The practical realities surrounding filming will create a challenge for Matt and Ross Duffer, creators of the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things.” They detail why in an interview with IGN:
IGN: … Where do you see the show picking up, timeline-wise? Of course, you have to deal with the kids clearly getting older.
Matt: Yeah, you have to do the Harry Potter thing. You have to jump a year. Because like Gaten [Matarazzo], his voice has already dropped quite a bit, to the point where we couldn’t even do ADR with him. We had to pitch it way up. It’s dropped. He’s grown. As much as I would love to have it be Christmas right after that, it’s just not feasible, so we’re going to skip a year. They’ll be a year older and all their changes they’re going through, we’ll take that into account and kind of work that into the show.
Ross: It’s also just exciting having these initial conversations about it because the jump allows us to say “what happened in that year?” It actually opens up a lot more storytelling possibilities. These characters have changed and the audience has to sort of fill in those gaps of what went on in that year. To us, it’s exciting. So the fact that we have to make this jump, because of the kids, we’re trying to use that to our advantage.
A time-jump gives them the best of both worlds. They get to factor in the events that occurred in season one while also crafting a new backstory that remains a mystery to the audience. Think of it as a sequel to a feature film. The possibilities are many.