The writers of stranger things have said the “painful” hidden detail about Will Byers was unintentional.
Netflix’s hit sci-fi series returned for its fourth season last week. Since then, it has become one of the most watched television seasons from the streaming giant in less than a week.
Season four includes some disturbing storylines surrounding Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), who feels left out and lonely after Mike (Finn Wolfhard) comes to visit, but only spends time with Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown).
In the second episode, Will makes a bad third during Mike and Eleven’s date at a skating rink. The fans, however, detected another possible reason why Will is bothered by the situation.
In season two, Joyce tells Will a story about her birthday, alerting the viewer to the fact that she was born on March 22, the same day that Will, Mike, and Eleven go to the skating rink.
This sets a very sad tone for Will’s scenes in the season four episode. For example, nobody gives him a present, but he has one for Mike, who doesn’t seem happy to see it. He is also left skating alone, and when he complains about being the bad guy for Mike and Eleven, his friend brushes off his feelings.
Although viewers have talked a lot about this cunning but painful detail, the show’s writers didn’t really realize what they had done.
Asked about the apparent hidden detail in an interview with Varietythe Duffer brothers admitted that it was not planned.
“The honest answer is that clearly, like the characters on the show, we also forgot about Will’s birthday,” agreed Matt.
“So now the current debate is whether we adjust Will’s birthday or just let it be really sad.”
Ross then turned to the reporter: “Oh, God. I almost don’t want you to write this because you’ll get us in trouble with the fans for forgetting his birthday. It’s been six years since I wrote that date.”
“I don’t want people to think that we don’t love Will because we forgot him, we love him!” Matt assured, promising that they will be “very careful” not to forget the characters’ birthdays again in the future.
To remedy this, Ross said they will do as George Lucas.
“We’re thinking her new birthday is going to be May 22, because ‘May’ can fit Winona’s mouth. [en la escena de la temporada 2 en la que Joyce dice la fecha del cumpleaños de Will]. So we would be doing a ‘George Lucas’ of the situation,” added Matt.
“Of course that would mean her mom forgot her birthday! It’s too cruel. It was obviously a mistake, and we’re sorry. We apologize to the fans,” Ross said.
Matt concluded: “And especially Will! It is unfair”.
the star of stranger things Jamie Campbell, claimed that he made one of his partners “tears” with his “terrifying” behavior on set.