A year has passed since the end of Season One. The gang of boys has recovered, except for Mike, who misses Eleven. She had disappeared after defeating the creature and he has no idea what happened her. Joyce Byers (Wynona Ryder) and her sons have tried to put the horrible events of the first season behind them as well. Although she's dating a new guy, Bob (Sean Astin), she clearly doesn't have quite the same amount of affection for him. And Will Byers still has a connection to the dark dimension, which is trying to get a foothold into this world through him. Joyce takes him to that mysterious facility, now run by Sam Owens (Paul Reiser), and we're not sure if he has their best interests in mind. There's also a new character, Max, who fills in for Eleven's character, though Mike will have none of that. The most surprising character, though is sheriff Jim Hopper, who is really the main hero of the season. And not only is there another monster-there are many monsters and an all new one that could be a threat for the entire planet. Although this didn't have the novelty of the first season, it's still spot on in making it seems like an 80's tv show/movie. Episode #7, when Eleven travels to Chicago and meets a "sister" from the lab, best exemplifies this. Best of all, Season Two has a good, much deserved ending for the main characters, as it shows that going through all the terrible events of the past year hasn't completely messed up their lives. It'll be great if there's a Season Three but it isn't necessary to continue the story.