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Stranger Things was initially conceived as an anthology series

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Upon its release, Netflix's Stranger Things erupted in popularity, almost to the point where it was all anyone could take about, and fans immediately began anxiously awaiting a second season following the adventures of Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin), Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), and, of course, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), but, had the series gone ahead as initially conceived, it's possible that we would't have seen any of those characters again.

While speaking with Wired, Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer revealed that the show originated as an anthology series in the vein of Fargo or American Horror Story.

MATT: That’s how we conceived of it. It was right in that period where people in television were really into the idea ... and then were less interested. So we adapted. I think if we were a year earlier—

ROSS: —maybe it would have ended up as an anthology.

MATT: Now I’m really happy that it isn’t, because we found these kids that clicked. It would become a problem if we just continued to treat it like a TV show and just kept going for like seven seasons or something, but if we get out after four seasons or something, then I don’t think it’s going to feel that way.

It's easy to see the potential in the anthology idea, particularly if the Duffer brothers continued playing with 80's-influenced science-fiction and monsters, but I'm grateful that we'll get to stick with the residents of Hawkins, Indiana for the time being. What do you folks think? Would you preferred that Stranger Things had stuck with the anthology approach?

The second season of Stranger Things will debut on Netflix on October 27th.

Source: Wired

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