In strange Stranger Things news, two major characters were meant to be killed off in season one.
Imagine a world where Eleven and Steve no longer exist. It’s too much. No more Millie Bobby Brown or Joe Keery? We have so. Many. Questions, Duffer brothers.
According to NME, in the new companion book to the TV show, called Stranger Things: World Turned Upside Down, the show’s creators, Ross and Matt Duffer, explained why we almost lost the two beloved characters.
“Eleven was going to sacrifice herself to save the day,” Ross says in the book. “That was always the end game.” But when the Netflix show got renewed for another season, he said they “needed to leave it more up in the air, because deep down we knew the show just wouldn’t really work without Eleven. And at that point, we knew how special Millie [Bobby Brown] was. If there was going to be more Stranger Things, Eleven had to come back.”
As for Keery (Steve Harrington), it was all about his stellar acting chops. “This Steve character, he was just supposed to be this giant douchebag,” Ross said, before writing it was Keery’s performance that made the creators change their mind and rewrite his plot line.
We’re just glad Hopper was never on the chopping block. (Don’t get any ideas, guys.)
Stranger Things season three (and the new Hawkins mall) is set to return in summer 2019.