The Duffer Brothers admit they got it wrong and make amends: “We apologize to the fans.”
A disturbing little detail disturbs fans of Stranger Things for a week and the publication of Volume 1. In episode 2, we see on the dating of a video camera image the mark “March 22, 1986”. However, as Joyce clearly says in season 2, March 22 is Will’s birthday! But no one cares, no one wishes him. And even the Netflix Twitter account noted the discomfort:
In season 2 of Stranger Things, we learn that Will was born on March 22. And in episode 2 of season 4, we see on the camera, the date of the day.
Everyone forgot Will’s birthday, he deserves better. 💔 pic.twitter.com/dcCTPZVxsZ
— Netflix France (@NetflixFR) June 1, 2022
Today, the scriptwriters explain (in Variety) that there is nothing to read between the lines. It wasn’t the Upside Down that erased the Byers’ memory. The Duffer brothers just forgot that this specified date was also Will’s birthday, when they wrote it down in volume 1 of season 4:
“The honest answer, clearly, is that – like the characters on the show – we also forgot about Will’s birthday. So the whole question now is whether we adjust Will’s birthday or leave it like that, just saying it’s sad (that everyone on the show forgot).”
With a bit of embarrassment and a lot of humour, the two creators of Stranger Things defend themselves:It’s been six years since we wrote this date of March 22! You know George RR Martin has someone following his Iron Throne universe. Stephen King has someone who keeps track of everything he writes. We need someone too I think. We don’t have that person… It’s just Ross and me, and my memory isn’t good. But we love Will, and I don’t want people to think we don’t love Will because we forgot his birthday. But now we’ve mentioned Dustin’s birthday this season (laughs), so we’re going to be very careful that the characters don’t forget, just in case…”
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To save the day with Will, the writers plan to do a “george lucas“, by transforming March 22 of season 2 into May 22, a posteriori, “Because ‘May’ can fit in Winona’s mouth…Because otherwise it means her mother forgot her birthday! That’s too mean. It’s too unfair for Will!”
And the Duffers conclude with an apology to the fans: “It was obviously a mistake, and we apologize for that. We apologize to the fans.”
Volume 2 Season 4 of Stranger Things will be posted on Netflix on July 1, 2022, in France at 9:01 a.m.