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I Just Found Out That A Certain Main Character Was Supposed To Die In Stranger Things Season One And Now I Am OUTRAGED!!!

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Stranger Things’ second season has been out for a little over a week, and the fans are going absolutely bonkers over the latest adventure in Hawkins, Indiana. Stranger Things 2 was jam packed full of heart and horror, but The Duffer Brothers apparently didn’t always plan on making the show last more than one season. With limited series all the rage on cable, they originally pitched the 80’s sci-fi piece as just that, which would have ended after one season. And the show would have apparently ended with Eleven dying to save her friends. Mind. Blown.

This information comes to us from The Duffer Brothers’ recent appearance Master Class Q&A session at Chapman University. It’s here where they revealed Eleven would have died if Stranger Things only lasted one season. Ross Duffer explained this thought process, saying:

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.


WHAT?!?!? Those motherfuckers were going to kill off the cute, Eggo-eating little girl that made the entire show? I am TRIGGERED! Eleven is and forever will be The Showstopper, The Icon, The Main Event of Stranger Things. What, a girl can’t fight off an evil monster from a different dimension and survive? Is Netflix a misogynistic company for having a show that would allow this to happen? Boycott! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTTTTTTT!!!!!!!

Okay, I just punched myself in the face 20 times to shoo the Outrage Demogorgon from my body a la *SEASON 2 SPOILER* the Shadow Monster from Will. How the fuck do people actually live their lives like that?

Anyway, that is some shocking stuff. Stranger Things has always been a hat tip to the 80s movies and I don’t feel like the true hero died all that often. Granted I was a pussy in the 80s (kinda still am in the 10s tbh) and didn’t watch a ton of horror movies. But hearing how a humongous character in a TV show was supposed to be killed off always shocks me because despite being old as shit, I still don’t understand that these people are fictional characters.

Thinking about how Jesse was supposed to die in Season 1 of Breaking Bad makes my brain hurt every single time. Now we can put Eleven on that list of incredible characters that were luckily spared. Because while Stranger Things is awesome because of Hopper’s heroic scrappiness, Wynona’s craziness, Nancy’s glow of pure innocence, and literally everything the kids do, Eleven is truly the straw the stirs the drink from across the room as a small droplet of blood falls from her nose. A weaponized girl with comedic relief because watching her interact with the real world was like watching Trent interact with New York City before he moved here.

Fuck it, lets roll the highlight reel from Season 1 and watch Eleven steal the scene time after time.


Damn it felt good to talk some Stranger Things. I can’t do it on Twitter since spoilers are a thing for people that actually have real lives and I wasn’t in the city when the KFC Radio boys were joined by Trent and Robbie to do an A+ recap of Season 2 (part 2 of the podcast coming tomorrow).

I’m still pissed I wasn’t in the office to shoot the shit about this season. I have a bunch of thoughts about the season. Maybe I’ll start a Michael Scott Paper Company version of KFC Radio.

P.S. I hate that click baity headline more than anybody, but I know there would be some Johnny Come Lately (which has never been a problem for me hi-oooo) that complained that I spoiled a show that came out last year for them.