WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Stranger Things 2. Read at your own risk.
One of the hardest things to do with any sequel is to make sure that any new additions to your already-remarkable ensemble of characters does not feel shoehorned in. Thankfully, Stranger Things 2 made sure that their new cast members helped enhance the story as well as the characters we already met during the first season.
Whether it was Max (Sadie Sink), Billy (Dacre Montgomery) or Bob (Sean Astin), the new additions managed to hold their own alongside the original cast while also enriching the entire narrative.
Sadly, one of the new characters had their adventure cut tragically short.
During “Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer”, poor Bob was devoured by a few Demogorgons while he attempted to escape the facility with Joyce (Winona Ryder), Hopper (David Harbour), Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Will (Noah Schnapp). It was right then and there that an innocent life was lost due to the frightening occurrences in Hawkins, Indiana in the Fall of 1984.
Matt Duffer, co-creator of the series revealed that Bob was always meant to die, but was originally to die earlier in the new season:
“Bob was always intended to die, but we fell in love with Sean and what he was doing with this character. He was supposed to die in like episode 4 and we just kept keeping him alive because he was so great and what he added to the show. Once we got to 8, we were like, we either got to do this or not do this. But I think it was important in terms of the stakes of the show. This is not a kids show and there are consequences and people do die. But we are sad to lose him because he really just blew us away.”
It is hard not to love Astin’s role in Stranger Things 2. Him playing the dorky, yet sweet new boyfriend of Joyce served as one of the all-important elements that helped ground the series amidst the chaos in Hawkins, Indiana.
So for all of that, Bon Voyage, Bob. Thanks for the memories, and be sure to say hi to Barb for us.
Stranger Things 2 stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, and Noah Schnapp. In addition to Astin, the series has also added Paul Reiser (Aliens), Brett Gelman (Jobs), Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers), Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen, and Broadway star Sadie Sink into the mix as well. Here’s the official synopsis:
It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.
Stranger Things 2 is now available on Netflix.
‘Stranger Things’: Top 11 Moments Of Season 1
Netflix’s smash hit Stranger Things became an instant pop culture phenomenon after its debut last July. The Netflix Original not only pays homage to ’80s pop culture, Stranger Things actually lives up to its predecessors and deserves a place next to them on the shelf. Chances are you, or someone you know is completely obsessed with the show.
Now that we’ve seen the teaser, the wait is going to be even more arduous. To help fill the void as we begin the long wait for Stranger Things season 2, I’ve put together a list of the top 11 moments from the show.
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