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.
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… 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]. 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.
[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)?