‘Stranger Things’ Finale: Duffer Brothers Talk Cliffhangers, Death and Season 2

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[Spoiler alert: The following interview covers plot details from the entire eight-episode first season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” Do not read until you’ve finished the season.]

The world got very strange indeed over the first eight episodes of Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” The ’80s-set and inspired series from creators-writers-directors The Duffer Brothers (twins Matt and Ross) solved its central mystery of exactly what happened to Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) — who was reunited with his mother, Joyce (Winona Ryder), and brother, Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), after spending a week in a parallel dimension known as the “Upside Down” — but raised plenty of other questions.

What happened to telekinetic badass Eleven (scene stealer Millie Bobby Brown) after she destroyed the Upside Down monster? Does Chief Hopper (David Harbour) know where she is, or is he leaving those Eggos in the woods in an attempt to reach her? What sent Nancy (Natalia Dyer) back into the arms of her boyfriend, Steve (Joe Keery)? Can Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) possibly have as much fun playing “Dungeons & Dragons” now that they’ve faced off with real monsters?

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Variety spoke with the Duffer Brothers about bringing the first season to a close, how they came up with the look of the Upside Down and its hungry inhabitant, the fate of poor Barb (Shannon Purser), and what they’ve got up their sleeves for Season 2 (which Netflix has not officially greenlit… yet).

When you’ve got eight episodes to tell your story, how do you decide to pace out a reveal like the extent of Eleven’s powers?

Matt: The idea was to slowly tease her powers out over the season. In the original script we sold to Netflix, she was hunted by the agents, she exploded a door off its hinges [in the first episode]. It was pretty extreme right away. As soon as we started mapping out the season and realized we had eight hours, we started to scale it back.

A lot of the drive of the show is not just looking for Will, it’s learning about her and her backstory, and how she connects to all of this. We built an entire backstory for her, and the trick was where to drop those puzzle pieces in. By the end of episode six, you know a lot about her. It was the same approach we had with the monster, that sort of “Jaws” approach — hint at it but don’t show much, so you have somewhere to go.

Ross: When you finally do reveal it, it has more impact. With Eleven, when you see her do these extreme things later on in the season it has impact. You start simply — with floating a Millennium Falcon, very small things, and hopefully it builds and builds.

How much do we know about Eleven’s true origins at this point, and how much did you want to keep a mystery?

Ross: We get the hint that her mom was involved in the experimentations back in the day resulting in her being born with these powers, but what we wanted to do with the show — and this season specifically — was mostly seeing the mystery and these extraordinary things through the eyes of these ordinary characters. By the end of the show they don’t know or understand everything. That is purposeful.

We do cut away to the government occasionally for these pops of mystery or horror, but what we didn’t want was to have a scene of the scientist just sitting down to explain everything. We wanted to slowly peel back layers of this mystery for audiences through the eyes of these very ordinary people. It’s not all solved by the end of the season. We wanted to resolve the main mystery of Will being gone, that was the story of this season.

Do you see the government or science conspiracy angle as a long-term mystery for the show?

Ross: There’s a lot there we don’t know or understand. Even with the Upside Down, we have a 30-page document that is pretty intricate in terms of what it all means, and where this monster actually came from, and why aren’t there more monsters — we have all this stuff that we just didn’t have time for, or we didn’t feel like we needed to get into in season one, because of the main tension of Will. We have that whole other world that we haven’t fully explored in this season, and that was very purposeful.

Matt: We wanted a simple drive and a somewhat simple mystery with bizarre pops of supernatural horror and then add a larger mythology behind this rift that we only know and refer to as the Upside Down because that’s what the boys decide to call it. Everything they’ve learned about it is kind of hypothetical. They’re theorizing based on their knowledge from fantasy gaming and their science teacher, Mr. Clarke. That’s as much as we get to understand it. I think part of it is us thinking in terms of horror, it’s scarier when you don’t fully understand what’s happening. If you were to encounter something from another world or dimension, it would be beyond comprehension. We talked a lot about Clive Barker and his stories. They’re very weird, and the weirder it is, the more inexplicable it is, the scarier it is.

