Did ‘Stranger Things’ Change Jonathan’s Season 1 Photographic Scene?
Social media went up in flames when stranger things fans began to claim that some previously released scenes had been secretly re-edited from their original versions.
The rumor started on TikTok when some viewers pointed to a scene from season 1 in which Jonathan Byers—after tracking Nancy Wheeler to Steve Harrington’s house while searching for her missing brother, Will, in the woods—secretly photographs Nancy undressing in front of a window.
The scene first aired when Netflix stranger things streamed July 15, 2016. Many fans believe it featured clips of Jonathan actively taking photos of Nancy in her bra, from behind – a photo viewers see in a later episode when Steve confronts Jonathan.
At the time and in the years since it first aired, many fans criticized Jonathan for his problematic actions on stage.
Recently, several publications even reported portions of Jonathan’s secret photographic scene had indeed been cut, particularly clips of him taking “voyeur” type photos without Nancy’s consent.
However, it turns out that the scene was not re-edited. It seems we’ve all remembered it wrong and are suffering from the Mandela Effect – a phenomenon in which large numbers of people collectively begin to believe that a false memory is reality.
New TikTok Videos show fans to compare the episode being aired on their own physical copies of the episode on DVD, confirming that the scene has not been altered.
Even the official Twitter account of the authors of stranger things weighed. “PSA: No scenes from previous seasons have ever been cut or re-edited. And they never will,” the writers tweeted in a statement regarding the speculation.
This rumor mill started spinning after the Duffer Brothers, the creators of stranger thingsadmitted to forgetting that a scene in season 2 included a reference to the character Will Byers’ birthday on March 22.
When Season 4 viewers noticed that the day Mike Wheeler flew to California to visit Eleven and Will was March 22, but made no mention of Will’s birthday, the Duffer Brothers assured fans that they simply overlooked the detail.
“We were talking about it yesterday, and I think we’re going to talk about George Lucas. We also have things about George Lucas that people don’t know about,” the brothers said. Variety back in June.
The Duffer Brothers statement led viewers to start researching the differences between the online/streaming version and the physical DVD version of the show.
For “George Lucas”, a scene refers to the act of going back and altering the original cut of a movie or TV show that was previously released or aired. The director has sadly altered or reconstructed scenes of his star wars movies after release.
In the meantime, if stranger things is going to change anything, the show might want to consider piecing together the fate of a certain lovable metalhead from season 4. Fans even have some ideas on how to do it.