Stranger Things is one of the most popular Netflix shows. The show catapulted the cast to super stardom and has the best characters in one show. But can you imagine the series without two of the most beloved characters? We learned that the Duffer brothers had planned to take the show in a whole new direction since they weren’t sure about a second season. But the duo struck gold because the streamer didn’t just order two but just released the fourth season. Let’s find the characters that the brothers had planned to kill off.
Which two characters were supposed to die in Stranger Things season 1?
In Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down, a book companion to Stranger Things behind the scenes, the Duffer brothers revealed that Eleven and Dustin weren’t supposed to stay alive. Season 1 was supposed to end with Eleven sacrificing herself. But when Netflix greenlit a second season, the brothers knew they wanted Millie back as Eleven.
The Duffer brothers said, “But once we realized that the show was potentially going to go on longer than one season, we needed to leave it more up in the air because deep down we knew the show just wouldn’t really work without Eleven.”
Besides Eleven, Steve was to die as well. But the actor convinced the Duffer brothers. Apparently, Joe Keery earned the redemption arc. The brothers wrote his characters in more and he transformed from a school bully to a babysitter of the group. The brothers made the right choice to keep the characters alive, cause otherwise, it would have angered the fans and they would have promptly boycotted the show.
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The creators were also pleasantly surprised at the fans’ outrage for killing off Nancy’s best friend Barb in season 1. Hence why she makes an appearance in season 2 as well. Moreover, remember Bob Newby? The brothers had planned to kill off the character in episode four. But just like Joe, the character was too likable. And so Sean Ashtin’s character lasted till the eighth episode.
Catch up on all seasons of the series before Volume 2 airs on July 1.
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