Despite Diverging Storylines, ‘Stranger Things’ Cast Found Ways To Bond In Season 2

Eleven goes on a journey of self-discovery in the fifth episode of the season that includes a few revelations about her backstory and, eventually, a brief flirtation with life as a law-breaking punk. (Sheriff’s Hopper’s reaction to that is something to behold.)
Meanwhile, back in Hawkins, the boys are dealing with a lot. A dark force gets its grip on one of the members of the gang and a new female friend named Max (Sadie Sink) that causes a bit of tension among the group.
Mike does make a few attempts to reach Eleven in unconventional ways. Largely, however, the diverging storylines leave little room for intersection on screen.
RELATED: Review: ‘Stranger Things 2’ builds on eerie nostalgia
Behind the scenes, though, the cast found ways to spent time together, thanks to math.
“We all do school together so we all got to see [Brown] just as much,” Gates Matarazzo, who plays Dustin, told CNN at a “Stranger Things” premiere event on Thursday.
Brown concurred, saying she saw her cast mates “every single day.”
“We did pre-algebra all together, so I think it was fine,” she said. “I love working with them.”
On screen, Matarazzo admitted Eleven’s absence gave the show some time to highlight Mike’s bond with his friends.
“Filming, [Eleven’s absence] changed it a lot, especially for Finn because he had such a close connection with Eleven and that was where most of his interaction and emotion came from [in Season 1],” he said. “So it was a really cool twist to see him…interacting with us, with the boys a little bit more.”
“Stranger Things” Season 2 is streaming now on Netflix.
CNN’s Topher Guak-Roger and Jessica Iavazzi to this report.


Leave a Reply

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


%d bloggers like this: