It isn’t confirmed that this is what the Duffer brothers were going for when they created the scene, but there’s one part of season three that seems reminiscent of “The Breakfast Club.” Steve and Robin are confessing things to each other in a pair of bathroom stalls after getting away from violent enemies.
A similar scene occurs in “The Breakfast Club,” which has the five members lounging on the floor of their detention space, telling each other secrets. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but Robin and Claire Standish seem to be seated in similar poses. Steve and John Bender also seem to have similar positions.
Not After Midnight
Another eighties storyline that season two seems to be copying/parodying/creating an homage to is that of “Gremlins.” The gang finds a small, strange creature and starts to care for it, watching as it grows bigger, only to discover to their horror that it is, in fact, a young version of the creature that nearly doomed them in the first season.
In “Gremlins,” Billy and Gizmo get along well, but it becomes clear that Gizmo is far more dangerous than Billy first assumes. So, too, do the kids of Hawkins realize they have been harboring one of the denizens of the Upside-Down, which does a lot to move the plot along.
She Was Just Too Sassy
Lucas's younger sister Erica Sinclair was originally going to have a much smaller role. The actress, Priah Ferguson, was just a local hire the Duffer brothers made in Atlanta, expecting to be little more than a background character to fill out Lucas's family. She wasn't supposed to be in season two as much as she was, but she started stealing scenes.
The brothers called her very “GIF-able,” as long as that's a word. She gets a lot more screen time in season three (and four) since it makes perfect sense for a young kid like her to enjoy spending lots of time at the mall.
Keeping Things Rolling
With season three of the show in the bag, Netflix had a mind to keep the momentum going. They wanted the Duffer brothers to immediately jump into filming the next season, perhaps aware of how much longer and more intricate season four would be. Filming a show is a huge undertaking, and the Duffers, the producers, and the cast decided that it was best to take a break to do some other stuff and refresh.
It might have been for the best – with worldly events of the years after season three, who knows if the fourth season would have even come out any sooner. Lots of projects had to be shut down, and “Stranger Things” might have been one of them.
Convincing a Star
Winona Ryder was without a doubt the most recognizable name on the roster for the first season, and it took some persuading for her to join the team. Before officially casting her, the Duffer brothers sat in a four-and-a-half-hour meeting with the woman that would go on to play Joyce.
Ryder had been in a bit of a career slump at the time, but joining such a big, unsure project still required thought and conversation. Oddly, the Duffers later said that they didn't really talk about the show or the character much – instead, they just got to know each other. Ryder joined the project the next day.