5 Reasons Why ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Is Way Better Than the Rest

Published 07/26/2023, 6:40 AM EDT

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Stranger Things has always been a record-breaking show for Netflix. The science fiction series marked its place among the top and most-watched content shortly after it debuted on the platform. Since then, fans have only grown closer to the storyline and character that the creators weaved perfectly in the nostalgic world of the 80s. And though this show is moving towards its final chapters, where the city will get free from its curse, one cannot forget the impact that the initial seasons created on viewers.

It is said to be the glorious era of this franchise when fans were introduced to the supernatural horrors hiding in the serene city of Hawkins. And this reminds us of Season 2, which was pretty close to perfect in every way. This season outpaced all other seasons, whether Season 1 or 4, for its flawless depictions.

Top 5 reasons Stranger Things Season 2 is the best 

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We often find fans comparing all the seasons of Stranger Things that have come out till now. And it is astounding how these eagle eyes followers find things that even creators sometimes miss out on. But it is safe to say Season 2 is without flaws tells the reasons that we have listed down below after analyzing it closely.

1. Steve and Dustin’s bond

In the past seven years, Joe Keery’s Steve Harrington has become the certified babysitter or dad to the core cast. Though the character did some bad things in the debut season, it entirely changed when Season 2 came out. Remember how the hot high school guy turned himself into a father to save Dustin from his pet Dart? It was one of the most interesting and wholesome moments when these two got together to find this Demodog.

Season 2 was the first spark of friendship between the both of them that later entertained viewers thoroughly. Not to mention, Steve also bonded with other characters that fitted well him into the narrative. Considering Duffer Brothers were going to kill him at the beginning of the plot for he was a bad buy, but this bond changed him.

2. Hopper becoming Eleven’s dad

Before exploring the world of humans, the only definition of fatherhood Eleven knew was PAPA. The cruel scientist who caged her in an underground lab like some animal for his experiments. Thankfully, Season 2 brought Jim Hopper in the frame as the man who truly cares about this young girl. Hopper, taking El under his wing, was the most fantastic solution writers found for her homelessness. As it was clear, she could not s[end her whole life in Mike’s basement.

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Eleven needs actual security from the prying eyes of people who saw her as a powerful key to control this world. So when Season 2 shows them both living together in a cabin, it brings a new parent-child dynamic to the show. Moreover, this father-daughter bond also helps both the character to grow out of their past traumas and build a new life together.

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3. Will gets the limelight 

It is always said that the horror drama is woven around a little boy who gets lost and the aftermath of discoveries that come with it. However, Season 2 can be considered the only season where fans truly get to watch the struggles and pain he has gone through after coming back from Upside Down. It showed how the memories of that alternative world and Mind Flayer continuously haunted him.

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At the end of Season 4, fans saw that Will could feel the presence of that monster inside him, but it never depicted what he felt. Whereas Season 2 clearly represented the physical and mental pain he had to bear throughout this time. Well, one can only wish that he gets through the end when Vecna makes his final move in Season 5.

4. Entry of new characters 

It is without question that Season 2 added some of the most pivotal characters to the plot. Stranger Things Season 1 presented fans with a gang of four boys who welcome a supernatural girl into their team. Then Season 4 invites another girl, Max Mayfield, who later becomes El’s best friend and teaches her all the ways of girls. She does seem distant and stubborn at the start, but turns out to be a shockingly rich addition to this gang.

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Next in line comes her stepbrother, Billy Hargrove, who endlessly threatens her and becomes the hottest attraction among town girls leaving behind Steve. Last but clearly not least, Murray made an instant impression with his arrival in season 2 with his display of intelligence and crazy theories. Not to mention, he played a huge role in letting out the hidden feelings of Nancy and Johnathan.

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5. Eleven unleashing her ultimate powers 

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At the beginning of Stranger Things, the creators depicted Eleven as a girl who had no idea about the world. She could barely speak, cloth, or remember anything about herself. But Season 2 brought fans the real deal and Eleven takes her life into her hands and meets one of the telekinetic kids like her. With Kali, she takes out operations using her powers and even lifts a huge container in the air.

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This was the first time fans got to know that her powers were beyond what anyone could imagine. In fact, she heads out to the lab with Hopper to close the gate guarded by Demodogs. In the final scene of the season, we see how she channels her anger into closing this gate that gave supernatural monsters access to the human world.

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Do you think season 2 is the topmost of this pop culture phenomenon? Drop your comments below!

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Shikha Arya

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Shikha Arya is an experienced entertainment writer at Netflix Junkie, having contributed over 1000 articles to the platform. She holds a Master's degree in English Literature from a prestigious university and has honed her writing skills over three years. Shikha's forte lies in crafting thought-provoking pieces about the lives of pop culture icons.

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