Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Max want to draw the Demodogs away from the gate, but Steve keeps them at the house for their own safety. Billy, forced by his abusive father to look for Max, arrives at the Byers house. He overpowers Steve in a fistfight, but Max sedates him, and the group leaves in Billy's car. They start a fire in the tunnels, but Dart blocks their return. Dustin feeds Dart a 3 Musketeers bar, and Dart allows them to pass. Eleven channels her anger into closing the gate, and as the gate closes, the remaining monsters in Hawkins die.
One month later, Hawkins Lab has shut down. Barb is given a funeral, and Owens provides Hopper a birth certificate for Eleven, listing him as her father. The students, including Eleven, attend the school's winter dance, the Snow Ball. Max and Lucas kiss, as do Mike and Eleven. Nancy pities Dustin and dances with him. In the Upside Down, the Mind Flayer towers over the school. Season 3 In April , executive producer Shawn Levy stated that, as with the previous two seasons, the Duffer Brothers would direct the first two episodes, with Levy directing the third and fourth episodes.
The other directors for the season have yet to be announced; however Levy confirmed that Andrew Stanton who directed two episodes of the second season would not be returning due to scheduling issues. Night Shyamalan , however, due to changes at Warner Bros. The brothers were mentored by Shyamalan during the episode's production, so that when they finished, they felt they were ready to produce their own television series.
They subsequently invited the Duffer Brothers to their office and purchased the rights for the series, giving full authorship of it to the brothers. After reading the pilot, the streaming service Netflix purchased the whole season for an undisclosed amount;  the show was subsequently announced for a planned release by Netflix in early April Set in Long Island in and inspired by the supernatural classics of that era, we explore the crossroads where the ordinary meet the extraordinary The brothers started by using a copy of Stephen King's Firestarter novel to consider the title's font and appearance, and came up with a long list of potential alternatives.
Stranger Things came about as it sounded similar to another King novel, Needful Things , though Matt noted they still had a "lot of heated arguments" over this final title. The Duffer Brothers initially intended for Stranger Things to either be a standalone miniseries  or an anthology series.
Regarding the decision to wait more than a month after the first season premiered to announce the renewal, Matt Duffer said, "it actually ended up working because it had built up to this fever pitch. I guess that's what [Netflix] were intending to do all the time.
They knew they would not have the same element of audience surprise as when the show aired anew, and were aware fans wanted to see certain elements, but Ross said " Because I don't think they really know what they want. This approach had some trepidation from Netflix, since the company felt movie sequels typically have a bad reputation, but the Duffer Brothers pointed out that there had been many successful sequels that surpassed the original film, and felt confident with this name.
Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely. So I don't know what to do. Levy also confirmed that a fourth season was "definitely happening" and that there was potential for a fifth season.
As they focused on the missing child aspect of the story, they wanted to introduce the idea of "childlike sensibilities" they could offer, and toyed around with the idea of a monster that could consume humans. The brothers thought the combination of these things "was the best thing ever". To introduce this monster into the narrative, they considered "bizarre experiments we had read about taking place in the Cold War" such as Project MKUltra , which gave a way to ground the monster's existence in science rather than something spiritual.
This also helped them to decide on using as the time period, as it was a year before the film Red Dawn came out, which focused on Cold War paranoia. They had been concerned that a episode season on broadcast television would be difficult to "tell a cinematic story" with that many episodes. Eight episodes allowed them to give time to characterization in addition to narrative development; if they had less time available, they would have had to remain committed to telling a horror film as soon as the monster was introduced and abandon the characterization.
He'll be dealing with stuff, but he won't be at rock bottom We're [going to be] dealing with forces of evil that are new. In June , it was announced that Winona Ryder and David Harbour had joined the series as Joyce and as the unnamed chief of police, respectively. Ryder praised that the show's multiple storylines required her to act for Joyce as "she's out of her mind, but she's actually kind of onto something", and that the producers had faith she could pull off the difficult role.
Actors auditioning for the children roles read lines from Stand By Me. They noted that Wolfhard was already "a movie buff" of the films from the s period and easily filled the role, while they found Matarazzo's audition to be much more authentic than most of the other audition tapes, and selected him after a single viewing of his audition tape.
The casting of the young actors for Will and his friends had been done just after the first script was completed, and subsequent scripts incorporated aspects from these actors. Brenner, whom they had not really fleshed out before as they considered him the hardest character to write for given his limited appearances within the narrative.