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‘Stranger Things’ creators respond to Millie Bobby Brown’s show criticism

Brown had previously suggested that the show needed to have the "mindset of 'Game of Thrones'" in regards to killing off characters

By Hollie Geraghty

Eleven in 'Stranger Things' season four
Eleven in 'Stranger Things' season four (Picture: Netflix/Press)

Stranger Things creators the Duffer Brothers have responded to Millie Bobby Brown’s recent criticism that they need to “start killing people off” from the hit Netflix show.

Speaking in a recent interview with The Wrap, Brown, who plays Eleven, and co-star Noah Schnapp, who plays Will Byers, were asked what they want to see from their characters in the fifth and final season. They both agreed that the Duffer Brothers need to kill off more characters.

“It’s way too big,” Brown said. “Last night, we couldn’t even take one group picture because there was like 50 of us. I was like, ‘You need to start killing people off’.

“The Duffer brothers are two sensitive Sallies that don’t want to kill anyone off. We need to be Game of Thrones. We need to have the mindset of Game of Thrones.”

She also joked that she told the Duffers to “kill me off”, continuing: “They tried killing David [Harbour] off and they brought him back. It’s ridiculous.”

The Duffer Brothers were asked about the star’s recent criticism on an episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast.

“What did Millie call us? She said we were ‘sensitive Sallies’. She’s hilarious. Believe us, we’ve explored all options in the writing room,” Matt Duffer said.

“Just as a complete hypothetical, if you kill Mike [Finn Wolfhard], it’s like… that’s a depressing… we aren’t Game of Thrones. This is Hawkins, it’s not Westeros. The show becomes not Stranger Things anymore, because you do have to treat it realistically, right?

“So even when Barb [Shannon Purser] dies, there’s two seasons worth of grappling with that, so imagine – is that something we’re interested in exploring or not interested in exploring?”

He did confirm that more deaths were “on the table” as the show heads into its final season.

“This is me basically defending myself against these Millie Bobby Brown accusations and explaining that there are lives behind it, and it’s nothing to do with my sensitivity. So there you go Millie,” he added.

This week, Metallica praised Stranger Things for its use of their song ‘Master of Puppets’ in the season four, volume two finale.

“The way The Duffer Brothers have incorporated music into ‘Stranger Things’ has always been next level, so we were beyond psyched for them to not only include ‘Master of Puppets’ in the show, but to have such a pivotal scene built around it,” they wrote on social media.