In both movies and TV, we're living in a world full of spoilers. Between leaks, fan theories, and set photos, it's nearly impossible for popular properties to release new material without at least some of it being ruined. As such, measures must be taken to ensure that secrets get kept. And while this is to be expected in massively popular shows like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, smaller hits also have to be cognizant of spoilers. And this includes the biggest hit of Summer 2016: Netflix's Stranger Things.
After being renewed for a second season on Netflix, Stranger Things released a video revealing the episode titles for the upcoming season. But now it appears that some of these titles might be changed, or that they were simply red herrings. Because hardcore fans need little more than the episode titles to predict and possibly ruin Season 2. Citing another popular sci-fi series, Matt Duffer revealed (via EW) that some titles will be changed, saying:
Some of them are changing. Some of them we didn't put because these people are smart on the fucking internet. You've seen it with Westworld ---they figured it out!
While you may be disappointed being misled, it looks like The Duffer Brothers are doing what they must in order to make Stranger Things' second season as enjoyable as possible. They know how crazy fans are, and want to make sure that we don't end up ruining Season 2 for ourselves. Thanks, Bros.
When explaining his rationale, Matt Duffer explicitly referenced HBO's new hit Westworld. And that's because the drama's many fans were able to piece together Season 1's big mysteries through careful examination. And while it's satisfying to see your fan theory play out on the small screen, actually being surprised and emotionally affected by the show's plot is the real goal. It's because of this that The Duffer Brothers want to keep their cards close to their chest; they just want the audience to enjoy Season 2.
Of course, Stranger Things does have an advantage over Westworld. Because Netflix releases its seasons in full, all of the fan theories and spoilers will be available at once. With Westworld, fans had weeks to permeate on what the series was showing us, and could eventually figure out the big twists before they aired. So while Stranger Things audiences will be forced to binge the series to avoid spoilers, each episode's surprises will likely be in tact by the time Season 2 is released.
Stranger Things has just begun releasing stills and footage from its sophomore season, which is amping up the excitement. Check out the awesome teaser that aired during the Super Bowl.