With the 鈥渂igger, darker, scarier鈥 second season of Stranger Things just hours away, we鈥檙e refreshing our memories about where we left off at the end of the creep-tastic first season. Each and every character seemed to be superficially enjoying a general sense of ease and a return to normalcy going into the dying minutes of the last chapter of season one, but it was also apparent that the Upside Down will be right where we left it when season two hits Netflix on October 27.

If you don鈥檛 have time for a full rewatch of the original eight episodes before then, catch up with our crash course below.

The Byers Family

At the end of season one, Will (Noah Schnapp) was rescued from the Upside Down and reunited with his mom, Joyce (Winona Ryder), and brother, Jonathan (Charlie Heaton). Everything seemed hunky-dory as they sat down to a calm Christmas dinner 鈥 鈥渟eemed鈥 being the key word.

Our first clue that the Byers鈥 terror isn鈥檛 over? That weird slug-like thing Will threw up. Which brings up some questions going into season two: Why is he having Upside Down flashbacks? Is he just some 鈥淲ill suit鈥 that a being from another dimension is wearing?!

At least the family is back together. For now.

Nancy Wheeler and Steve Harrington

Nancy (Natalia Dyer) reunited with Steve (Joe Keery) at the end of season one, but we got the sense that things between her and Jonathan weren鈥檛 completely over. Was the spark between them simply a case of getting caught up in the excitement and danger of tracking and attempting to slay a Demogorgon?

In any case, she seemed happy to be with Steve, who redeemed himself by taking on the Demogorgon. It鈥檚 also strongly implied that he had something to do with Nancy giving Jonathan a camera to replace the one he smashed.

The D&D Crew

Though Will reunited with our favorite D&D crew 鈥 Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin), and Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo) 鈥 things will surely never be the same for these kids, who went from basement fantasy games to IRL sci-fi horror scenarios.

We can only imagine what these three friends will get up to in season two, but we鈥檙e going to guess it has something to do with finding their friend Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown).


Eleven, who shared a sweet kiss with Mike before her showdown with the Demogorgon, disappeared after using her powers to obliterate the monster. It鈥檚 unclear what happened to her 鈥 one popular theory is that she was sucked into another dimension 鈥 but Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour), for one, seems to believe (or at least hope) that she鈥檚 still out there somewhere, as evidenced by the fact that he leaves her favorite breakfast treat (Eggos, natch) in a box in the woods.

We鈥檙e desperate to know what happened 鈥 and what鈥檚 going to happen 鈥 to the traumatized (yet superhero-like) girl who escaped from world-warping experiments in the mysterious lab.


Fan favorite Barb (Shannon Purser) may be dead, but her presence will be felt in season two. According to co-creator Matt Duffer, we鈥檒l meet more of her family in the upcoming episodes. And Dyer says Barb鈥檚 death is a big part of Nancy鈥檚 story line this year. 鈥淭here are a lot of loose ends there that Nancy feels need to be addressed,鈥 Dyer told Entertainment Weekly.

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