There's no way Netflix could have known that Stranger Things would be as much of a runaway success as it was when the first season landed last year. It immediately became one of the best shows of the last decade, steeped in accessible nostalgia for a generation raised on Amblin, but also with a horror edge that genuinely made for some real scares.
The good news for anyone who liked the Stephen King vibes (and that should be everyone) is that the second season will be going even scarier, according to actor Finn Wolfhard who plays Mike Wheeler. He told People, to expect more darkness:
There are going to be some challenges that the characters face that are real, that are disturbing. I think this season will be a lot more dark. A lot more horror oriented. I think people are going to like it better than the first season.
The darkness in the first season was perfectly pitched and very successful, so it'll be interesting to see how they balance it this time out, especially with the suggestion that it will be just as nostalgic as its preceding season. We already know we're going to see more of the mythology of the Upside Down, but crucially, we'll also see further insight into the characters and how they've been coping with the events of the first season.
It's all sounding very exciting: if only Halloween was closer.