‘Stranger Things’: Steve and Robin Almost Had a Romantic Ending — Why They Didn’t End Up Dating

One of the highlights of Stranger Things 3 was the relationship between Steve (Joe Keery) and Robin (Maya Hawke) — one that didn’t develop romantically. It turns out that it was originally planned for the two to end up together, but the show took things in a different direction.

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Why Robin’s arc evolved

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Hawke spoke about how things changed as they began filming, with the original storyline leading to the two co-workers dating.

Hawke explained: “Throughout filming, we started to feel like she and [Steve] shouldn’t get together, and that she’s gay. Even when I go back and watch earlier episodes, it just seems like the most obvious decision ever.”

She further told Variety how the show creators and director worked with her to figure out the best way for her character’s arc to play out.

Hawke shared: “The Duffer brothers and I, and Shawn Levy, had a lot of conversations throughout shooting and it wasn’t really until we were shooting episode four and five, I think, that we made the final decision. It was kind of a collaborative conversation, and I’m really, really happy with the way that it went.”

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Robin’s coming out scene was well received

Making the pivot from the co-workers having a romantic involvement to Robin coming out to new pal Steve made for an incredible scene that played well to audiences.

Hawke further shared: “Sometimes we can have empathy for people onscreen that we wouldn’t normally have empathy for in real life. If I can hope for anything it’s that maybe some people fell in love with Robin and that helped them fall in love with girls who love girls and boys who love boys.”

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Keery called the arc ‘a growing moment’ for Steve

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last month, Keery was asked if he was aware that Robin would come out during the season and shared: “That was something I had heard about earlier on. There was a rumor about that and I think the brothers wanted to keep it close to their chest, so they didn’t want to get the news out. I think it was something that was held close intentionally and for good reasons.”

He continued, noting, “but man, that scene might be one of my favorites of the entire season to shoot, just because they handled shooting it with such tenderness. The whole flip in the scene is that I’m making this confessional, and I’m shedding the skin for Robin and bearing my heart on my sleeve. And then she does the same for me.”

Keery was happy with his character’s growth as well, explaining: “And to see it handled with such acceptance on both parts, it’s just a real beautiful friendship moment and definitely a growing moment for my character because it’s continuing on the path of learning to be a little bit less of a narcissist. He started out as such a selfish guy. Slowly and surely it seems like he’s growing up and yeah, learning to put other people before himself.”