What did you think of the ending to Stranger Things season two? Did you know it was almost a little more cliffhangier? Watch out if you haven’t seen the show, this may be a little spoiler-ish.
In an interview with Collider, producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen reveal that the surprisingly upbeat ending to season two almost revealed more about what’s to come next. As it stands we see Eleven and the gang having fun at the Snow Ball and all the spooky weirdness seems to be over… for now.
Producer Shawn Levy explains that the creators, The Duffer Brothers, almost added a few epilogue scenes and why they were cut:
“There were epilogue scenes that were considered for after that [final] shot that would have hinted more at Season 3. But there was a decision made by all of us where we said let’s not back in to any promises again … We always felt after Season 1 that we had to payoff that slug that Will coughs up in the sink, or whose black car Hopper was getting into, and had to — and wanted to — follow-up on Hopper putting the Eggos out in a wooden lockbox in the woods. This time the [Duffer Brothers] very consciously wanted to promise less, so that their freedom is more.”
Often TV writing teams will write themselves into a corner with no idea how they’ll get out of it or pay it off in the next season. Sometimes they legally can’t make decisions about what will happen next because no one knows what the staff or contracts will look like even a few months from now. The writers’ room may be different, the guys who had those ideas may leave and take some of their work with them, the cast could change — a lot can evolve on a TV show. But mostly it’s just nice to have freedom when you return to these characters. Check out Ben Blacker’s podcast The Writers Panel for years worth of stories from inside writers’ rooms about all the drama like this that can happen.
What did you think of the ending of Stranger Things season two? Where do you think the show will go next? Let us know in the comments!
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