‘Stranger Things’ writers reveal that Will was supposed to kill Bob
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'Stranger Things' writers reveal that Will was supposed to kill Bob

Stranger Things began airing in 2016 and has since gained a massive fanbase spanning children and adults alike. With its unique mix of mystery drama with sci-fi, the show pays homage to retro pop culture and media, such as Stephen King novels and films like The Goonies, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Alien.

The show has aired for four seasons, with the latest ending in July. The fifth and final season is rumoured to air in 2024 after filming takes place next year. That’s quite a long time away, especially for die-hard fans, so the show’s writers have decided to share “crazy shit that almost happened” stories from the show. 

The writers have only shared one story so far, but it’s one that will have fans rethinking what might have happened if this event went ahead. They shared: “In season 2, a possessed Will was going to kill Bob.”

Bob, played by Sean Astin, starred in season 2 as Joyce’s (Will’s mother) boyfriend. The two were in love, yet their time together was cut short when everyone got trapped in Hawkins National Laboratory, where Will, who had been experiencing memory loss and seizures, was being treated. Bob used his computer skills to turn off the security system, allowing Joyce and co to escape. 

Sadly, Bob didn’t make it out alive. Instead, he was mauled to death by a juvenile Demogorgon. Events would’ve taken a much darker turn if a possessed Will had killed the man that he saw as a father figure. 

When the others realised that Will was being controlled by the Mind Flayer, they sedated him before setting out to destroy the entity. They had to close the gate to the Upside Down, where the Mind Flayer originated, without killing Will in the process. Not partial to warmth, the monster struggled as Nancy, Jonathan, and Joyce turned up the heating before prodding Will with a hot poker that sent the Mind Flayer out of his body. 

Stranger Things took home five Emmy Awards at this year’s ceremony, as well as becoming the most-streamed English-language show on Netflix and the second most popular show after Squid Game