As you head into future seasons, have you thought about how much of that 30-page document you want to reveal and explore?

Ross: We leave these dangling threads at the end. If people respond to this show and we get to continue this story — we had those initial discussions of where we might go with it. If there was going to be a season two, we would reveal more of that 30 page document, but we’d still want to keep it from the point of view of our original characters.

Even though you tell a complete story within the season, you end on a couple of major cliffhangers — the first being Eleven’s disappearance. Did you want to hint at where she’s been with the scene of Hopper leaving Eggos in the woods?

Matt: Obviously something happened to her when she destroyed and killed that monster and we don’t know what she went. Hopper is left with this guilt because he sold her out. We wanted to leave it sort of mysterious exactly what he knows… Have there been sightings in the woods or is he hoping she’s out there or has he already made contact with her? We don’t answer any of that, but we like the idea of potentially putting her and Hopper together.

It also seems that the Upside Down has changed Will or maybe he’s brought some of it back with him. What can you say about the flash he has in the bathroom?

Ross: We love the idea that [the Upside Down] is an environment that is not a great place for a human being to be living in. Will’s been there for an entire week, and it’s had some kind of effect on him, both emotionally and perhaps physically. The idea is he’s escaped this nightmare place, but has he really? That’s a place we wanted to go and potentially explore in season two. What effect does living in there for a week have on him? And what has been done to him? It’s not good, obviously.

 

Poor Barb. I was a little surprised she actually died. How did you decide someone would have to go?

Matt: I love that you said “poor Barb,” because that’s the go-to phrase we use. With the first episode we wanted someone to die very quickly — which was the Benny character [the diner cook played by Chris Sullivan] — someone set up who looks like a substantial character and dies. And then Barb who looks like a substantial character. We wanted it to feel unsafe.

One reason we fell in love with television is we’ve seen so many movies and they tend to follow a very similar pattern. Television has been breaking narrative rules. George R.R. Martin obviously pushed that to another level [with “Game of Thrones”], you suddenly don’t feel safe and it freaks you out. Every scene has a little more tension in it.

It’s something we want to preserve as we go into season two, where you feel everyone including the kids is unsafe and anything can happen. We pushed it this season with Barb, but I want to continue to amp up that threat. It makes it scarier, but it’s also sad. Shannon Purser who played Barb, we fell in love with her. She had never acted before, this was her first role in anything, she blew us and everyone away. It was sad to lose her, but some people have to go.

I also didn’t expect to see Nancy reconcile with Steve at the end. He crossed a line at a certain point in the season but then you pulled him back in. Was that by design?

Ross: That was not the original plan. A lot of credit goes to Joe Keery [who plays Steve] because he was much more likable and charming than we originally had envisioned. If you read the pilot, he’s the biggest douchebag on the planet. It’s not that he’s a flawless character, he’s flawed, but Joe was so good we started to fall in love with the idea that he has an arc himself. He’s maybe not the perfect guy, but he’s maybe in with the wrong crowd. As opposed to him turning Nancy to his side, maybe it’s more Nancy turning him to her side. We liked giving him that arc.

We made that month-long jump at the end of the season, and we don’t exactly know what happened in between. We feel like we hinted at it in the hospital scene where we’re seeing Jonathan with his brother, and how happy he is, whereas Nancy obviously still has this tremendous guilt and anger over what happened to Barb. She’s lost someone, so even though there is a victory, it’s certainly bittersweet for Nancy and she needs someone in that time.

Matt: The other thing that appealed to us about the idea is it felt like in a movie world she winds up with Jonathan, who is seemingly the nicer kinder gentler guy. But it felt almost more real to us that she would wind up back with Steve, this heartthrob who she’s had a crush on for a long time. It’s surprising, but it felt more honest.

That’s the fun of television. You can find an actor and they’ll inspire you to change and evolve a character in a way you hadn’t initially planned on. It was the same with the character of Dustin. Dustin was just the nerd, and you find these kids and they surprise you — who they are as people, who they are as actors. They inspire you to write something better for them. That’s what’s fun about television. You don’t have the opportunity to do that as much in film.

