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Stranger Things Creators Have Already Retconned Old Episodes Without Fans Realising

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Stranger Things Creators Have Already Retconned Old Episodes Without Fans Realising

Stranger Things creators the Duffer brothers have revealed that they have tweaked old episodes after they were released without fans realising.

The siblings recently admitted they made a mistake in the latest season when fans pointed out an error surrounding Will Byers' birthday.

After addressing the error, the pair explained that they would be retconning or 'George Lucas-ing' a past episode to fix their mistake.

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Lucas was known for tinkering with Star Wars films after they'd been released, such as editing Hayden Christensen into Return of the Jedi.

The Duffers admitted this isn’t the first time they’ve retconned an episode, but only those with an eagle-eye and the series on DVD will be able to find out which ones.

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Speaking to Variety of previous changes, Matt Duffer said: "We have George Lucas'd things also that people don't know about."

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Ross added: "You do have the physical copies though, the Blu-rays and stuff — you'd have to compare."

Ross then explained they even changed 'some of the visual effects' from Volume 1 after it had already gone up on Netflix, but they weren’t key plot points.

He continued: "It’s not, like, story, but you’re essentially patching in shots. Netflix is — I don’t think they’ve ever allowed people to patch on opening week and even weekend.

"And we said, ‘Well, why not?’ And he said, ‘Well, it makes us nervous.’ And we’re like, ‘Well, maybe we try it this time.’ And it turned out fine."

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The Duffer Brothers revealed they have rectified continuity errors in old episodes. Credit: Alamy
The Duffer Brothers revealed they have rectified continuity errors in old episodes. Credit: Alamy

Previously, fans were quick to point out a continuity error regarding Will’s birthday in the fourth episode of new season.

In the episode, viewers watched a camera rolling with the date 22 March, which was previously established as Will's birthday, but none of his friends or family acknowledged it.

The Duffers have explained that they’re considering changing Will’s birthday to 22 May because they can fit 'May' in Winona Ryder’s mouth, who plays Will's mother Joyce.

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Meanwhile, Finn Wolfhard revealed he managed to correctly guess the subject of the Duffers' spinoff show.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

Wolfhard, who plays Mike in the hit Netflix series, was just 13 years old when he starred in the first series of Stranger Things in 2016 and began to work with Matt and Ross Duffer.

He no doubt knows the Stranger Things story inside and out, so when its success made the idea of a spinoff show a very real possibility, Wolfhard managed to guess exactly what the creators had in mind.

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When discussing potential future projects in an interview with Variety, Ross recalled the moment Wolfhard made his guess and said: "He wasn't spitballing, he just went, 'I think this would be a cool spin-off'.

"And we were like, 'How in the world…'."

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Featured Image Credit: Alamy/Netflix

Topics: Film & TV, Stranger Things, Film and TV

Lisa McLoughlin
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