WARNING: This article assumes you have seen ‘Stranger Things‘ season 2 because you’ve had plenty of bloody time. If you haven’t seen it, please immediately close this tab, load up Netflix, and remain perfectly immobile until you have consumed the entirety of the season. Cheers.
Remember how season 2 of ‘Stranger Things‘ had a bunch of incredible momentum that seemed to just die in the ass during the course of, oh, I don’t know, the entire length of episode 7? Take heart in the knowledge that season 3 might render it not completely pointless, with Eleven‘s sister Kali slated to likely return.
Talking at Vulture Fest LA on the weekend, the Duffer Brothers discussed that ~controversial~ episode:
Ross: We were excited about spending a little time away. We only say it’s like a movie, but it’s not. So some of it is us experimenting with the form, this eight hour, nine hour thing. So we got excited about taking a breather before we dive back in, and it annoyed some people.
Matt: It was intended to give you whiplash – whether the whiplash was too strong or not, I don’t know.
Apparently, the Kali episode was originally meant to appear last (Kali was also meant to be a 30-year-old dude, weirdly), which seems like it would have had an equally weird and kind of baffling impact on the pacing of the show. The brothers have also admitted that it was nearly cut entirely, but they ended up deciding it was important for Eleven’s arc (apparently they’ve never heard of a little thing we like to call the training montage, smdh).
Having introduced her now (in a lengthy and kind of pointless way), Matt reckons that’s one of the main reasons the show needs to come back for a third season: “It feels weird to me that we wouldn’t solve [her] storyline, I would say chances are very high she comes back.”
Netflix hasn’t officially confirmed the return of the show for a third season, but the brothers are working on it “for [their] own amusement” regardless and, I mean, come on: every single person alive watched it, I reckon it might be in Netflix’s interests to do another one.