Vote 2020 graphic
Everything you need to know about and expect during
the most important election of our lifetimes

Stranger Things Almost Killed Off One of the Kids

Image: Netflix
Image: Netflix

Even though they easily could have ended up being insufferable, the young actors at the center of Stranger Things are actually endearing and charming as hell. But back when the Duffer Brothers were first dreaming the series up, they had every intention of killing one of those lovable kids on screen.

Illustration for article titled iStranger Things /iAlmost Killed Off One of the Kids

While speaking at Chapman University, the Duffer Brothers explained how at one point in the show’s development, when Stranger Things was still being pitched as a limited series, they planned for Eleven to die after her fight with the Demogorgon.


Said Ross Duffer:

“Maybe I shouldn’t say this because I like to pretend that it was all planned out, but it was originally pitched as a limited series. So it was like, Eleven was gonna sacrifice herself and save the world and then that was gonna be it, because there was a moment where limited series were a big deal.”

Because Netflix is in the business of making money, the series went on to be crafted as a larger story—necessitating Eleven’s eventual return from the Upside Down. Here’s the thing, though. At some point, somebody on this show is gonna die. Someone important. (Sorry, Bob and Barb.) It’s only a matter of time before one of the gang bites the dust, but who will it be?



io9 Culture Critic and Staff Writer. Cyclops was right.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter


Angrier Geek

At some point, somebody on this show is gonna die. Someone important.

Why? Why do you need this? It reminds me of Kevin Smith talking about the ending of Clerks where Dante is murdered during a robbery. He said he did it because he felt it wasn’t a “real” film unless someone died. (clearly this is a belief that Joss Whedon shares). As if your work can’t be taken seriously otherwise.

Yes, there are times when it makes no sense that a character lives and there’s a happily ever after (Red River anyone? Meet John Doe?) but it makes perfect sense to me that a group of kid adventurers all live. I don’t need a death. I don’t need the “stakes” proven to me here.