Producer of "Stranger Things" Season 2, Shawn Levy, announces the show will "stay honest with these kids by growing with them.". This means the next season will definitely include all four kids namely Dustin Henderson, Lucas Sinclair, Mike Wheeler, and of course Will Byers. In addition, the show will also stay true to Gaten Matarazzo's "Hiscleidocranial Dysplasia" condition and even include it in the storyline.
14-year-old Matarazzo is diagnosed with "Hiscleidocranial Dysplasia" which means the boy still has his baby teeth and lacks collarbones. This explains why the child actor speaks with a lisp. Fortunately, the creative team of the show decided to embrace his condition and collaborate it with the series' storyline. Auditions haven't been easy for the child actor as he has been auditioning for two years and has always been rejected due to his condition. "It was always because of my lisp, and me being shorter and having the teeth issue, that was always the reason they couldn't cast me," he said in an interview.
Levy admits "the pressure is on" as they conceptualize a different concept for season 2. He explains that "It's scary to have people love something this much. It becomes impossible to banish all thoughts of not wanting to disappoint." The producer also said that it's a challenge to make sure they don't disappoint the audience by changing too much or by making the same thing.
There has been no announcement yet of the series' official release date but it is expected to come out sometime next year. Season 2 is set to have nine episodes where two of the nine titles are said to be "The Boy Who Came Back to Life" and "The Secret Cabin". New characters are expected to join the show but no announcement yet of their identities and who will portray them. And as for Eleven, her return is still unconfirmed.