No one was particularly surprised that Netflix would come through with a Season 2 renewal for Stranger Things, though they took things a step further to reveal all nine of its cryptic Season 2 episode titles. Or did they? Creators admit that the final products may end us with different names than the ones we’ve spent months speculating over, precisely because we’ve spent months speculating over them.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, co-creator Matt Duffer admitted that while the majority of Season 2 story beats had been locked by the time of Netflix’s announcement, at least some of the nine episode titles were placeholders. For reference, those read:

“The Boy Who Came Back to Life”
“The Pumpkin Patch”
“The Palace”
“The Storm”
“The Pollywog”
“The Secret Cabin”
“The Brain”
“The Lost Brother”

Naturally, the internet was quick to speculate on their potential meaning (some, like “The Storm” and “The Pollywog” have since become applicable to confirmed plot points), to which Duffer called out our relentless Westworld sleuthing as reason for the sleight of hand:

Some of [the titles] are changing. Some of them we didn’t put because these people are smart on the f—ing internet. You’ve seen it with Westworld — they figured it out! I’ve seen videos analyzing the chapter titles and they’re right on a lot.

Elsewhere of Stranger Things Season 2, we know shooting will take place in Atlanta through April for a Halloween premiere. The story will pick up in the fall of 1984, while creators Matt and Ross Duffer have teased a James Cameron sequel influence in crafting the second chapter. We’ll also learn more about the Demogorgon and Upside Down, as teased in our exclusive concept art piece, while Sadie Sink and Power Rangers star Dacre Montgomery have been added to the cast in regular roles, along with Brett Gelman, Goonies alum Sean Astin, Aliens baddie Paul Reiser, and actress Linnea Berthelsen.

More Stranger Things details are surely coming, so stay tuned for additional reports on Season 2.

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