The second season of the show starts on Halloween, so what could be better for a bunch of eighties kids to dress up as the Ghostbusters? To get the outfits on the show, however, the Duffer brothers had to jump through a few hoops. They called “Ghostbusters” director Ivan Reitman, and it was a serious phone call.
He had the brothers explain why they wanted to use the costumes, what “Ghostbusters” meant to them, and other big questions. However, he was already prepared to let them use the costumes, calling them flattering. We guess it was just pulling one over on the brothers.
Bob's Original End
Near the end of Season two, Bob Newby dies after shutting a door between an adolescent Demogorgon and the rest of the cast, resulting in his demise from said monster. He went out saving the lives of people he loved, but it wasn't always going to be that way.
His original passing was going to come at the hands of Will, whom he had an ersatz father-figure relationship with. The Mind Flayer, through Will, was going to kill Bob to up the stakes of the season, but it seemed like a criminal act to move past Sean Astin so quickly, so the Duffers re-wrote a few things.
Getting Help From the Experts
We shouldn't be surprised that some of the younger members of the cast had a little bit of trouble with some of the intense scenes in the show, but they had veteran actors and actresses to lean on. Noah Schnapp, who played Will, asked help from his on-screen mother, Winona Ryder, with help for a certain scene.
She showed up an hour and a half earlier than she was called in for and talked to Noah in her trailer. She gave the kid plenty of tips and guidance about the scene, along with plenty of assurance. We're pretty certain that it helped.
The Death of Bob
Bob Newby, played by none other than Sean Astin, meets his untimely doom at the end of season two. He spends his time wooing Joyce, being a father figure to her boys, and eventually gives his life to save others – a true hero.
However, the Duffer brothers were originally going to off him much sooner in the series. Instead of episode eight, he was going to fall all the way back in episode four. The writers and directors ended up liking Sean Astin and Bob so much that they kept him around until his death could make him into a real superhero. It was a change that we're grateful for.
An End to the Show
Nothing good lasts forever, and the Duffer brothers are fully aware of this fact. They planned out a long storyline and saw it lasting four or five seasons. They, and Netflix, have confirmed that the fifth season will be the final one. However, the brothers aren't ruling out spin-off shows that deal with different characters or other places in the world they've created down the line.
They've already put plenty of work into creating a larger cosmos for them to explore, and there are lots of ways for other additions to fit inside the stories.