While Stranger Things has centered around the frightening, paranormal events that dominate the lives of Joyce’s son Will (Noah Schnapp) and his friends, the new series will demonstrate that the ordinary lives of professional women and single mothers often entail difficulties that can be nearly as challenging.
“Joyce works in retail. Do you realize the kind of bullshit she has to put up with on a daily basis?” Ryder said.
“And on top of that, she’s trying to date, she has PTA meetings to go to, she’s constantly bombarded with toxic masculinity and gaslighting — when does she get any time for herself? There’s one point in the season where she signs up for one of those organic meal kits only to find out the food tastes like cardboard and it’s almost as expensive as a restaurant. Needless to say, it’s an intense episode,” Ryder continued.
It’s clear that Joyce’s life was no walk in the park even before she was faced with the Upside Down and the Demogorgon. As Ryder puts it, the paranormal drama is just “salt in the wound.”
The show’s first season is expected to be released on Netflix in early 2020.
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