Idaho: Wayward Pines
Idaho also has a link to Stranger Things and it’s through the creators, The Duffer Brothers. The Duffer Brothers used to write for the Fox series, Wayward Pines, which just so happens to have been set in Idaho. The brothers wrote four episodes of season 1 in 2015, including the season finale. The show ended after two seasons.
Wayward Pines starred Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossaman, Hope Davis, Tom Stevens, Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, and Matt Dillion. It begins with a secret service agent going to Wayward Pines, Idaho looking for two missing FBI agents. What seems like an everyday job turns into something else entirely when he realizes the town is not at all what it seems.
As writers, Ross and Matt Duffer have never written on a show or movie without the other. They wrote together on Wayward Pines, obviously on Stranger Things, and on Hidden, a movie they wrote and directed in 2015 that starred Alexander Skarsgard, Andrea Riseborough, and Emily Alyn Lind. The movie followed the story of a family who must hide out in a bomb shelter to escape a threatening outbreak.
It’s kind of strange that they’ve been able to be hired together as writers over the years, but now with Stranger Things, they most likely can work on any project they want.
So while this link between Stranger Things and Idaho isn’t huge, it’s definitely still there.