How did you come up with the design of the monster?

Matt: It’s been a lifelong dream of ours to build a monster and put him on screen. It was very important early on that we actually create it. And that we have a person in a suit with animatronic elements so we can film it in real time with our actors. We grew up on genre films before computer graphics, so the movies that scared us the most, the horror elements were done practically. We wanted to get back that.

We had worked with a concept artist before — Aaron Sims — and he’s absolutely incredible. We talked a lot with Aaron about what we wanted this monster to look like. We talked about H.R. Giger, Guillermo del Toro, Clive Barker — we tried to find what about their monsters was so effective to us, they tended to be humanoid but there was something very bizarre about them. If you were going to encounter something from another dimension it would be very weird. We started to play around with it, and we ended up with the guy you see on the show.

Fortunately, Spectral Motion is another company that built a lot of monsters for Guillermo. They built our monster and they’re really great. They have an amazing robotic engineer who built the head — we call them petals, the pieces that open up when it needs to feed. Those were completely animatronic, programmed in a way that they moved in random patterns, which made them feel very organic and alive. There were times we couldn’t do what we needed to do with a guy in a suit and then we turned to computer graphics. Fortunately, Aaron also had a vfx company. He cared so much, the monster was his baby. He and his team did a really great job bringing it to life on a really tight television schedule.

Ross: The actors loved it. Sometimes you see a monster sitting down in a chair and it looks ridiculous. The toddlers on set were terrified of it. Millie, who plays Eleven, has a sister who was about three, and we had the twins who play Holly Wheeler. It was freaking them out to a major degree. Someone went up and told them that the monster was not a bad monster, it came from Monsteropolis from “Monsters, Inc.” After that it was all good.

And how about the look of the Upside Down?

Ross: We wanted it to be like a dark shadow of our world. We knew it was something we could use practical things — we could build off of our sets and locations — it’s that mix of practical and visual effects. A lot of those vines and the growth we did build — a lot of them were moving and pulsing. When you do something like a full-on city street, visual effects has to take over at some point. And a lot of those practical effects were added as well. It was about, “What would our world look like if this was an evil shadow of it?”

Matt: We talked about “Silent Hill,” the video games were an inspiration, and “Alien” was an inspiration, in terms of the look. When we initially pitched the show we said, “We’re never gonna go into this alternate dimension.” We just didn’t think we could pull it off. I think we were imagining shooting our characters in front of a green screen and it would look awful. We came up with a design concept we knew we could effectively pull off. It was important to us that we never tried something we wouldn’t be able to do, or would look cheesy.

Ross: The limitations can be helpful. We couldn’t build a full-on CG alternate world. There’s no way we could’ve afforded or had time to do it. In a lot of ways to us it felt practical because everything is there. It all feels more real because it is real.

Was there an inspiration for Eleven’s look and conception?

Matt: That came very quickly. For some reason we decided she was going to emerge from the woods in this dirty hospital gown and her hair was going to be buzzed. The trick was no little girls wanted to buzz their hair, it’s not something either them or their parents are into. Even with Millie there was a lot of talk about it. They were hesitant because it was like, “Is this gonna cost her roles?”

Fortunately, it was the time that the “Mad Max: Fury Road” marketing was really ramping up. We showed Millie a picture of Charlize [Theron] as Furiosa and said, “Does she not look badass?” She was like, “Yeah.” We said, “You’re gonna look badass, exactly like Charlize.” She’s like, “OK, let’s do it.” Thank God for “Mad Max.” We shaved it off within 10 minutes. Her dad ran out crying, but within a week her entire family all loved it.

Ross: We needed something that would make her not feel like she fit in in this world. She’s growing her hair now, but it’s still very short. It’s taking a while.

Eleven kills a lot of people in the show. Was there any hesitancy about that?

Matt: It was important to us. I think when the show started out our vision for it was darker than what it wound up being. “Really dark Amblin” was our original pitch. We wanted to push things further than say “E.T.,” so it didn’t feel completely safe.

