The creators of ‘Stranger Things’ respond to Millie Bobby Brown’s criticism of the show

Brown referred to the Duffer Brothers as “sensitive Sallies” due to their unwillingness to “kill anyone off” The Duffer Brothers have responded to Millie Bobby Brown’s recent criticism of the Stranger Things television series.  In a video interview with The Wrap, Brown, who portrays Eleven in the Netflix fantasy series, and her co-star Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) discussed their hopes for their characters in the fifth and final season. Brown concurred with Schnapp’s assessment that the Duffer Brothers “need to kill” certain characters and stated, “It’s way too big. We couldn’t even take one group photo last night because there were approximately 50 of us. I responded, “You need to begin killing people.”

“The Duffer brothers are two sensitive Sallies who have no desire to kill anybody. We must emulate Game of Thrones. We must adopt the mentality of “Game of Thrones.”  After telling the Duffers to “kill me off,” Brown continued, “They attempted to kill David [Harbour, Chief Hopper], but he returned. It is ludicrous.”  Some fans have since shared Brown’s comments on social media, following the conclusion of Stranger Things 4 and the survival of the main cast.  In the most recent episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the Duffer Brothers were requested to address the criticism. “We heard,” Matt Duffer said.  What did Millie refer to us as? She referred to us as “sensitive Sallies.” She is humorous. Believe us, we’ve considered every possibility in the writing room.”

“If you kill Mike [Finn Wolfhard], it’s like… that’s depressing… we’re not Game of Thrones,” he continued. This location is Hawkins, not Westeros. The show is no longer titled “Strange Things” because it must be treated realistically, right?  “So even if Barb [Shannon Purser] dies, there will still be two seasons of grappling with that, so imagine – is that something we’re interested in exploring or not?”  As Stranger Things nears its conclusion, however, Duffer has stated that additional deaths are “possible.”

“This is basically me defending myself against these Millie Bobby Brown accusations and explaining that there are people involved and that my sensitivity has nothing to do with it. “And there you have it, Millie,” he concluded. In the season four finale, the main characters attempted to defeat the villain Vecna, but many fans feared for the safety of their favorite characters because the Duffer Brothers had teased a “body count.”  Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine), Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn), and Jason Carver were the only major characters to die over the course of the final two episodes, in addition to various minor characters (Mason Dye).  Matt and Ross Duffer expressed regret last month for killing Chrissy Cunningham (Grace Van Dien) in the premiere episode of the most recent season.  Matt Duffer explained to NME regarding the upcoming final season, “We do have an end. I’m certain that much of it will change, but now it’s over.  “It’s one of those ideas that you come up with and think, ‘That’s it, that’s right, that’s inevitable – that’s how it must be’.”  Meanwhile, the fourth season of Stranger Things has broken the US streaming record for minutes viewed in a single week.

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