SPOILERS: Duffer Bros. Defend Controversial ‘Stranger Things’ Episode

Stranger ThingsWARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Stranger Things 2. Read at your own risk. 

 With most fans already caught up on Stranger Things 2, they are finding that there is a sort of kindred following around the idea that episode 7 is, to put it mildly, a strange departure for the series.

Episode 7 is almost like a backdoor pilot for a whole different show with different characters. Matt Duffer explained that episodes like this are to help them add some different elements to the season to help keep them fresh as writers:

“Whether it works for people or not, it allows us to experiment a little bit. It’s important for Ross and I to try stuff and not feel like we’re doing the same thing over and over again. It’s almost like doing a whole little other pilot episode in the middle of your season, which is kind of a crazy thing to do. But it was really fun to write and cast and work on.”

It has become downright polarizing, with some fans criticizing it as filler. Matt described why he felt its inclusion was important in the new season:

“Our test of the episode was we tried to pull it out of the show just to make sure that we needed it because I didn’t want it in there as filler — even though some critics are accusing us of doing that. But Eleven’s journey kind of fell apart, like the ending didn’t work, without it. So I was like, whether this works or not, we need this building block in here or the whole show is going to collapse. It’s not going to end well. The Mind Flayer is going to take over Hawkins.”

Ross Duffer then chimed in, talking about how it fits overall in the evolution of Eleven, which is ongoing:

“That Eleven story line overall is sort of the biggest risk we took. We’re going to continue to do risks moving forward to keep us on our toes. I didn’t want her to just magically save the day. Just like Luke Skywalker, she needed to go off on her own and learn something about herself.”

Stranger Things 2 stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, and Noah Schnapp. The series has also added Paul Reiser (Aliens), Brett Gelman (Jobs), Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers), Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen, and Broadway star Sadie Sink into the mix as well. Here’s the official synopsis:

“It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.”

Stranger Things 2 is now available on Netflix.

Source: EW

The 5 Best Moments In ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

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Thor Ragnarok Best MomentsThe Thor films haven’t really been the most well received entries of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, both of the films have been some of the weakest, but with the release of Ragnarok approaching and early reviews being very positive, there’s actually a lot to look forward to in the God of Thunder’s latest cinematic solo outing.

Ragnarok is a film that changes the formula of the Thor series in many ways and that may be controversial to some fans. I recently got the chance to see Ragnarok myself and loved it, so now’s the perfect opportunity to look back and pick out the moments that stood out as the best the film has to offer.

Here are the 5 best moments in Thor: Ragnarok. Be aware that this article contains major spoilers, so you may want to wait until after you’ve seen the film to read it. If you have, just click Next to get started!

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