Ross: We wanted to keep that danger with the kids. It’s not just a fun girl with superpowers. This is someone that if she wanted, or even accidentally, could seriously hurt one of them. She’s a bit of a wild card. She doesn’t fully have control. When they get in the big argument and she telepathically flings Lucas across the junkyard, if he had landed poorly he could’ve been paralyzed.

Matt: We always wanted to keep the stakes high. When you’re looking back at “Stand By Me,” the stakes feel very real. The kids never feel completely safe, even though there is an element of fun and you love those boys. There’s this consistent danger with Kiefer Sutherland coming after them, the train coming so close to them — we wanted to always keep the kids in real danger, that’s not “Dungeons & Dragons” danger.

Ross: I think it’s also the Stephen King thing, he doesn’t mind killing people. He has children die. It’s important to us that even though it’s a show with four kids in lead roles that it wasn’t a show designed specifically for kids. I like the idea that younger audiences can watch the show. But when I was young, I wanted to watch stuff that was meant for someone older than me because it seemed so much cooler. I like the idea that if kids are watching it doesn’t feel like it’s targeted at them, it’s pushing things in a darker, more dangerous, scarier direction than maybe they’re comfortable with. That’s exciting.

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  1. Kelli M. says:

    I think this series is awesome! Glad to see a season 2 is coming out. Wasn’t ready for it to end yet. Great pic in picking the cast! Thumbs up to this series! Hurry back with the next season!

  2. Tim says:

    A critique on the reason Nancy wound up with Steve instead of Johnathan as the story suggested she would. I think it’s more cliche than deep. As Steve was leaving, he saw the lights flicker and heard the struggle, and ultimately Nancy screaming.

    Spoilers: (if this article wasn’t spoilerific enough already)

    If we dissect that scene, we see Johnathan get taken out almost immediately by the monster. His weapon of choice flung from his hands from the impact, and he was rendered utterly powerless. The only reason he’s not killed is that Nancy begins shooting the monster, drawing it’s attention. As she continues shooting and emptying the revolver into the monster. Suddenly, she’s empty and the monster is approaching her now. This is when Steve crashes through the door, see’s Johnathan’s spiked baseball bat and begins delivering the only true beat down this monster ever really gets. It’s Steve’s actions that save everyone and complete the plan that Nancy and Johnathan put in place.

    So, at least to me, it seemed cheesy 80’s cliche that we jump forward one month and see that Nancy had chosen to be with Steve, the hero, vs Johnathan the one that got taken down by the monster.

    I don’t disagree that Steve had an arc where Steve changes towards Nancy’s side. But she also tended towards Steve’s side too (sneaking out of the house, lying to mom, being a bit of a jerk to BFF Barb, etc), and they both kinda met in the middle. So I can see why Nancy is both with Steve and is nicer towards Johnathan as well. She also pulls Steve into being nicer towards Johnathan. Which could be bond from fighting and wining over the monster. Either way, that whole end scene there felt a little more cliche than intriguing and deep character arcs.

    • Haris says:

      I don’t think it was that much of a cliche- I think it would have been more cliche if they had him killed in the monster scene- which is typical, ass-holes typically end up getting kicked by Karma, in that scene the whole moment I kept thinking he was going to get killed by the monster but he ended up saving them both- And it’s not that it’s not fluid- it was quite fluid than you’re ordinary asshole having a change of heart.

      I quite enjoyed the scenes where they showed he had remorse over what he did and turned a leaf- it was gradual at least with the pace of things happening in the drama.

      Only 3 things could happened of which 2 are quite the cliche, He becomes relevant, He dies or he becomes extra like character.

  3. Mike Knerr says:

    Really enjoyed this show, and I love how open these guys are in their interview. That said, one critique of their approach — their comments on Barb and on Steve strike me as treating the characters as narrative devices rather than characters. George R. R. Martin is great, but I think that’s one negative impact he’s had on the TV landscape. Showrunners are always looking for the twist, and killing 2nd-tier characters is an easy way to evoke an emotional response without turning the audience away entirely. (Rowling did this too in her later books… some of the “which significant character is going to die in this one?” felt like a narrative shortcut.)

