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.
Asking for Permission
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.
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.
A Request From the Actor
Veteran actor Sean Astin (he's a lot bigger when he isn't a hobbit) has a pretty good mind for storytelling, at least when it comes to the characters he plays. In the second season's aftershow, “Beyond Stranger Things,” Ross Duffer revealed that Astin had requested a violent death for his character Bob.
He wanted it to be memorable, and Astin apparently kept talking about the movie “Jaws” and Quint being ripped apart by the shark. They were able to make his wish come true and also allowed Bob to display his heroic nature by putting himself in harm's way to save Joyce, Hopper, and Will.
The Show's Original Name
“Stranger Things” is a perfect name for the show, but it wasn't always going to be called that. The show's original name was “Montauk” for some reason, and it was going to take place on Long Island in 1980, however, the Duffer brothers realized that it would be too difficult to shoot there during the winter.
Instead, they moved the setting to a fictional town in Indiana, which helped the Stephen King-like feeling of small-town mystery. There's also the fact that quite a number of classic eighties films the show takes inspiration from are set in small towns or otherwise in the midwest.