Warning: Spoilers For Stranger Things 2 Below
If you haven’t finished the second season of Stranger Things then what exactly have you been doing the past two weeks.
Living up to the hype, the second season of the hit Netflix show was once again a fantastic mixture of thrills, laughter, nostalgia and horror.
Perhaps my favourite thing about the show though is just how layered it is, meaning every time you re-watch an episode there is something new to discover.
Watch the trailer for Stranger Things 2 here:
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Show creators the Duffer brothers have filled their show with details you’ll probably miss on the first watch, which is fantastic, and makes the second – and third – watch much more rewarding.
For example, we learned about Chief of Police Hopper’s family during season one through emotional flashbacks.
We saw his daughter, Sara, having a panic attack and later dying in hospital from what appears to be cancer.
When Sara is having a panic attack she is wearing a light blue hairband which at first seems unremarkable.
That is until we notice the same hairband on Hopper’s wrist as he wears it as a bracelet during the hospital scene and later on in the season as well.
It’s clear he dearly misses his daughter and this little detail brings a tear to the eye.
Especially since jumping forward to the season two finale we see Eleven wearing the same hairband as a bracelet during the closing Snow Ball dance scene.
The tender relationship between Hopper and Eleven is one of the best things about the second season as we see the police chief change his ways as he takes the young girl under his wing.
He ends up adopting her as his own daughter as he is given a birth certificate for ‘Jane Hopper’.
It is no surprise then that he passed on this memory of Sara to Eleven, a really sweet touch.
Something else you may have missed on a first watch is Sean Astin’s Bob making reference to Pennywise the Dancing Clown from Stephen King’s hit horror novel It.
In an early episode of season two, Bob attempts to help Will deal with his nightmares even though at this point he has no knowledge of the Upside Down.
Bob tells Will about a recurring nightmare he had as a child about a clown he had met called Mr. Baldo.
In his nightmares the clown would continually offer Bob a balloon and it wasn’t until he stood his ground and told Mr. Baldo that he wasn’t afraid did the nightmares stop.
If you have read It or seen the film adaptation that made waves earlier this year, then this will sound familiar to you.
Plus, Bob is from Maine which is where It is set and he would have been a child in the 1950s which lines up with Pennywise’s cycle of appearances which take place every 27 years.
This could mean that Stranger Things and It are set in the same universe and would also make sense of a mysterious tweet Netflix shared in the lead-up to the second season.
An innocuous image of a plain white background with a small tear in the corner, which looked like it had been torn by a pair of hands, Netflix had us all hooked with this simple and sinister post.
Although many were left confused, if you’re familiar with the original television adaptation of It, the image may mean something to you.
That is because it is remarkably like the DVD cover for the miniseries:
The cover comprises of a white background with Tim Curry’s terrifying clown Pennywise creeping into the top right hand corner as his hands tear away at it.
The only difference being Pennywise is nowhere in sight in the Netflix tweet, although his hands appear to have been all over it.
But let’s not dwell on Pennywise’s creepy connection to Stranger Things – let’s remember the second season for the absolute sweetheart that is Police Chief Jim Hopper.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.