Stranger Things Final Season Pitch Made Netflix Executives Cry

Fans of Netflix hit series Stranger Things should brace themselves for an emotional final season. The creators of the show and several of its cast members hinted at what viewers should expect from a blockbuster Season 5 during a panel in Los Angeles Sunday night.

Creators Ross and Matt Duffer, executive producer Shawn Levy, and cast Millie Bobby Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, Priah Ferguson, Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Quinn and Eduardo Franco took part in the panel held at Tudum Theater.

The Duffer brothers revealed that the team had finished writing the season’s first episode, “The Crawl.” The crew also conducted a two-hour pitch meeting with Netflix execs to lay out the series ending, which left some executives in tears. According to Matt Duffer, just a few individuals know how the series will end.

“We did get our executives to cry, which I felt was a good sign that these executives were crying. The only other times I’ve seen them cry were like budget meetings.”

After submitting the first episode of the beloved series’ final season, Ross Duffer reflected on the show’s remarkable run.

“We turned in the first script a couple of weeks ago and we’re onto the second. It’s full steam ahead. I remember Season 1 we were just amazed that Netflix was letting us do this at all, but Season 2 was when we really, with the writers, we developed an overall plan and a back story for all of this and make sure that, with the Upside Down, everything about what it was.”

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Patton Oswalt, who served as the panel’s moderator, probed for information on Season 5’s emotional underpinnings. Fans hope the show will continue weaving 80s horror and pop culture references into its script.

“Five, the way we see it, is kind of a culmination of all the seasons, so it’s sort of got a little bit from each, whereas before each season was so distinctly … [Season] 3 is our big summer blockbuster season with big monsters, and [Season] 4 was the psychological horror. I think that what we’re trying to do is go back to the beginning a little bit, in sort of the tone of [Season] 1.”

Ross Duffer also shared that the last episodes of Season 5 will be comparable to Season 4 “scale-wise.” 

Season 4 of the series became the most expensive Netflix original created, costing around 30 million dollars to make each episode. In comparison, Breaking Bad Season 5 was 3.5 million dollars an episode, and Game of Thrones Season 8 was 15 million dollars an episode.

The series’ outstanding ratings among viewers and 12 Emmy wins suggest that the production costs were well worth it.

“Just as important as the supernatural, we have so many characters now, most of whom are still living. It’s important to wrap up those arcs because a lot of these characters have been growing since Season 1. So, it’s a balancing act between giving them time to complete their character arcs and also tying up these loose ends and doing our final reveals.”

Levy, the show’s executive producer, has praised the Duffer brothers’ dedication to the show over the years.

“As a witness and having been in that two-hour pitch room and having read this first script — I’m paralyzed with fear that I’ll spoil anything but I will say the thing about these Duffer Brothers is that even though the show has gotten so famous and the characters have gotten so iconic and there’s so much about the ’80s and the supernatural and the genre, it’s about these people, it’s about these characters. Season 5 is already so clearly taking care of these stories of the characters because that’s always been the lifeblood of Stranger Things.”

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Matt Duffer revealed in August that the creators were considering not adding any new cast members during the final season to retain the focus on the current ensemble. Some viewers have criticized the show in the past for its reluctance to kill off main characters, which seems  idealistic in a world filled with ravenous monsters.

“Whenever we introduce a new character, we want to make sure that they’re going to be an integral part of the narrative. So that’s something with Eddie this season, where we go, ‘Well, we need a character here for this storyline to really work, and to give it the engine that is needed.’ But every time we do that, we’re nervous, because you go, ‘We’ve got a great cast of characters here, and actors, and any moment we’re spending with a new character, we’re taking time away from one of the other actors.’ So we’re just very, very careful about who we’re introducing.”

David Harbour, who plays Jim Hopper in the series, believes the final season will be a “home run.” Harbour said that playing Hopper has been “the role of a lifetime in many ways” and that he is going to pour his “heart and soul” into playing him for the last time.

