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The final trailer for Stranger Things 2 is everything you want from a Stranger Things trailer

This trailer reveals just how much bigger in scope season two will feel.

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We’ve long been promised that Stranger Things season two will boast more of everything we loved about season one — more charming kids, more ’80s throwback goodness, more weirdness with Will Byers and Eleven and that freaky science lab, and more Lovecraftian monsters from the Upside Down.

But not until the latest trailer from Netflix have we been able to see all of that in one place. While the season’s first two trailers focused on teasing Stranger Things’ ’80s roots, the third and final trailer is all about playing up the show’s ensemble cast and at last offering a real, if still limited, taste of the plot.

The result is pretty epic, as we see the gang gear up to go into battle against unknown creatures from the beyond. Will goes all Close Encounters of the Third Kind! Chief Hopper is tossing guns to Nancy Wheeler! Eleven has hair! There are menacing kids in Halloween masks! Sean Astin (who’s new to the show in season two) is dating Joyce Byers and hanging out with the police chief for some reason! Joyce Byers is still frantic and frazzled!

While it remains unclear what will happen in season two beyond Will Byers apparently summoning Cthulhu with his mind, what more do you need? Shenanigans are afoot in the town of Hawkins, Indiana, and they look pretty darn entertaining.

Stranger Things 2 will begin streaming on Netflix on Friday, October 27.