  4. Adrian says:

    I loved this show I can’t wait for second season I really cried my eyes out wen 11 killed the monster.

  5. Jeanette says:

    Best show from Netflix, can’t wait for Season 2

  6. Rachael Hare says:

    Hi from the UK! Just finished the series and it was all kinds of wonderful.
    I was gutted that Hopper sold out Eleven, I was hoping he would have a contingency.
    So 2 questions remain for me, what did the officials pull Hopper into car for after he left the Christmas party and is Eleven still alive?

  7. Michael Lederman says:

    I just now finished the last episode and it was amazing. The thrills and heart wrenching sweetness combined to make something that at one hand feels familiar but on the other feels completely new. Add in a kickass soundtrack that will surely sell a lot of CD’s and the cliffhanger ending that makes me yearn for more and I think we have a major hit here. I wish you all luck and I end saying what else is in these Duffer Brothers minds and how fast can they get them to screen?

  8. This show was impressive. It’s been a long time since I liked a cast so much. The kids were all awesome each in their own way, although my favorites already are Mike and Eleven. And the adults I got to say Winona Ryder was more intense than I had ever seen her, David Harbour’s character is remarkable and Cara Buono surprised me, and I hope to see more of them in season 2. I hope next year is in the most relevant year of the 80’s after Return of the Jedi, the year 1984. It would be awesome to see a character having a mental breakdown the way Joyce was in season 1. I bet something will be plaguing the town without becoming “Under the Dome” or “Village of the Damned” and a scientific way to open a gate to another parallel or almost empty universe in an explainable scientific way, besides the negative reflection we saw on season 1. I hope we get to see more of the black car the sheriff got in without becoming Men in Black or Shadow Men. I hope we see Eleven regain corporeal form, even if she is merged with matter from another universe. I really wish to see Will Byers been scary and getting divided from his friends again. I hope to see more of The Monster as well as other new types of monsters they give them names. I am anxious to see more patients who went experiments and developed other types of mental abilities. I wouldn’t be surprised if Dr. Brenner is still alive and kicking and in process of becoming something else. I can’t wait to see more posters of The Thing on the wall and see clips from Gremlins, The Temple of Doom, Splash & Firestarter. I can’t wait for things to get even stranger and scarier

  9. I just watched the 8 episodes of season 1 in one sitting. I must say that this is one of the greatest shows I’ve seen in a while and I’m hoping a lot to come from it. Everything about it was just perfect and beautifully portrayed. However, just like to any other viewer of the show, I’m sure the same question remains. What happened to El? I was completely heartbroken when she just vanished with the monster in a dust cloud right after saying good bye to Mike. But even worse, just when I started to constantly wonder out loud: OK where is she where is El?, they show this Christmas package with the name “Noel” written on it! Just like if the show is trying to tell me “No more El for you buddy!” So, I was almost ran out of all hopes of seeing her again, when suddenly Chief Hopper leaves these Eggo Waffles in the snowy wooden box in the woods, and all of the sudden a tiny spark of hope rose up again. Anyway, the show was absolutely brilliant and I’m dying to see what’s next to come from it.

  10. Mark and Sharon Hetherington says:

    Enjoyed this show immensely. We were kept on the edge of our seats. The characters were excellently cast. The kids were terrific. It was a stroke of genius to incorporate Dustin’s cleidocranial dysplasia into the show with his explanation to the bullies. Hope the sheriff and Joyce become a love interest. We cannot wait for Season 2 (but we have to hold on).

  11. Ken S says:

    DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT make the mistake that HBO did with True Detective. That was truly a groundbreaking show that didn’t appreciate the cast it had, and unfortunately went away from the original cast for S2. That magic and chemistry with a cast is so elusive and difficult to replicate, once you have found it, keep it going for as long as it works.

    You have enough material to flesh out at least 2 or 3 more seasons with this cast. Hopper (David Harbour), Eleven (MIllie Brown) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) were the cream of the crop, of a well rounded cast. Joyce (Winona Ryder) although had a difficult job, did serviceable as the grieving, borderline crazy, but determined mother.

    Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) rounded out a great ensemble cast of young men to rival the chemistry and magic portrayed by the legendary group of boys in Stand By Me. This group also evokes memories of another group of young, nerdy outcasts in a superb period piece, set in the 80’s, but produced in the late 90’s/early 2000’s – Freaks and Geeks.

    Strange Things is an excellent show, with great writing, storytelling and cast. PLEASE, PLEASE keep this cast together.

  12. fox1013 says:

    This show not only borrows from 80s sci fi but also has elements of the “X files” (government conspiracy and cover up), Stephen Kings “The Mist”(inter-dimensional creatures and a top secret inter-dimensional experiment gone wrong) and “Super 8”. Its definitely entertaining and the acting is really good all around.

  13. Bring on Season 2….hurry up ..watched it in less than 10 hours…brilliant show . I would have though a little romance between Joyce and the Sheriff was on the cards. What Fantastic actors all the kids in the show.

  14. Mary Tucker says:

    I’m a 64 year old grandmother and I loved it!!! Can’t wait for season 2. Watched season one in one day and hate to wait too long for S2.

  15. O says:

    I want season 2 I want season 2 I want season 2 I want season 2

  16. Tammy says:

    Please don’t end these characters! You have to continue the story of Eleven and Mike and Hopper, and the others! To keep it going you will have to introduce new characters but no need to end the originals!! Please bring on season 2 as soon as possible! I can’t imagine having to wait a whole year!! Can you get us another season by October like The Walking Dead does? Now I’m going to re-watch the season 1 in case I missed something. I swear I thought I heard Eleven say “I am the monster”.

  17. Like a second season but would like a new cast with a new story…. this could go the direction of Twilight Zone TV. I think if they continue with the same cast and after story from the first the whole will lose the luster…

  18. Kev says:

    Kiefer Sutherland is in there?

    • AeroGold says:

      They were referring to the movie Stand By Me. Kiefer plays a bully that chases after the main characters in that movie

  19. Candy Lewis says:

    I’m in late 40’s, so this series brought back wonderful memories of my teenage years in the early 1980’s! Loved seeing Winona Ryder as Joyce Beyers. LOVED the music soundtrack! I wish there was a soundtrack, because it was awesome to hear those songs, even though some of them came AFTER 1983. The score was amazing. The actors were excellent, especially Millie Brown as Eleven.

    PLEASE PLEASE make Season 2!!

  20. Excellent series with a finale that was satisfying, leaving just enough loose ends to keep things very 80’s sci/fi/horror.

    So let’s not milk a good thing dry…hoping that the show becomes an anthology series in season 2, where next season brings a completely new story and set of characters – maybe leave it in the same location (Hawkins) as is common with genre fiction from Vonnegut Jr (Illium) or King (usually in Maine or Vermont), but the story of 011 and her friends has (and should remain) concluded in my mind.

    Curious though, was 011 really number “Eleven” or she Number 3?

    • Connor Herbert says:

      Dr. Brenner refers to her as eleven in Chapter 4: The Body, when they first experiment with her telepathy and her ability to reroute what people are saying through electronics and stuff

    • Please green light this series netflix!!!!!! I loved it…….it has everything, its fiun, scary, drmatic and the acting and storyline make it well worth watching over going anytwhere on a weekend!!! Do not change these charahters! They are what is absolutley working in this show. There is a softness and a dramatic flair with this ensemble you will not find again!!!!!!

  21. Dark Nomad says:

    My Science Project meets Stand By Me, the Duffers clearly knew their 80’s movies & music and Netflix aloud them to run wild. Just so much fun, hope it sticks to the same small town feel good formula and doesn’t become overblown with its own popularity.

  22. 6L3C++fLlGPCEBNriz8Xcz68Smku+hJY2BUebiRI7To= says:

    Best Netflix Original show yet! I love what they did with reusing the 80’s horror theme, that was brilliant. Now viewers wait for season 2!!!

  23. Robin says:

    When Mike plays sick and is lying in bed (speaking to his mother) — I had those exact sheets, took them to college my freshman year in the dorms — fall of 1983. Crazy!

