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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It may be hard to imagine it now, but the hit Netflix series Stranger Things was originally planned to be a limited series, as series co-creator Ross Duffer revealed during a Q&A session at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

While speaking at this “homecoming” of sorts (the Duffer Brothers graduated from the film school), Duffer said:

“Maybe I shouldn’t say this because I like to pretend that it was all planned out, but it was originally pitched as a limited series. So Eleven was gonna sacrifice herself and save the world, and then that was going to be it, because there was a moment where limited series were a big deal.”

It turns out that the series was pretty much expanded as a response from Netflix during the pitching stage.

“And I remember when we went into Netflix and we pitched this they were like, ‘Well, we like this, but how could it keep going?’ And you’re just sort of riffing in the moment and we were like, ‘Well, Will’s back from this other dimension and he’s not doing very well.’ And they were like ‘great!’”

I especially love this because very often, you hear stories about creators having a giant plan from the start. Hell, George Lucas is probably the most guilty for constantly rewriting the history of Star Wars, but that’s very rarely the case.

Almost no one has a plan from the get-go, and that doesn’t mean it can’t result in great storytelling.

What do you think? Do you like that Stranger Things became a full series, or do you wish it stuck around as a limited series? Let us know down below!

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  • amesResident

    I’ve got to say I was a little underwhelmed with season 2.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      What didn’t you like? I thought it was great. There was a lump in my throat when no one wanted to dance with Dustin.

      • amesResident

        I definitely agree with you there. In fact, I can say that I think they’ve done a great job of getting us to care about these characters. Especially Dustin; every time that kid smiles, I can’t help but smile myself. I just felt that the overall plot was just a rehash of season 1. Sure, we got a little more info on El’s past, and the obvious nod to ET & Gremlins via Dustin’s pet Dart, but other than that the plot was the same; the Upside-Down is trying to invade, Will is in trouble at the center of of the problem, and El saves the day by closing the door.

        A+ for Characters and the Actors
        C- for the lazy plot

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.