scary in IRL. Let's go!

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Hopper arrives just in time in season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Will freaks out while Dustin, Joyce and Max try to help in season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Hopper and Joyce in the Byers' kitchen in season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Hopper does a little investigating in the Upside Down in season 2. (Source: Netflix)

The Upside Down

There’s Hawkins, Indiana, and then there’s a very dark, twisted, disturbing version of that town.

- Matt Duffer

Jonathan and Nancy in season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Will goes back to school, and everyone stares at 'Zombie Boy' in season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Will, Mike, Dustin and Lucas wonder who Max is in season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Hopper tries to understand what's happening to the pumpkins in season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Joyce is horrified to learn that Will still feels the Mind Flayer 'everywhere' in season 2. (Source: Netflix)

Hawkins Lab.

Hovering quietly in the small town of Hawkins is the government facility, Hawkins Laboratory. The townspeople assume it has something to do with the Cold War - being the early 80s.

No one is quite clear on what they do there. It’s revealed that the testing there is not overall aboveboard, nor is it within the parameters of what is known or considered acceptable or possible.

- Shawn Levy

Overseeing the testing is Dr. Brenner, played by Matthew Modine who has good intentions but whose actions don’t reflect that. The testing reveals supernatural abilities with Eleven.

The cast and crew of "Stranger Things" talk about the sets. (Source: Netflix)

Eleven leaves the upside down once again in season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Dustin, Mike, Lucas and Will are startled by Max in costume in season 2. (Source: Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix)
Hopper and Eleven compromise in season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Bob and Joyce share a laugh in season 2. (Source: Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix)
Eleven is back, and she's not happy in season 2. (Source: Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix)
Bob is always there to protect Joyce in season 2. (Source: Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix)

That lab is evil.

According to the Duffers, much of the conflict in Hawkins is not about monsters and the supernatural, but about people being terrible to each other and how they react to that. The boys as well as the teens encounter the dark side of Hawkins first hand when they discover the lab.

Something sinister is happening in this lab, and it’s been unleashed on Hawkins.

It’s scary that there’s evil surrounding us, and you can’t see it, but it’s right there.

- Ross Duffer

It’s familiar, but totally different. And that can be scary and exciting.

- Natalia Dyer

Hopper tries to understand why this is happening again in season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Eleven is a little hesitant when she steps inside the warehouse. (Source: Tina Rowden/Netflix)
Eleven and her new 'friend' in season 2. (Source: Tina Rowden/Netflix)

Before it was known as the Upside Down, it was the Nether.

David Harbour likens "Stranger Things’" Nether to a film negative.

The town exists in a negative relief. Things aren’t alive there except for there are these predators. But there’s something beyond the monster and the Nether. There are deeper fears.

Funfact: The kids started calling the Nether, the Upside Down. And the name stuck; making the final edit (but not the Production Notes given to media outlets).

Eleven, has a different makeover in season 2. (Source: Tina Rowden/Netflix)
Dustin notices that he and his friends are the only ones wearing a costume to school in season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Who you calling a nerd, nerd? Erica doesn't like you very much in season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Season 2. (Source: Netflix)

At the gate, lies the Rift.

And the gate to this Nether - this underbelly of evil - is the Rift. Matt explains,

It was a tear in time or space that leads to this alternate dimension. It’s essentially a gate into Hell and eventually our kids realize they need to go there and open the gate to find Will and retrieve him.

For our kids, it's like a real life 'Dungeons & Dragons' adventure. There is a gate to this evil dungeon. And and it's in this dungeon where their friend is trapped. Only unlike the game, the stakes are very real and potentially deadly.

- Ross Duffer

Season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Karen Wheeler takes a phone call in season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Sassy Erica is Lucas's sister in season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Kali meets Eleven, and they both have something in common in season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Kali also has powers in season 2. (Source: Netflix)

And this is how they did it.

Finn explains the way the kids finally understand the Nether.

The boys don’t get it at first until Eleven flips the 'Dungeons and Dragons' board upside down. And then we finally get it! The upside down means a different dimension. And the Demagorgon is the monster. And that’s when we go off on our big adventure.

Karen meets Billy and likes what she sees in season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Eleven is badass in season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Hopper carries Will to safety in season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Joyce is preparing to exorcise the Mind Flayer from Will in season 2. (Source: Netflix)
Eleven does a little light reading in season 2. (Source: Netflix)

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"Stranger Things" stars: Winona Ryder; David Harbour; Finn Wolfhard; Millie Bobby Brown; Gaten Matarazzo; Caleb McLaughlin; Natalia Dyer; Charlie Heaton; Cara Buono; Dacre Montgomery; Sadie Sink; Noah Schnapp; Joe Keery and Maya Hawke. For more cast details, go to the series main page and click or tap on the icon.

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