The Stranger Things creators have responded to Millie Bobby Brown’s criticism of the show not killing off enough main characters.
Brown , who plays Eleven, told TheWrap in a joint interview with co-star Noah Schnapp, “We’re all afraid of one of us dying. It’s way too big. Last night, we couldn’t even take one group picture because there were like 50 of us. I was like, ‘You need to start killing people off.’”
Schnapp, who plays Will Byers, added, “You just have to have one massacre scene where half the cast dies.”
Millie, 18, continued to call the writers out. “The Duffer brothers are two Sensitive Sallies that don’t want to kill anyone off,” the British actress said. “We need to be Game of Thrones. We need to have the mindset of Game of Thrones.”
She then demanded that the creators “kill me off,” adding, “They tried killing David [Harbour] (who plays Hopper) off and they brought him back. It’s ridiculous.”
When the comments were mentioned in a new interview with the Duffer brothers, Matt Duffer defeatedly replied, “We heard,” adding, “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. Just as a complete hypothetical, if you kill Mike [Finn Wolfhard], it’s like… that’s depressing… we aren’t Game of Thrones. This is Hawkins, it’s not Westeros.”
Duffer used the character of Barb (Shannon Purser) as an example, saying, “So even when Barb 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 acknowledged that more deaths are “on the table” as “we’re headed towards the end,” adding, “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.”
Stranger Things season 4 is currently streaming on Netflix. The final season is expected to be released in 2024.