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Stranger Things 2 Promises to Be "Darker" And "More Horror Oriented"

Expect to see more of the individual character stories, too.

If the Hallowe'en release date for season 2 of Stranger Things is just too long to wait, then you'll be interested to hear the cast dropped some hints about what we can expect in the next installment.

The child actors—Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), and Noah Schnapp (Will)—appeared on the cover of Emmy magazine as revealed by PEOPLE and confessed they were under strict instruction not to share scripts even with family members for fear they could be intercepted.

Finn Wolfhard did admit however that the series will be even more intense that what we've seen in Hawkins so far. "I think this season will be a lot darker. A lot more horror oriented," he said. "I think people are going to like it more than the first season."

Gaten Matarazzo added that there was more of a focus on individual characters saying: "The great thing about this season is you get to see insights into each character on their own. You're going to see a lot more into the lives of how the characters are coping with what's been going on."

He also admitted he wasn't able to share scripts with anyone.

"My brother always asks me, 'Gate, can you send me the script?' " he said. "I'm like, 'It's a new season, and it's a lot stricter than last year 'cause he read them last year, but this year he's not able to 'cause we don't want any, like, hacking interference."


A still from the second season

The young cast members also revealed they were tasked with watching classic '80s movies like E.T, The Goonies and Jaws. Noah Schnapp said that his dad helped him understand the mindset of kids in the eighties saying: "They were always outside. It's all phones and computers now."

Only 182 days to go.

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