Well, you can sort of this file this under the “no, duh” category. Despite the fact that the Season 1 finale of Stranger Things saw the fan favorite Eleven burst into chalky dust while trying to kill the Demagorgon, it was pretty much assumed the character would be back in Season 2. The closing minutes of the show dropped some hints that she may still be alive, and let’s face it, she was an integral part of what made the series successful in the first place.
Still, that was no absolute guarantee she’d be back. TV shows have disappointed us in the past, so who’s to say this wouldn’t have been exactly the same? Additionally, executive producer Ross Duffer stated, “We don’t know about Eleven. We leave that up in the air.” I imagine, however, that that was largely a way for them to mess with fans. There's something a bit pure about not knowing where the story is going, and I think they were trying to retain that aspect.
Well, we’re one step closer to an official confirmation stating that she is coming back. Sources close to TVLine are stating that actress Millie Bobby Brown, who played Eleven, will indeed be back for Season 2.
We still don’t quite know what to expect year in the coming season. The Duffer brothers have teased that the series will be treated like Harry Potter — in that it would follow the kids and their growth year-to-year — but few other details haver emerged apart from that. Will’s return from the Upside Down left him vomiting up slugs, so things will likely sprout from that lingering plot point in some way, but there’s no telling what direction it’ll go in.
Regardless, Brown’s return to the show is welcome news as we close to those unsure.
Stranger Things Season 2 hits Netflix in 2017.