Stranger Things isn’t only getting scarier in its second season, it’s also getting more mature. In an interview with Wired, the show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, revealed that the young stars of the series actually petitioned for more cursing in the scripts. Getting the foul language there in the first place was actually a “big argument,” according to Matt Duffer.
“First, we actually gave in and took out all of the bad language, and the kids got really upset,” he said. “Then I wrote Netflix saying I’ve got this army of 11- and 12-year-olds and they’re pissed off that we cut all the language. At least let us shoot alternate takes. That was, like, the day before we started shooting. And then Netflix said OK.”
It’s not hard to imagine that the Duffers are able to get whatever they want for their Reagan-era horror series since the first season became an out-of-control phenomenon, with Eggo Waffles receiving a renaissance in popularity and the phrase “Upside Down” becoming a part of everyday diction. Surely, asking for a few more swear words isn’t that tall of an order for Netflix.
With a bigger baddie in the spirit of H.P. Lovecraft terrorizing Hawkins this time around, the kids need some colorful language to help deal with the situation. “They’re much more foulmouthed in Season 2 than in Season 1, but in real life it’s far worse,” said Ross Duffer. “I’m like, I cannot believe that came out of your mouth.”
Funnily enough, Finn Wolfhard (who plays Mike Wheeler) apparently kept saying the F-word on the set of Season 2 as he was so fresh off of filming Andy Muschietti's R-rated adapation of Stephen King's IT as the foul-mouthed and wisecracking Richie Tozier.