Eleven from Stranger Things was supposed to die in Season 1.
Millie Bobby Brown’s iconic Stranger Things character Eleven was not supposed to make it past the first season of Netflix’s Stranger Things, which was originally pitched as a limited series.
However, “once we realized that the show was potentially going to go on longer than one season, we needed to leave it more up in the air, because deep down we knew the show just wouldn’t really work without Eleven,” co-creator Ross Duffer revealed in Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-The-Scenes Companion. “And at that point, we knew how special [Millie Bobby Brown] was. If there was going to be more Stranger Things, Eleven had to come back.”
Millie Bobby Brown’s character was not the only character who was going to die. Steve Harrington, played by Joe Keery, was also meant to die in season one. “This Steve character, he was just supposed to be this giant douchebag,” the book reveals, adding that Keery becoming a fan favorite convinced them to change his destiny.
Other interesting facts about the show revealed in the new book include plans to never reveal the upside down world, but after filming 5 episodes, they knew something had to change.
“We thought that’d be scarier. What we don’t see is often scarier than what we do. And that worked for a while. But once we got five hours in, we felt the show really needed to open up, expand. It just became increasingly obvious: we had to go into the Upside-Down.”
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