While shedding some more light on Stranger Things season 4, the Duffer Bros compare the latest installment of the Netflix series to Game of Thrones.
Stranger Things season 4 is like Game of Thrones, according to creators Matt and Ross Duffer. Stranger Things became one of Netflix’s hottest shows when season 1 released in 2016. The fantasy/horror series continued to be just as popular for seasons 2 and 3, and the first half of season 4 is premiering on Netflix on May 27. The second half of Stranger Things season 4 will then premiere on July 1.
Based on the trailers for Stranger Things season 4, Netflix has given audiences a pretty good idea of what the story will entail. The main group of characters will be split up this time around, with Hopper in Russia, Eleven and the Byers family in California, and the rest remaining in Hawkins, Indiana. The Mind Flayer will more than likely be involved in the show’s plot, but the story of Victor Creel (Robert Englund) also looks to be connected to the Upside Down, with one of Stranger Things season 4’s trailers showing Dustin, Lucas, Nancy, Steve, Max, and Robin investigating the abandoned Creel House.
While Stranger Things will still have plenty of twists and turns for audiences come May, the Duffer brothers have shed a bit more light on the season in an interview with Deadline. Matt Duffer compared the season to Game of Thrones, a show that was notorious for having interwoven storylines for characters spread out over the world. Ross Duffer added that season 4 is massive in regards to its story, with Stranger Things finally starting to give audiences some long-awaited answers. Both comments from the Duffer Bros can be read below:
Matt Duffer: We kind of jokingly call it our Game of Thrones season because it’s so spread out, so I think that’s what’s unique or most unique about the season. Joyce and Byers family to have left at the end of Season 3. They are in California – we’ve always wanted to have that like ‘E.T’.-esque suburb aesthetic, which we finally got to do this year in the desert; and then we have Hopper in Russia; and then of course we have a group remaining in Hawkins. So we have these three storylines, are all connected and kind of interwoven together, but it’s just very different tones.
Ross Duffer: [but] we didn’t know how big the season was going to get, and we didn’t even realize until we were about halfway through, just in terms of how much story that we wanted to tell this season. Game of Thrones is one thing we’ve referenced, but also for us really what it’s about is revelations, in that we really wanted to start giving the audience some answers.
Since the popularity behind Stranger Things grows with each installment, Netflix has consistently made each season bigger than the last. Game of Thrones was truly a massive show in terms of story and production, so the Duffer Bros comparison really speaks to the scale of season 4. However, it’s important that Stranger Things maintains its compelling narrative rather than focusing exclusively on CGI-heavy action set pieces. Game of Thrones no doubt excelled at bringing audiences exciting battles and action, but later seasons put that ahead of the show’s actual story.
Game of Thrones season 8 was heavily criticized by fans and critics, but thankfully, it sounds like the Duffer Bros are only comparing their series to Game of Thrones regarding its characters being split up and the scale of the project. That being said, the Duffer Bros will have the tough task of sticking the landing soon enough. Stranger Things season 5 will be the show’s last, which means season 4 will need to start wrapping up certain storylines to lead into the final season. Stranger Things season 4 will be the longest installment yet, with each episode being over an hour-long, so thankfully, viewers have a bit more of the Netflix series to enjoy before the end.
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