HBO; Netflix
Tim Stack
February 10, 2017 AT 02:53 PM EST

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Game of Thrones and Stranger Things are arguably the two biggest genre shows on television right now and share equally fervent fan bases. So when it came time to tackle one of the biggest obstacles for season 2 of Stranger Things, the show’s producers decided to ask advice from the HBO monster hit. “We literally consulted with the producers on Game of Thrones to learn security protocols,” say executive producer Shawn Levy (Arrival).

Season 1 of Stranger Things was basically shot in a bubble without much concern for leaks or paparazzi. But all that has changed for season 2. “I just knew I used to throw my sides away and now they have to be burnt,” says co-creator Ross Duffer of his daily shooting notes. Adds Levy, “We had no security protocols last season and we have extensive security protocols this season. I can’t speak about what they are because then people could crack them. We protect every story point, every page of every script.”

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Even the cast is cloaked in secrecy. “Now we have a code name [for the show],” says Millie Bobby Brown who plays Eleven. “And now I have a code name! It’s this weird thing. On the call sheets our names are across it and if we lose it, we’re dead.” But are you ever really dead on Stranger Things?

For more on Stranger Things 2, stay tuned to EW.com and pick up the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now. 

Stranger Things 2 returns on Halloween.

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