Stranger Things Fan Favorite Character Steve Harrington Was Actually Not Suppose To Make It This Far
The Stranger Things creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, admit that Steve Harrington was supposed to die in season one
Stranger Things debuted on Netflix on July 15, 2016, and quickly became a smash phenomenon. Steve is a high school bully who mostly targets Jonathan Byers in the first season. While dating Nancy Wheeler, Steve reveals himself to be exceedingly shallow, expressing more concern about getting in trouble than Wheeler's missing pal at one point. His bond to Nancy, on the other hand, prompts him to assist her and Jonathan in fighting off a Demogorgon. Dustin Henderson enlists Steve's assistance in season 2 after he mistakenly adopts a newborn Demogorgon as a pet. As a result, Harrington and Henderson become a strong bond, and Harrington becomes the group's assigned babysitter from then on.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, the Duffer brothers stated during Geeked Week that Steve was supposed to die in the first season of Stranger Things. They don't recall when Steve was meant to die, but it was bound to happen. Instead of Steve, Jonathan's father was supposed to battle the Demogorgon in the scene when Steve confronts the Demogorgon. The Duffer brothers credit Keery with altering his character's direction and having an influence on the Stranger Things story. See Matt's statement below:
"When he comes back and fights the Demogorgon, that was supposed to be Jonathan’s dad... You’re learning what works and what doesn’t work. The cast is impacting where you take the narrative, the other writers and directors … it’s this living thing"
While he was a disposable and unlikable character in season one, he has evolved to become one of the most popular characters. The fact that the Duffer brothers nearly killed Steve in season 1 shows how different things were back then. The brothers confess that they didn't have the full series planned out and were simply making it up as they went along. Without a clear goal, they may easily have killed off characters with great potential. Furthermore, while they are significantly more sophisticated in their preparation now, they still let the cast, directors, and other writers to weigh in on the script.
Source: Rotten Tomatoes