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Stranger Things: How The Scripts Rolled Out For The Cast

Television is quite the interesting beast. With many films, chances are you have a completed screenplay under your belt before you start filming (well, in most cases), and as such, the actors have a complete idea of the arc their character will go through over the course of its runtime. Things are different in TV. Actors may portray themselves as one thing in Episode 4 only to discover their character is a traitor in Episode 22.

That seemed to change with the advent of more serialized storytelling over the course of fewer episodes, especially with shows like Stranger Things, which emphasized character arcs over endless twists and turns over the course of an over-long season. But how soon do they begin production? Do they start only after the whole season is written? While we can’t speak for the last two seasons, we do have some insight into how things rolled out for Season 3.

Speaking with Collider, stars Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, and Caleb McLaughlin were asked about that very thing. Here’s what they said:

“Schnapp: Usually, it’s the first four we start with, like, to do the table read, and then from there, they write the scripts as we’re going.”

“Sink: So we got the first four and we had to wait basically until we were done filming the first four episodes to get five and six. And seven and eight were like three months later.”

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This reveal is admittedly a bit surprising to me. I would have bet that they had all the episodes done before filming. After all, these are essentially limited series in length, so I’d think they’d want to make sure everything ties together as seamlessly as possible. That being said, just because they don’t have the scripts written doesn’t mean they don’t have the stories outlined before they get going.

Though, as I mentioned at the top, this is, by no means, a confirmation of how it works in every season or in other shows. Hell, even with folks who have been working for years, the creative process is ever-evolving, and very rarely do things fall into a completely unchanging method.

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SOURCE: Collider

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