Stranger Things 4: Fan-Beloved Steve Harrington was Almost Killed Off in Season 1

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After three years of delay due to filming location conflicts and the COVID-19 pandemic, the long-awaited fourth season of the critically-acclaimed series Stranger Things has finally arrived on Netflix. Throughout the lengthy four seasons, each character from the Hawkins gang went through their own character arc. As for Keery's Steve, starting as a bully for Jonathan, he had gone through a massive redemption arc and transformed into one of the fan-beloved characters in the show.

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However, Stranger Things creators Duffer Brothers recently unveiled that they almost killed off Steve Harrington in the very first season.

Based on a report by Rotten Tomatoes, Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer revealed during Netflix's Geeked Week that fan-beloved Steve Harrington was supposed to die at the very first season. They also acknowledged Joe Keery's impact on changing his character's trajectory.

"When he comes back and fights the Demogorgon, that was supposed to be Jonathan’s dad...," Matt said. "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"

Well, with how Stranger Things progressed from Season 1 to 4, Steve's character development was one of the many pleasing things about the show. Starting as a Bully, he is now labeled as the hilarious 'babysitter' of the Hawkins gang, and his amusing connection with another fan-favorite Dustin seems to brighten up the whole show.

Volume 1 leaves the whole Hawkins gang in jeopardy, including Steve, who was bitten by some flying creatures in the Upside Down. The recent Volume 2 teaser also hints that Nancy, Robin, and Steve would somehow come back to the dimension, which clearly hints that the three are still in so much danger.

Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 1 is now available to stream on Netflix, while Volume 2 premieres on July 1.

Also read: Stranger Things Season 4 Breaks New Netflix Streaming Record