  24. Cristie says:

    How long do we have to wait till season 2 comes out???? I just finished Season 1 and I’m already dying to see what’s next!!!!!😊😊😊😊

  25. Chris A says:

    The show (the narrative, the special effects, the music – oh my god, the music, the sound effects, the actors and everything else that comes with it) was PERFECT! I’m so captivated by this show that I cannot wait for another season. Everyone’s acting was so good, especially Millie Brown as El. I love how the actors don’t come off as stereotypical characters in horror movies that make the obvious bad decision that gets them killed, which made the bad things that happened to and around them feel even more dangerous.

    Duffer Bros, keep up the good work. Your show is legendary!

  26. Jacob Leatherwood says:

    I wish I had a spot in this movie…

  27. Anonymous23 says:

    I disliked the character of Steve. I hope Nancy dumps him. Once a douchebag. Always a douchebag!

  28. Rafal says:

    The interview was so long and not even a word about music? I think, the person who composed it, did a great job too.

  29. john enfield says:

    As a long-time D&D player, I’ve hoped for a good quality live action D&D tv show for a long time. Though it may not be an official one, Stranger Things is that show to me. Our main characters do indeed have an adventure that is something any DM would love to run. In fact, I’m working on a campaign inspired by this show now. It is perfect for my players who like modern settings in their RPGs. Thank you Duffer Brothers and Netflix for being one of the very few to make a show that actually celebrates gamers in an uncheesy, non-toungue-in-cheek way.

  30. Phill4 says:

    I think that Stranger Things could have a different take on the sequel idea altogether. How about journeying to a different locale altogether and having another miniseries on a completely different strange event? It allows for more creativity and no rush to return to this plotline. Then again, I think that leaving things creepy and unanswered was a master stroke on their part.
    Maybe a different miniseries followed by a return to this one? I think they could get more mileage out of this by taking an X-Files-esque approach and instead of having each episode be different have a series of miniseries to creep people out.
    I would like to return to this group eventually, but not immediately. This could mean doing the filming with this crew now and then delaying release to the public.

    • Manuel Mangual says:

      I absolutely agree. My wife and I had a night-long conversation about what would make second season even better. We love the X-Files and the diversity it offers in each episode. Likewise, I think, this show should make each season different (i.e: new town, new cast and new monster)

      • Christian Woolsey says:

        I think they should have it centered around a new cast with returning characters, people dealing with another branch of “the Department of Energy”, maybe something growing in a neighboring town’s sewer system, loads of directions to go with what’s been set up.

  31. Ronny Fagerlund says:

    My only question is, why did the agents leave Hopper alive when they had the chanse to kill him when he got caught the first time in their lab? What was the reason they took him home while he was unconsious instead of questioning him of what he knew, who he worked with, and then finish him off?
    It kinda went against the first impression where they so easily killed Benny at the restaurant in cold blood just because he had seen the girl, but then all of a sudden was softhearted and let the sherrif get away with it even after he had seen what he had seen. :/

    • ZMann says:

      They chose to bug his trailer and to follow him instead in hopes of finding 11… and figuring out what had been revealed. Remember this is the 80’s. No NSA monitoring all of our cell phones yet. Intel had to be gathered the hard way.

    • Cory says:

      If you notice, they never asked him specifically where the girl was until he offered the information. the first time he got caught, they may of released him hoping he would lead them to the kid, thinking that he would never of given her up otherwise… (honestly I doubt it, but for me, it’s good enough to suspend disbelief long enough to enjoy this amazing show)

    • some unimportant dude dying is a thing. chief of police dying? hmmm

    • forrestfox says:

      Oh crap, I forgot to put a huge “spoiler alert” sign on my post :/
      Hope I didnt ruin it for someone :(

  32. eddie willers says:

    They did a fine job. I hope to see more.

  33. Kyle says:

    Mike told 11 that a promise is something you can’t break and he promised her to go to the snow ball.
    It was so sad when she turned and said goodbye Mike.
    If I had the money and time I would love to make my own tv show kinda like that because you could tell that there was some thing gonna happen between Mike and 11. If I had a show I would have a Facebook and Twitter page for it and answer thoes questions that bother people lIke what happend to 11. And they shouldn’t wait for a long time to bring her back. Because how Mike was at the end that was probly his characters first girlfriend and he barley got to do anything with her and that is so sad.

