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‘Stranger things’ have happened, right?
The fact that you can binge most original Netflix series in a matter of a few days is both a blessing and a curse. As many viewers of the streaming giant’s series Stranger Things wrap season 1, we’re already wondering when we’ll get more of the breakout cult hit.
It looks like the show creators might be planning something to keep us tied over until it returns: an 8-bit videogame.
IGN sat down with Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of the hit series, and demanded answers. One of the big questions asked was where in the timeline the creators saw the show picking back up. Here’s what Matt and Ross suggested:
Matt: Yeah, you have to do the Harry Potter thing. You have to jump a year. Because like Gaten [Matarazzo], his voice has already dropped quite a bit, to the point where we couldn’t even do ADR with him. We had to pitch it way up. It’s dropped. He’s grown. As much as I would love to have it be Christmas right after that, it’s just not feasible, so we’re going to skip a year. They’ll be a year older and all their changes they’re going through, we’ll take that into account and kind of work that into the show.
Ross: It’s also just exciting having these initial conversations about it because the jump allows us to say “what happened in that year?” It actually opens up a lot more storytelling possibilities. These characters have changed and the audience has to sort of fill in those gaps of what went on in that year. To us, it’s exciting. So the fact that we have to make this jump, because of the kids, we’re trying to use that to our advantage.
IGN suggested that maybe they create a comic book to cover the time in between, but Matt revealed they are actually considering an 8-bit video game based on fan art; 8-bit art of the show does seem to be popular online, with fans posting both videos and photos inspired by season 1.
The Duffers didn’t expand more on the idea—we’ll have to wait and see if the game comes to fruition or remains just a fan fantasy.
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.