Just released today, the hardcover book Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-The-Scenes Companion is loaded with behind the scenes insights into the hit Netflix series, and NME brings us a nice little fun fact from inside those pages today.
In the book, the site says, “Stranger Things” creators the Duffer Brothers reveal that the original plan was for two of the show’s main characters to die by the end of Season One!
“Eleven was going to sacrifice herself to save the day,” Ross Duffer notes in the book. “That was always the end game. 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. And at that point, we knew how special Millie was. If there was going to be more Stranger Things, Eleven had to come back.”
The other character? Joe Keery’s Steve Harrington, whose redemption from douchebag to pretty damn good guy proved to be a fan favorite aspect of the show’s second season.
“This Steve character, he was just supposed to be this giant douchebag,” Duffer says in the book, adding that Keery’s performance sold the duo on his Season 2 redemption.