SPOILER WARNING: The following article explores plot details for Stranger Things 2. Read at your own risk.
Stranger Things 2 has been available to stream for a week now, and fans are still dissecting all of the new discoveries made in this remarkable sequel to the first Stranger Things.
Given the cinematic nature of this series, Stranger Things 2 is to the first season as Aliens was to Alien. This is due to the fact that the new season expands the lore beyond Hawkins, Indiana and even hints that these strange occurrences will eventually expand beyond “the town where nothing happens.”
What was so impressive about this new season (sans “Chapter Seven: The Lost Sister”) was the impeccable pacing from episode-to-episode. Much of this is credit to the Duffer Brothers for knowing what fits into the narrative for the benefit and what doesn’t.
In an interview with Collider, series producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen discussed how there are minimal deleted scenes – if any at all. In regards to the final cut, Levy explained:
“While we talk about how these seasons are movies, when a movie’s in post you really do shed a lot of scenes and repurpose and retool things on almost every movie. And on this we’ll sit down a couple times and give notes and modify a bit, but very little is cut, if any. There’s probably a lot of episodes that have been shot where no scenes are cut.”
Levy then compares the production on feature length films to the production of this season:
“It’s really, really interesting because in a given two-hour movie there’s usually at least half an hour of scenes that get cut. On Stranger Things, both seasons, because the Duffers write and rewrite and rewrite they just like hammer this material so rigorously before it ever shoots that everything has a purpose. They also don’t believe in scenes that aren’t plot necessary. So you’ll notice there’s very few scenes—even like a delicious treat like Billy flirting with Karen Wheeler, it serves a purpose; he’s trying to get information from her. So because the Duffers like all scenes to anchor into plot and necessity it means there’s very, very, very few deleted scenes.”
Stranger Things 2 is now available on Netflix.