Here’s a clip from Netflix’s after-show, Beyond Stranger Things, which features some of the younger cast reacting to their original audition tapes for season one.

There’s a fan theory I never considered: what if The Mind Flayer is somehow a mutated version of the first child ever experimented on in Hawkins Lab?

The kiss between Max (Sadie Sink) and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) wasn’t in the original script, and it turns out the Duffers decided to add it specifically because Sink was freaked out by the concept. The moment in the show works well and feels deserved, but watching the cast and creators talk about the way it came about…well, it’s not a great look for the Duffers.

ST 2 dance shot

This interview with Collider indicates that neither kiss was in the script –which, frankly, I find a little hard to believe. The Mike/Eleven kiss feels essential, especially after the thwarted attempt earlier in the episode. Anyway, in that same interview, the producers of the show say that they don’t plan on ever releasing a blooper reel of screw-ups or jokes that happened on set:

“We don’t share bloopers because we’re willing to pull back the curtain on the show, but we don’t want to demystify it in quite that way. It’s not a comedy. Obviously mistakes happen [but] I don’t think we’ll ever release bloopers.”

ST book cover 1

ST book cover 2

Twitter user/artist Butcher Billy has created book cover art (via Blurppy) for each episode of the show’s second season. Hit the link to see all of them, but I embedded my two favorites above.

Here’s the trailer for Stranger Things: The VR Experience, which is coming to PlayStation VR soon and allows users to “feel the terror of the Upside Down.”

Stranger Things 2 ending

And finally, the Duffer Brothers have been doing deep dive interviews with Vulture for every episode of season 2 in advance of their panel at the first-ever Los Angeles-based edition of Vulture Festival this weekend, and in one of those interviews, the site asked one of the questions many of us at /Film have been pondering about season 2: what does the Shadow Monster/Mind Flayer actually want?

Ross: We just know that it doesn’t want to do anything good. It’s continuing to spread and the government, at the moment, is the obstacle for it, which is why it’s using Will to help — because he’s a spy within there, he’s using Will to help take them out.

Matt: In terms of specific goals, we don’t lay it out like that. The kids theorize based on Dungeons & Dragons what it might want. Right now, you just know it’s the puppeteer controlling all these things that are putting Hawkins in great danger, and the stakes go up from there in terms of its goals, its intentions. It’s implied that it wants to take over Hawkins, and continue to spread beyond that. In that way, it’s very much like a virus that could take over the whole planet.

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