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Watch Stranger Things' Bob and Mews the cat support each other through the show's darkest moments

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May 24, 2018

Stranger Things, Netflix's hit supernatural series, is mostly a show built on fun, steeped in 1980s nostalgia, spooky without being too scary, and full of bike-pedaling adventure for a group of kids in a small Midwest town. As fans know all too well, though, the show is not without its dark moments, from shattered families to tested friendships to inevitable character deaths. Those moments are hard for the fans, to be sure, but they're even harder for the characters who live (or die) through them, so sometimes those characters need to go back and face their fears all over again.

SPOILERS for Stranger Things ahead.

If the great loss of Season 1 was the death of instant fan-favorite Barb (Shannon Purser), Season 2's great loss was Bob (Sean Astin), the well-intentioned boyfriend of Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) who enters the series as a somewhat annoying (to the kids, anyway) father figure and leaves it as a hero, having saved numerous lives while sacrificing his own. Another great loss: Mews, Dustin's (Gaten Matarazzo) family cat whose only crime was being forced to live in the same house as a growing Demodog. Mews and Bob both ended up meals for the Demogorgons, which was hard to watch but even harder to experience. Now, they're both trying to move on.

Netflix released a new digital extra for Stranger Things on YouTube Thursday, featuring Astin (sorta kinda reprising his Bob role and sorta kinda playing himself) and Mews as they attempt to rewatch the series — including their death scenes — together. It's not easy for either of them, but the bonds of friendship (and cat cuddles) are enough to get them through it. Because if Stranger Things is about anything, it's about the power of friendship.

Check out the video, and remember: "Bob Newby, Superhero."