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10 Awesome Things About “Stranger Things”

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As if you couldn’t get enough Stranger Things, here are some interesting facts about the smash sci-fi on Netflix

Stealing our hearts and focus back in 2016, the Netflix hit “Stranger Things” has quickly become a worldwide phenomenon with its 80’s nostalgia, captivating mystery and Eggos. With season four set to premiere in 2022, fans are eagerly awaiting the two year hiatus to end and to be reunited with their favorite characters. To help tide fans over, here are some fun facts about the last three seasons and the characters, as well the actors who portray them. Beware, there are some spoilers if you haven’t watched season one through three yet!

1. Legendary horror novelist Steven King helped Millie Bobbie Brown get the role of Eleven.

While Brown is clearly talented in her own right, it definitely helped having one of the most powerful horror writers in her corner. When facing the intense competition for the iconic role of Eleven, Brown was able to have a past tweet from Steven King praising her past work on the BBC show “Intruders (2014)” to show off. King tweeted, “Millie Brown, the girl in Intruders, is terrific. Is it my imagination, or are child actors a lot better than they used to be?” 

2. Steve Harrington wasn’t supposed to be a likable, redeemable character

Nicknamed the mom of the group, Nancy’s goofy and aloof boyfriend Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) easily won the hearts of viewers after watching him adopt Dustin and the gang in season two. However, not only was Steve not meant to be a main character, he was meant to be a lot meaner and darker. The show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, revealed that the character was not meant to get back together with Nancy and be a main character. Yet, after meeting Keery in person and seeing how charismatic he is, they decided to rewrite the role and give him a redeemable arc. 

3. The show is based on a “real-life” time travel project from the 1980s

The demogorgons and mind flayers may not be real, but the inspiration around the dimensions and reality-bending experimentation on children might be! The plot of Stranger Things is loosely based on the U.S. government experiments, called the Montauk Project. So much so that it’s working title was called “Montauk,” and was originally going to have it set in Long Island instead of the fictional small town of Hawkins, Indiana. The Montauk Project is an alleged string of psychological experiments done on children involving space, time and other dimensions. Alleged victims of these experiments have come forward about being tested on but the project was never proved, thus making it a well-known conspiracy theory. 

4. Gaten Matarazzo actually has Cleidocranial Dysplasia

One of the first things you learn about the character Dustin is that he has a disorder called Cleidocranial Dysplasia. Cleidocranial Dysplasia (CCD) is a rare genetic condition that affects teeth and bones, such as the skull, face, spine, collarbones and legs. Dustin’s actor, Gaten Matarazzo, actually has CCD in real life and has become an advocate for the disorder, bringing awareness to it and finding a cure. Researchers at the Oklahoma State University have said that interest in learning about the disorder has increased from Matarazzo being so open about having it and how it affects his life. 

5. There’s a 30-Page Document Dedicated to The Upside Down

If you’re a dedicated fan and desperate to know more about the lore of the Stranger Things universe, then the Duffers got you covered! Only if you work on set though. According to the actors and the Duffers themselves, they said that the show’s creators gave them each a 30 page document that detailed the monsters and plot ideas that they haven’t been able to touch on yet. “​​Even with the Upside Down, we have a 30-page document that is pretty intricate in terms of what it all means, and where this monster actually came from, and why aren’t there more monsters — we have all this stuff that we just didn’t have time for, or we didn’t feel like we needed to get into in season one, because of the main tension of Will,” Ross Duffer told Variety back in 2016.

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6. Barb was Shannon Purser’s first role

The one that inspired thousands of memes, jokes and fan tributes: Barb. However, the standout role of Nancy’s ill-fated but well-intentioned best friend was the first for Shannon Purser. Only 19-years-old when casted for the supporting character, she told Esquire that the response was unexpected but she loved the fans and the character. “I love Barb, and I love the character and I had a great time, and I thought maybe a couple people would notice me and think that she was a fun character,” Shannon told Esquire in 2016. “And then to wake up and see all these tweets and Instagram posts and all this support for her… It was so surreal, so amazing.”

7. Eleven’s character is inspired by E.T. (1982)

The Duffers have always said they were inspired by director Steven Spielberg’s iconic movies from the 80s. It’s no shock that Stranger Things has woven multiple E.T. (1982) references into the show, especially for the character Eleven. Suburban boy befriending a strange, supernatural being? Members of the police and government trying to stop them? The supernatural being putting on a blonde wig and pink dress? Even Millie Bobbie Brown knew of the comparison and was told to embrace it. “They told me that the performance that they wanted me to resemble was ‘E.T.’ and sort of that relationship between E.T. and the kids,” Brown told Indiewire in 2016. “I thought that was very interesting, and Matt and Ross were like, ‘Basically you’re going to be an alien.”

8. Bob was supposed to have a more gruesome death

Another character to steal our hearts and then rip it out with a sudden death, Joyce’s boyfriend, Bob (Sean Austin), was just a good guy who became a hero against all odds, saving everyone from the “demo-dogs” in the Hawkins labs. Then he watched as he fell victim to said demo-dogs as Joyce tried to save him. However, according to Austin, Bob was supposed to die sooner in season two and at the hands of Will, who was being processed by the Mind Flayer. Austin told Entertainment Weekly that the Duffer Brother hadn’t fully planned and confirmed his death and kept delaying it because they loved Austin. “I was certainly lobbying for good old Bob to hang around,” Austin said. “I didn’t just show up to meet these kids and get out of there! I wanted to be part of it.”

9. The show was almost an anthology series 

Like the current popular horror series American Horror Story (2011), Stranger Things was also meant to follow the model of having a new story every season with different characters. So we also said goodbye to all of our favorite characters and the mystery of Hawkins and the Upside Down. Luckily, the creators decided to scrap that idea and keep the current singular plot. 

10. The Upside Down is not actually called the Upside Down

Everything feels like a lie with this last fact. With the characters, the actors and the Duffers all referring to the creepy dimension where more than half of the plot stems from as “The Upside Down,” it was easy to take it as fact. Yet, on an episode of “Beyond Stranger Things,” the Duffer Brothers and Shawn Levy brought up how in the script, it was actually called the Nether. Levy confirmed that technically it’s real name is “the Nether,” but the nickname “the Upside Down” stuck and remained.

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