Read this ‘Stranger Things’ Q&A at your own risk

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Spoiler alert! The fol­low­ing con­tains plot de­tails from Sea­son 2 of Stranger Things. Back from the Up­side Down yet? If you’re any­thing like us, you prob­a­bly have spent hours binge-watch­ing the sec­ond sea­son of Stranger Things (now stream­ing on Net­flix), which more or less fol­lowed fa­mil­iar beats of Sea­son 1 while dou­bling down on the show’s mon­ster mythol­ogy and 1980s pop-cul­ture ref­er­ences.

But it wouldn’t be Stranger Things with­out a jaw-drop­ping twist to tide us over un­til Sea­son 3 (which Net­flix has not of­fi­cially an­nounced). As the kids dance the night away at their win­ter for­mal in the fi­nal episode, “Snow Ball,” the cam­era pans out­side, flip­ping over and show­ing a murky Hawkins Mid­dle School in the Up­side Down, with fiery skies and the Mind Flayer tow­er­ing over­head.

So what does it all mean? We caught up with se­ries cre­ators Matt and Ross Duf­fer to get some an­swers.

Q: Once again, Eleven is re­spon­si­ble for sav­ing Hawkins in the sea­son fi­nale. Why was it im­por­tant to bring

her back to Hawkins this sea­son?

Ross: We al­ways knew that we wanted her to re­unite with Mike and the oth­ers, but we felt it was im­por­tant for her to not re­unite un­til she’s come to terms a lit­tle bit with her­self. She’s grow­ing up. The first sea­son, it was re­ally fish-out-of-wa­ter Eleven. This sea- son, we wanted to get more into her learn­ing where she came from and deal­ing with that anger inside her.

Q: What are fans sup­posed to take away from the fi­nal shot, of Hawkins Mid­dle School in the Up­side Down?

Matt: The idea is that Eleven closed the gate, but the Up­side Down is still very much there. It just has no en­try into our world right now. We have our ideas of what it all means, but I don’t want to say too much be­cause I like that peo­ple can the­o­rize and try to guess where it’ll go from here.

Q: View­ers were in­tro­duced to Eleven’s “sis­ter” Kali, aka Eight (Lin­nea Berthelsen). Could we meet more of her sib­lings go­ing for­ward?

Ross: It’s hard to know. Are those num­bers out there? Are they dead? There are (also) so many char­ac­ters and so many ac­tors that we’ve fallen in love with, so it’s about, “Do you have room for th­ese other sto­ries?” So we’re try­ing to fig­ure that out, but it’s cer­tainly a pos­si­bil­ity.

Q: Barb (Shan­non Purser) also got some clo­sure, with a fu­neral and an of­fi­cial cause of death (“ex­po­sure to an ex­per­i­men­tal chem­i­cal as­phyxi­ant”). Are you ready for peo­ple to stop ask­ing if she’s com­ing back?

Matt: I feel like peo­ple will still be like, “But we didn’t see her body in the cof­fin!” We’re prob­a­bly never go­ing to out­live that. But we tried to give that clo­sure, so I hope it sat­is­fies and it works and that peo­ple can move past Barb. I know it’s hard.

Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo, left), Lu­cas (Caleb McLaughlin), Max (Sadie Sink), Will (Noah Sch­napp) and Mike (Finn Wolfhard) cir­cle the wag­ons in “Stranger Things 2.” COUR­TESY OF NET­FLIX

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