Stranger Things 2 is like its predecessor in many ways, including being chock-full of secret twists and turns that you won’t want spoiled.
That’s why you should avoid Netflix’s new Stranger Things 2 promotional teasers if you don’t want to know anything. The most recent teaser, which can be seen on Netflix’s YouTube channel, dedicates about 40 seconds to Eleven’s character. When Stranger Things 2 begins, questions about Eleven and her disappearance are still in the air. Eleven’s arc in Stranger Things 2 is one of the better parts of the season, and, take it from someone who has seen the season in its entirety, don’t spoil yourself by watching the preview.
Stranger Things, like Game of Thrones, is built on its ability to entertain through surprising twists and extraordinary moments, but marketing more often than not spoils much of those shocking scenes. Co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer are aware that spoilers can affect the experience an audience has with a show like Stranger Things. In February, Matt Duffer told Entertainment Weekly they were taking a page from Westworld’s book and changing the episode titles to keep fans guessing.
“Some of them we didn't put because these people are smart on the fucking internet,” Duffer said. “You've seen it with Westworld — they figured it out!”
Stranger Things 2, like Westworld, is smart, but it’s also easy to connect the pieces. Even the slightest tease of what’s happening to Eleven, Will or the rest of the Hawkins crew is enough to start figuring things out. Stranger Things 2 is a show that shouldn’t be fully discovered until you’re in the midst of a marathon, taking in all of the clues and information the Duffer brothers have provided.
In my review of Stranger Things 2, I said, “it’s impossible to talk about any of these details without spoiling the majority of the season, so I’m not going to discuss any major plot points.” Netflix has done a good job of carefully teasing what’s to come in the show’s second season, but the newest teasers take it one step too far.
To best enjoy Stranger Things 2, stop looking up clues in forums or watching the teasers that Netflix releases. I promise that you’ll enjoy the second season much more if you just let it wash over you.
Stranger Things 2 will be available to stream in its entirety on Oct. 27. If you want a spoiler-free review of how the second season holds up in comparison to the first, be sure to read our review.