30 facts you may not know about Stranger Things

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The Netflix logo is pictured during a Netflix event on March 1, 2017 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
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9. Netflix doesn’t put a cap on a number of episodes in each season

Back in the day, traditional shows aired seasons that consisted of 20 or so episodes. Then, as HBO’s original content programming became more and more popular, 10 episodes became the norm. With the introduction of streaming services, no rules apply. Especially not to giants like Netflix that boast nearly 100 million subscribers.

For Stranger Things, Netflix hasn’t told the Duffer Brothers how many episodes they want to see in a season. So it could be anything: 

"And each episode can be however long we want it to be. I asked Netflix, straight up, “How many episodes do you want?” They really did say, “Whatever you think you need to tell the story” —  even after the show became successful. — Matt Duffer"

The premiere season consisted of eight episodes, with the follow-up season including an additional ninth episode. As the Duffer Brothers explained, eight wasn’t enough to complete the story, but nine felt right. Goldilocks comparisons aside, what this means is that the Duffer Brothers believe in strong storytelling. More importantly, like any good movie, we can expect the third act to hold up. A lot of shows unravel storylines, but struggle to put them back together.

The Duffer Brothers shouldn’t have that problem because of how laid back Netflix seems to be. No pressure.