  34. Barb Miller says:

    Loved it. Will be hard to wait for more

  35. Stranger Things is incredible. While watching it, I saw so many elements and inspirations from my favorite horror films of the 80s, 90s and 00s. Can’t wait for S2!

  36. Melody Savala says:

    Adroit producers, great casting, love the “real” physical special effects, but utterly, utterly derivative story and characterization. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but these boys owe Spielberg, and especially Stephen King, royalties and credits.

    • Iridesca says:

      From Stephen King himself: “Watching STRANGER THINGS is looking watching Steve King’s Greatest Hits. I mean that in a good way.”

      Relax.

  37. Rj says:

    I to also binge watched the whole season and the way it ends there needs To be another season, reason being is because 11 just disappeares and at the end the boy has flash backs in the bath room and throws up something weird there’s no way a tv series can just end like this with out showing or explaining in another season how or what happened to 11 and why the boy threw up that random glob of stuff and sees the other side for some odd reason … please season 2 and not wait a million years to put it out please !!!!

    • Ric OftheDead says:

      That glob was the end of the worm thing that was in Will’s mouth…earlier in a different episode one of the kids said worm farm…. that was a purposeful hint. Cut a worm in half there are now 2 worms….so there will be another creature a year from now….

  38. STEVEN M. ATKINS says:

    Absolutely loved it !

  39. Dave says:

    Incredible series, *slow clap*

  40. Laurie Kittle says:

    Dear Netflix you could not put on this high a caliber of a show and not give us another season or more… it would be very wrong of you, so just do it. I love this series, it met and exceeded my expectations so keep it going please.

  41. I just finished binge watching the series and I loved it. Especially Eleven. She reminded me so much of Drew Barrymore in Firestarter. Down to the nosebleeds that her dad used to get whenever he used his power. I loved the kids. And I was really excited that Nancy ended up with Steve. He didn’t seem bad at all, just caught up with his jerk friends. And Winona Forever. Can’t wait for season 2.

  42. Hi, I was wandering if I could ask, when is season 2 going to be released?

  43. Kathryn Carr says:

    Fave writer is S. King. Fave brothers are now the Duffs. What a brilliant series. I raised kids in the 80’s and I kept thinking this series is like the movie The Goonies hopped up on acid.. maybe acid and LSD taken together? Fabulous. I’m REALLY hoping Eleven comes back to us in the next chapter with plans to attend the Snow Ball.

  44. I really enjoyed this show, except for the last 10-20 minutes of the final episode. I found the ending too vague – neither exciting enough for a cliffhanger or satisfactory enough for a finale. So I do hope there’s a season 2, because season 1 is far from resolved.

  45. Jon says:

    I jus need to know if 11 will return for a second season because you could tell that there that there was something goodles was there and she was good at her part in the show and she has to find out about her mother and meet will the person they were looking for the whole time and everyone kinda knew that will be OK cuz what kinda show would let him die like that cuz then it would be a one season show like Limitless and Freaks and Geeks. I watch the shoe stranger things in one night.

  46. Mitchell says:

    I hated how 11 had to disappear because Mike wanted to take her to the snow ball and now he has no one to go with.
    And they should make it where 11 try to reach out to Mike through the walkie talkie and he would use the AV clubs radio to communicate to her.

  47. Suva says:

    Just finished ep8….NEED MORE pleassseee!!!

  48. LynnieNJ says:

    If this show is not picked up for AT LEAST a Season 2, there are really some dumb ass people running networks out there!!

  49. KANDIE says:

    LOVE THE MUSIC!!!!! SO SCARYYYYYY

  50. Judith Bishop says:

    Season 2 please!!!!! I was hooked from start to finish. Never lost interest not even once. Everything was so amazing its nice to watch a show that stands out from all the other shows. It felt fresh and original. I hope to see more work from you guys soon.💯

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