Twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, the brains behind Netflix’s hit science-fiction horror show, Stranger Things, talk about their “Barb-like” high school days, meeting the expectations of their demanding fans and about ending the show when the time is right.Q. Stranger Things is set in a small town in Indiana.,Twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, the brains behind Netflix’s hit science-fiction horror show, Stranger Things, talk about their “Barb-like” high school days, meeting the expectations of their demanding fans and about ending the show when the time is right.Q. Stranger Things is set in a small town in Indiana. Did you imagine the show would resonate with audiences the world over?A. Well, you never know how these things will resonate, but that was certainly the hope. We think the idea of the ordinary meeting the extraordinary resonates universally. It’s exciting for anyone to imagine themselves getting swept away from their normal lives and into a crazy adventure.Q. The show celebrates its love for the nerds and the underdogs. Were you nerds in school?A. We were absolutely nerds in high school! While most kids were into sports, we were making movies and acting in plays (although we were terrible actors). In general, our high school experience was very…Barb-like.Q. The synopsis of the latest season mentions how the Hawkins crew has “to figure out how to grow up without growing apart”. Is that a reflection on your three-decade-long partnership?A. It doesn’t really relate to our partnership, but it certainly is taken from life experience. We remember going into high school, only to discover that a lot of our friends had “moved on”. They were now hanging with cool new friends and playing sports while we still wanted to play video games and make movies. We wanted to tap into that feeling with season three-that your friends are drifting away from you.advertisement The cool ‘nerds’ Matt (left) and Ross Duffer. (Photo: Tina Rowden/Netflix)Q. Last season demonstrated how significant Stranger Things is to Netflix. The scale was big and impressive. Is there an added sense of pressure to make the new season work?A. We’ll never feel as much pressure as we felt with season one, when we didn’t even know if anyone would watch. Honestly, it’s a bit relaxing having a built-in fan base. At the same time, those fans all have expectations and hopes for the season which is a little nerve-wracking, but you can’t worry too much about it or you’ll paralyse yourself. We just try to make the best show we can and hope that it will resonate with our fans.Q. The series showcases your love for 1980s pop culture. Is your aim to make audiences appreciate the smaller things you feel are slipping away?A. We always wanted the show to be as authentic as possible. But that credit here really has to go to our production design team-especially Chris Trujillo, Jess Royal and Sean Brennan-who work tirelessly to make sure even the smallest detail is right. For instance, in the mall this year in the show, you could walk into any one of the stores and every shelf was filled with period correct items. They did stunning work.Q. The show has so many characters and you keep introducing more. How do you decide who gets more screen time? Does audience response contribute?A. We always like to add a few new characters because they immediately shake things up. It forces our characters and storyline in new and exciting directions. Also, if an actor in a smaller role really pops for us-for instance, Priah Ferguson (Erica)-then we naturally want to write more for them. The actors inspire us just as much as any plot idea.Q. Do both of you know when to let go of Stranger Things?A. As far as how long the show will go on, we’re still working out those details. But it’s important to us that we end the show when the narrative dictates we end it. We don’t want to end the story abruptly, but we also don’t want to push it past its natural breaking point.