The Creators Of "Stranger Things" Have Hit Back At Millie Bobby Brown's Criticism Of The Show After She Dragged Them For Not Killing Off More Characters

Back in May, the highly anticipated fourth season of Netflix hit Stranger Things finally hit our screens after being badly delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fans were thrilled when Eleven and the gang returned to their hometown of Hawkins, Indiana, for more supernatural happenings.
The series has followed the same group of kids since Season 1, with Eleven, Mike, Lucas, Will, and Dustin being the OGs, with Sadie Sink joining as Max in Season 2.
Mike's sister Nancy Wheeler, her ex-boyfriend Steve Harrington, Police Commissioner Jim Hopper and Will's mother Joyce Byers are the other main characters who have starred in the series since the first episode.
And, what's particularly shocking these days, every single one of the main characters made it into season four.
In a world where TV shows constantly grab headlines for their cutthroat decisions to kill key actors on the fly, Stranger Things has kept his kills to a minimum — though he constantly hints at life-threatening situations.
And while it's a decision that's been widely welcomed by fans, one of the show's breakout stars, Millie Bobby Brown, recently slammed its creators, the Duffer Brothers, when she accused them of being too scared to to kill someone
In fact, the British actor called showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer "sensitive sallies" when she advised them to take a page from the Game of Thrones book, which was infamous for its relentless character death.
Millie was just 12 when she was cast as an elf on Stranger Things, and she even volunteered to kill her character, sharing her grievance with the series in a recent interview.
During a chat with the Wrap in May, Millie and her co-star Noah Schnapp - who plays Will - were asked what they wanted to happen in future episodes.
"You want Will to die," Millie said abruptly to Noah, who was visibly confused when he replied, "No? Die?"
"Oh, no?" Millie asked, to which Noah replied, "Oh, I mean, I think in the end..." before deciding, "No, I don't want [him] to die."
Millie then told the interviewer, "The thing is, we're all scared one of us is going to die." Noah mused, "One of us is going to die."
"You have to kill some people, it's too big," he joked, and Millie was quick to agree, adding, "It's way too big. Last night we couldn't even take a group photo because we were about 50. I thought you had to start killing people."
"The Duffer Brothers are two sensitive Sallies who don't want to kill anyone," she continued. “We have to be Game of Thrones. We need to have the Game of Thrones mindset.”
After saying that they should "kill" me, Millie referenced Jim Hopper's confrontation with death in Season 3 when she quipped, "They tried to kill David [Harbour, who plays Hopper] and they did." brought back. It is ridiculous."
And the Duffer Brothers have now responded to Millie's criticism, but luckily for fans, they don't seem too keen on taking her advice on board.
Speaking on the Happy, Sad, Confused podcast, Matt said, "What did Millie call us? She said we were "sensitive Sallies." She is hilarious. Believe us, we explored all possibilities in the writing room.”
He went on to explain the complexities that come with killing a main character as he continued, "Just quite hypothetically, if you kill Mike it's like... It's depressing... We're not Game of Thrones. This is Hawkins, not Westeros. The show doesn't become Stranger Things anymore because you have to treat it realistically, right?"
Matt then referenced the death of supporting character Barb early in season one, sharing, "Even if Barb dies, we've got to deal with it for two seasons, so go figure - is that something we're interested in, or don't mind exploring it? ?"
But the writer went on to tease that more deaths could be "on the table" as "they're heading towards the end" of the show, before jokingly noting, "It's me basically defending myself against these allegations by Millie Bobby Brown and that explains there are lives behind it, and it has nothing to do with my sensitivity. Come on, Millie.”
Millie is certainly receptive to that, as elsewhere in her interview with the Wrap she reiterated her confidence in the Duffer Brothers' work.
She explained at the time, "I trust the Duffer Brothers and their creative process and what they've seen for Eleven has always been amazing and something I've always supported."
Meanwhile, Matt recently revealed that there were originally more fatalities on the show, with Dimitri "Enzo" Antonov wanting to meet its creator in an original script.
He told Collider: "In terms of who's doing it, who lives or dies. I think there was a version where Dimitri aka Enzo didn't make it. Then he finally made it. But that's [the] most radical departure from the original idea compared to what we ended up with."
The reveal came amid confirmation that the next season of Stranger Things will be its last, and the Duffer Brothers have revealed they already know what the ending will be like.
"We know what the ending is," they told SFX. "It's conceivable that it will change, but I think it's unlikely because it's one of those endings that just felt right and always felt right. And it also feels kind of inevitable. Then when you come up with it, you're like, 'Oh yeah, well, that's absolutely what it needs to be.'"
Filming for the show's fifth and final season has yet to begin, but Matt and Ross have promised fans they won't have to wait as long as they did for season 4, telling Variety, "The gap should be pretty big, shorter this time, since we already have a first draft and cannot imagine that there will be another six-month forced break."
And as we wait with bated breath for the grand finale, we can only hope Millie doesn't grant her wish and all Hawkins residents will have happily ever after...
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