Stranger Things 4 directors plan to digitally fix Will Byer’s plot loophole

Netflix stranger things may be a homage to ’80s horror, but it also embodies a genuine belief in love and friendship. This spirit binds his charming main characters. So it’s shocking that the creators of the Duffer brothers forget a crucial day that no friend would forget – Will Byer’s birthday.

“It’s too sad!” Matt Duffer told Variety in an interview published late last week. “And it doesn’t make any narrative sense. But we talked about it yesterday and I think we’re going to see George Lucas.”

Die-hard fans know that Will Byers (Noah Schnapp)’s birthday is March 22, 1971, as stated by his mother, Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder), when a possessed Will is tied up in Episode 8, Season 2 of the fourth season, during of the scene where Will, Eleven and Mike are at the Rink-O-Mania roller rink, a timestamp on the recording camera held by one of Eleven’s bullies shows March 22, 1986. AKA Will’s birthday.

Nobody mentions it. After the first two seasons, Will’s storyline has been pushed further and further into the background, so that’s just another insult.

At least the Duffer Brothers are trying to fix the bug, much like how Star Wars creator George Lucas frequently altered his films after they were released. Mostly it was about the improvement of special effects.

So what are they going to do for Will’s new birthday? Matt Duffer suggested going back to this Season 2 episode and changing it to May 22 “because ‘May’ can fit in Winona’s mouth.” He continued, “So that would be us, George Lucas, handling the situation.”

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Here’s what the Duffers said about the slight in a previous interview with Variety.

“The honest answer is, like the characters on the show, we forgot Will’s birthday, too,” said Matt Duffer. “So the debate now is whether we adjust Will’s birthday or just let it be really sad.”

“Oh my god…I almost don’t want you to write that because you’re going to cause us trouble with the fans for forgetting his birthday. It’s been six years since I wrote that date!” said Ross Duffer.

“You know how George RR Martin has someone – I mean, his story is bigger – and Stephen King has someone to keep track of those things? We need this. We don’t have this. So Ross and I and my memory isn’t great but we love Will and I don’t want people to think we don’t love Will because we forgot – we do! so people don’t forget if the schedules…” Matt Duffer said.

Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 1 came out on Netflix on May 27th. 2 is scheduled for release on July 1st.

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