Duffer Brothers originally planned major Stranger Things Season 1 death

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:20 AM EDT (Updated)

SPOILER WARNING: Major Stranger Things spoilers below, if you happen to be the one person who hasn't binged both seasons yet.

For the last couple of weeks, most of the internet-at-large has been marathoning Season 2 of Stranger Things (or Stranger Things 2, if you're going off that slightly tweaked title card), picking back up where we left off with Eleven, Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Will, and the rest of the gang. But it might surprise you to know that originally, the show's creators had a different fate planned for one of those characters.

Speaking at a recent Q&A session at Chapman University, the Duffer Brothers admitted to attendees that they'd first pitched the show as a limited series -- and with that in mind, they had come up with a way to end things if it did turn out the show only got picked up for a single season. Ross Duffer expanded on what that would have looked like:

"Maybe I shouldn’t say this because I like to pretend that it was all planned out, but it was originally pitched as a limited series. So it was like, Eleven was gonna sacrifice herself and save the world and then that was gonna be it, because there was a moment where limited series were a big deal."

Duffer went on to say that pitching the show to Netflix later on actually wound up informing the overall plot for Season 2, which centers mostly around Will Byers' return from the Upside Down, and the physical and emotional ramifications that has on both him and the rest of the group. 

As we already know, Stranger Things is currently confirmed to return for a third season -- and the Duffer Brothers have expressed their desire to make a fourth or fifth season later on down the road. Time will tell if any of those later seasons will center around the characters we've already come to know and love, but one thing's for sure: everything we've seen so far is only confirmation that no one is safe -- and it might have to be a major player who gets killed off next season. (R.I.P. Open eyeClose eye Show Spoiler Barb and Bob .)

Stranger Things 2 is currently available to stream via Netflix.

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