For the past few weeks, there has been a persistent rumor that the creators of Stranger Things is quietly editing past seasons of the show for various reasons. It seems to have started with Duffer brothers to give an interview about the show’s fourth season, in which they acknowledged a minor continuity gaffe: Episode 2 was set for March 22, which a previous season pegged as Will’s birthday. And yet no one in the episode acknowledges that fact. (Happy birthday Will, by the way.)
In it interview, the Duffers admitted that they simply forgot that they had previously established March 22 as Will’s birthday, and revealed that they were thinking of “George Lucas doing the situation” by going back to the show and christening the character who said on March 22 to say “May 22” to remove the error. (Before George Lucas sold his company to Disney, he often changed the old Star wars films based on improvements in technology or his own general whims, often without even telling fans he did so.) In another interviewclaimed the Duffers “We also have George Lucas stuff that people don’t know about” — sending fans digging into the show’s archives trying to find examples.
But it can be a dangerous game to play because our memories sometimes play tricks on us and make us think things are different when we simply remembered them wrong in the first place. The quotes from George Lucas led some fans to claim that the show had trimmed (or completely removed) a scene from Season 1 in which Charlie Heaton’s Jonathan secretly takes pictures of Nancy (Natalia Dyer).
But after some sites began reporting the scene’s removal as fact and writing entire opinion pieces about it as the start of a potentially dangerous trend, Stranger Things the writer’s Twitter account posted a note that read “PSA: no scenes from previous seasons have ever been cut or re-edited. And they never will be.”
They also directly responded to a fan who asked if it included this infamous (and apparently misremembered) scene from Season 1 of Jonathan spying on Nancy, saying that there’s also been no post-production scare on that sequence.
The lesson here: Don’t just assume something is true because someone you don’t know claimed it was on TikTok or Twitter. Verify this yourself. The complete fourth season of Stranger Things now streaming on Netflix.