The creators of Stranger Things have referenced Game of Thrones while speaking about Season 4, explaining that the story just became “bigger and bigger.”
Speaking at Deadline’s Contenders Television conference, Matt and Ross Duffer revealed they refer to Stranger Things Season 4 as their “Game of Thrones season” because it has a sprawling story that takes place across different locations, with various groups of characters driving forward separate narratives, all packaged together in the longest season yet.
“We kind of jokingly call it our Game of Thrones season because it’s so spread out, so I think that’s what’s unique or most unique about the season,” Matt shared, while Ross explained that they didn’t know how big the season would become when they were in the early stages of developing it as they had to consider how much story they wanted to tell in the next chapter.
“Game of Thrones is one thing we’ve referenced, but also for us really what it’s about is revelations, in that we really wanted to start giving the audience some answers,” Ross added, revealing that they wrote “a giant 20-page document” for Netflix during the first season to outline the mythology of the show and explain what exactly was going on.
“This season, we really wanted to really get into it and [revealing] some of those answers. But to do that properly, we needed time, so it just got bigger and bigger,” the brothers explained, addressing the season’s expansive story landscape. “We have these three storylines, are all connected and kind of interwoven together, but it’s just very different tones.”
While speaking on the panel, Matt and Ross confirmed Season 4 will be “double the length” of any other season that has come before it, with every single episode of the next season running for an hour or longer. Up until now, the longest episode of Stranger Things came at the end of Season 3 during The Battle of Starcourt, which played out across 78 minutes.
“I don’t think we have an episode clocking in under an hour – even in Season 1 there were episodes that were like 35 minutes. You kind of forget that,” said Matt. “This season, they’re very long, so I think it’s almost double the length of any season. So that’s one reason it’s taken so long. It does have this sort of epic quality to it. It’s a different feel, for sure. “
The penultimate season of Stranger Things is expected to be “bigger, bolder, and more intricate” that previous installations, and will have plenty of surprises in store. As such, the fourth chapter will be split into two parts, with Volume 1 making its debut on Netflix on May 27and Volume 2 releasing five weeks later on July 1 to complete the nine-episode season.
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