While most of us can’t wait for the third season of Stranger Things to premiere next month, many of us also have probably forgotten what happened in the last two, especially the tiniest of details which might prove to be significant in the upcoming episodes. Coming up with our final theories can get difficult when we can’t remember everything, but watching all 17 episodes before July 4 isn’t exactly preferable. That’s why this new video, in which the cast of the Netflix series provides the ultimate recap, is a lifesaver.
The video features Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), and Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), as they recall all the key moments of seasons one and two, in just over 15 minutes.
The actors first go through the main characters of the series, explaining how each of them are intertwined, such as Hawkins’ sheriff Jim Hopper, and Nancy’s then-boyfriend Steve Harrington. They introduce the Upside Down, which Will was trapped in during the majority of the first season, resulting in his mom Joyce relying on a few nontraditional strategies to get him back. The cast also explains who Eleven is and how she’s able to help get Will back.
The recap pinpoints all the major moments of the first season, then going into the second when everything in Hawkins seems normal again. The latest season, as the cast recalls, explores Eleven’s backstory and introduces new characters in Max Mayfield, Billy Hargrove, Bob Newby, and sadly, the baby Demogorgon named D'Artagnan. The video concludes with the school Snowball dance, but things don’t exactly end on a happy note, as the season’s final moments show a monster is still very present in Hawkins.
As action-packed as Stranger Things is, a recap like this is truly a must. We’ll rewatch it a few times before Season 3 debuts on July 4.
This article also appears on Mental Floss.