The long-awaited second season of Stranger Things is now mere days away from bursting into glorious life, and the countdown until arguably Netflix‘s most successful breakout show of the past coupla years is well and truly on.
But, as it turns out, if it weren’t for the pluckiness of the kids in the show, season one could’ve wound up being a fair bit more wholesome.
The show’s co-creating Duffer Brothers revealed that a last minute decision by Netflix almost took all the foul language literally out of the mouths of babes, but a near-riot from the youth of Hawkins set things back on the right fuckin’ track.
Ross and Matt Duffer sat down with Wired for a wide-reaching chat ahead of the S2 release, and among other (stranger) things revealed that the powers at be demanded the first season tone it back on the sass mouth.
At first, the Duffers reckon, they were prepared to cave in. Most likely due to the fact that at the time the show wasn’t considered to be that much of a hot property and they were just stoked to be making it in the first place.
But unfortunately for Netflix, they had no factored in the ferocious anger of a bunch of 11 and 12-year-olds about to be given carte blanche to say all the poops and farts and shits and fucks they wanted on camera while getting paid.
Matt Duffer explains the whole thing thusly:
Just getting profanity into the show was a big argument. First, we actually gave in and took out all of the bad language, and the kids got really upset. Then I wrote Netflix saying I’ve got this army of 11- and 12-year-olds and they’re pissed off that we cut all the language. At least let us shoot alternate takes. That was, like, the day before we started shooting. And then Netflix said OK.
Apparently, according to Ross Duffer, the potty mouthed antics are only gonna ramp up in season two now that they’ve got a bonafide hit on their hands. But even that pales in comparison to the IRL abilities of their cast of apparent burgeoning sailors.
They’re much more foulmouthed in season two than in season one, but in real life it’s far worse. I’m like, I cannot believe that came out of your mouth.
Fucken… you beauty.
Season 2 of Stranger Things hits Netflix screens on October 27th (HOLY SHIT THAT’S NEXT WEEK).
Check out the full Duffer Brothers Wired interview via this link.