“I know those Duffer brothers are very specific, and I know they want to get that last season. I mean if you look at Season 4, I have a feeling that Season 5 may not be as long, but it certainly will be packed to the brim with good stuff that you love. I mean, they really are getting better at giving you that home run that the audiences love. And I think that Season 5 will do that so much.”

Halloween Costumes

2019’s Most Popular Halloween Costumes

Halloween week is finally here! If you’re like most working American’s who are excited to go out on the town this weekend, but barely have enough time to cook themselves dinner, you probably still haven’t even decided what you’re going to go as yet. You’re definitely not alone, and luckily, the internet is the best resource for creative, popular, and cheap costume ideas for the last minute shopper. Spirit Halloween, one of the nations top Halloween costume/decoration distributors, has released an article with 2019’s most popular costume ideas. The list is filled with recognizable characters, and even though Spirit released the list, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to spend $50+ at one of their stores to make any of these costumes work. 

In 2018, with Marvel Movies being at the peak of their mainstream success, superhero costumes took the spot as number one, however, this year it seems as though video game characters are taking the stand. Specifically, Spirit reported that Fortnite themed costumes and accessories were the most searched for and purchased items from their stores. In addition, characters and accessories from games like Minecraft, Assassin’s Creed, Overwatch, and Halo were just as popular, making video game characters the number 1 costume for 2019. Luckily, for the last minute shopper, if this sounds like the trend you want to hop on, video game characters don’t need to be as detailed and accessorized as they are in the games in order to be recognizable. Making accessories like swords, shields, crowns/headgear, can all be DIY’d using supplies from Michaels. Just look up whatever character you want to be on YouTube followed by “cheap costume DIY,” and the results should come pouring out. 

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Iconic TV characters take the next spot on the list, however, more specifically characters from Stranger Things. Becoming a character from the hugely popular Netflix original is easy, even if you can’t get the exact outfits worn by your favorite character. Go to your local thrift store, or any relative’s house who was alive during the 80’s, and look for something that exudes that decades energy. Fun colorful patterns, anything corduroy, scrunchies, high tops, etc. are all pieces that can be brought together to make an iconic Eleven look from season 3, just put some fake blood under your nose and boom! You’re ready to go as your favorite 1980’s telepathic superkid. 

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TV characters in general go along with the Stranger Things Cast on the list. Throw on a yellow button up, cheap striped tie, circle frame wire glasses and you’re Dwight Schrute from The Office. Spirit reported that either Jim or Dwight costumes from The Office are always one of the most searched costumes. However, it’s easy enough to DIY it, along with a myriad of other of your favorite television show characters. More times than not, the character you want to be has one particular aspect of their whole characterization that’s needed to make a costume work, and everything else is just added. For instance, Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation; make a Knope 2020 sticker. Thrift a doctor’s coat and wear some old pajamas as scrubs and you’re literally any character from Grey’s Anatomy. Put on your favorite colorful windbreaker and your Zac Morris from Saved By The Bell. It doesn’t take much to still be able to participate in the festivities after procrastinating until the last minute with no budget. 

Next on Spirit’s list is classic Halloween Icons. As in Pennywise from It, Jason from Friday the 13th, Chucky, Freddy Krugar, or Scream, more specifically the costume from Scream, since the killer has changed every movie. A lot of individuals miss the actual scare factor of Halloween. As the years have gone on and the holiday has become more and more commercialized, it’s become a lot more fluffy, so let’s bring back that grotesque gore that kept us all up at night after watching Psycho even though our parents told us not to. A lot of these icons characterizations can be made clear using drugstore costume makeup. Pennywise only really requires white and red face paint. Chucky needs a few scars and some overalls, and Jason just needs a hockey mask and fake machete (but people will also get it without the machete). Again, utilize YouTube and Pinterest for easy DIY ways to pull of these looks. While you may only have a few days left, there’s still plenty of time to scramble and become something notable and cool for Halloween, and keep it cheap.