Fans of the popular Netflix series, Stranger Things, which premiered on Netflix on Oct. 27, know that a couple of storylines in the first season ended on some intriguing cliffhangers, leaving the fates of some characters in question. The Duffer Brothers, who created the series, have recently revealed that one Stranger Things fan favorite was almost killed off at the end of Season 1, which would have provided an entirely different resolution for one cliffhanger in particular. Which character had a different fate?
SPOILERS for Stranger Things Seasons 1 and 2 are ahead. The Duffer brothers, AKA Ross and Matt Duffer, had some interesting things to say about the series during a Q&A event at Chapman University, according to Cinema Blend. They revealed that the show was originally only supposed to last one season. In the Q&A, Ross Duffer went on to say that if that had been the case, Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown, would have died at the end of the season. He said, "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."
This would have been a total game-changer for the series. Can you imagine how heartbreaking it would have been if Eleven had died while protecting her friends from the Demagorgon at the end of Season 1? It would have made for one of the saddest series finales ever (and it's possible that many would have been trying to channel their inner-Eleven powers in anger over it)!
Thankfully, the creators went a different route when they decided to proceed with another season of the series. That obviously also included having a different direction for Eleven in Season 2. As viewers of the second season know, Eleven didn't perish at the end of Season 1. Instead, she was transported into the Upside Down after her battle with the Demagorgon. She escaped and, after living amongst the elements in the forest, struck up a relationship with Jim Hopper (David Harbour) and the two lived together for quite some time.
The second season also saw Eleven reconnecting with her "lost sister" Kali in one episode. It was brief turn away from the events plaguing Hawkins and some weren't exactly into the episode or Eleven's new look. But, at least the episode happened at all, since apparently Eleven wasn't originally supposed to be in the season! Even though some weren't exactly a fan of that brief direction for the character in "The Lost Sister", Eleven's still a major fan favorite on the series.
All you have to do to see that is look back to see how many people went as the iconic character on Halloween or check out the love the character gets on social media. So, it would have been a big blow if there was another season and Eleven wasn't back for Season 2.
If the plan to kill off Eleven originally was in the works, does that mean fans should be worried about her fate next season? Well, maybe. Stranger Things will have at least two more seasons after Season 2 and there's no telling where the story will head next. But, an ending where Eleven sacrifices herself for the sake of the ones she cares about seems to be an ending that the Duffer brothers liked enough to have the whole series end on it (at least, what was to be the entire series at the time). So, it's possible that they'd want to revisit that sort of idea in the future.
If that's the case, looks like Stranger Things fans will have to get the tissues ready for a potentially heartbreaking ending.