10 Duos Stranger Things Has Yet To Explore (& Season 5 Can)

10 Duos Stranger Things Has Yet To Explore (& Season 5 Can)


  • With the Upside Down taking up Hawkins in season 5, Stranger Issues has the chance to discover new dynamics and pairings amongst its characters.
  • Season 4 noticed the breaking down of age-based storylines, permitting for brand new connections and bonds to kind between characters.
  • The present ought to contemplate exploring distinctive relationships, comparable to Robin and Dustin or Jonathan and Steve, to raise and develop these characters additional.



Stranger Issues has thrived on dynamic duos, like Steve and Dustin or Max and Eleven, however there are nonetheless many extra left to discover in season 5. With all of the characters collectively once more because the Upside Down takes over Hawkins utterly, the present has the chance to discover new dynamics. Although many characters have a tendency to remain linked, comparable to Mike and Eleven or Hopper and Joyce, the sudden pairings are ones that the viewers remembers for a very long time.

Stranger Issues has typically divided issues up by age vary, with separate storylines devoted to youngsters, youngsters, and adults. Nevertheless, these neat classes have been crumbling since season 4. Steve has graduated from highschool, Nancy and Jonathan are making ready for school, and Eleven and the gang have outgrown their child faces and high-pitched voices. Whereas there are nonetheless many unresolved Stranger Issues romances season 5 wants to verify or break up, there are a lot of familial and platonic connections that may kind to create new dynamic duos.

10 Robin and Dustin

Regardless of each being in Hawkins for Stranger Issues season 4, Robin and Dustin didn’t have many conversations collectively. Out of all of the teenage characters, Dustin shaped a a lot nearer bond with Eddie, along with his friendship with Steve. Dustin and Robin may have lots to speak about, although, from how Steve has impacted their lives to doubtlessly shared eclectic film style (Robin has undoubtedly seen The NeverEnding Story). Each these characters, whereas they do often have story moments, typically fall right into a comedic, supporting function. A bond between them might be a technique to elevate them each.

9 Joyce and Steve

Joyce holding an ax and looking determined in Stranger Things

Joyce has typically been on her personal little island throughout her storylines, interacting primarily along with her sons, Hopper, and later Murray. Now that she’s again in Hawkins with everybody, there might be alternatives for brand new dynamics. She and Steve, for instance, have at all times been very peculiar people who find themselves caught within the extraordinary circumstances of the Upside Down. They’ve each had roles as caretakers and protectors, so Steve and Joyce might discover a stunning kindred spirit in one another. Many individuals acknowledge the function Steve has grown into as a hero, however the writers ought to draw a line between him and Joyce because the present’s most underrated hero in Stranger Issues season 5.

8 Lucas and Eleven

Lucas in Stranger Things Season 4 and Eleven in Stranger Things season 3

Lucas and Eleven are members of the unique crew from season 1, the principle characters that the viewers has rooted for the longest. But it appears like these two particularly have had the least quantity of conversations collectively, with no actual friendship between them. There are lots of methods season 5 may deliver them collectively, like mutual fear about Max, who’s necessary to each of them. It’d be touching to see Eleven and Lucas be there for one another, realizing Max wants individuals to lean on whereas recovering from her brush with dying. Eleven may also relate to Lucas’s need for however final issue with “becoming in,” contemplating her struggles to take action in California.

7 Jonathan and Steve

Jonathan, Nancy, and Steve looking scared in Stranger Things

In season 1, the present positioned Jonathan and Steve as romantic rivals for Nancy. Three seasons later, whereas Nancy and Jonathan have been separated and Steve appeared to rekindle his previous emotions for Nancy, it appears like they haven’t grown past that dynamic. In season 5 greater than ever, it could be a aid to see Stranger Issues season 5 drop Nancy’s problematic love triangle and present some maturity from Jonathan and Steve. The Duffer Brothers may show refreshingly nuanced storytelling if Jonathan and Steve kind a nice friendship.

6 Robin and Max

Split image of Robin and Max from Stranger Things

It’s somewhat stunning Robin and Max haven’t had a whole lot of conversations collectively – it could be due to how the present tends to divide up the solid by age, in addition to Robin’s more moderen introduction in season 3. Nevertheless, these two may make for a enjoyable duo. They’ve a number of issues in frequent, from a shared love of music (Robin is within the marching band) to their expertise as ladies whose closest buddies are boys. Moreover, the present has at all times positioned Robin as a personality that enjoys making sarcastic feedback and jokes. Contemplating that Max’s dying in Stranger Issues season 5 could be an enormous mistake, laughter is probably going the very best medication for her after her complete season 4 ordeal.

5 Jonathan and Eleven

Argyle Jonathan Eleven Will Mike Stranger Things season 4

Regardless of Joyce adopting her after Hopper’s presumed dying, Jonathan and Eleven didn’t have a lot one-on-one time in season 4, or earlier than that. One among Jonathan’s most necessary character traits has at all times been how he is a good large brother to Will. Seeing him step into a giant brother function for Eleven might be fascinating, since Will and Eleven have been already forming a extra sibling-like bond. Season 4 didn’t deliver it up a lot, however Jonathan is a photographer, and it’s straightforward to think about Eleven being concerned with cameras the best way she confirmed surprise for different issues she hadn’t skilled earlier than, like Eggos.

4 Hopper and Steve

David Harbour as Hopper in Stranger Things

The Duffer Brothers typically put Hopper and Steve in comparable conditions – large motion sequences that decision again to 80s motion motion pictures, like so many issues within the present. The concept of this duo is sort of a superhero crossover, the place it sounds cool to see them combat side-by-side. Hopper has typically been the kind of character to guard the individuals he cares about, which Steve does as effectively, however he’s expressed frustration with having to remain behind to look at over issues. With Hopper round, Steve could possibly share that burden with one other character – notably with an grownup extra skilled on the planet than him.

3 Nancy and Mike

Split image of Nancy outside and Mike on the phone on Stranger Things

Audiences have seen Nancy and Mike’s dynamic earlier than, having many fights over the breakfast or dinner desk within the Wheeler home. Nevertheless, between the dire circumstances and Stranger Issues season 5 time leap, this sibling relationship has a whole lot of potential to remodel. Nancy and Mike can each see how the opposite has matured, and the way they must work collectively to assist their buddies who’re on the middle of issues taking place within the Upside Down. It could be enjoyable to see Nancy and Mike work collectively for an opportunity as a substitute of bickering, since they’re each fairly sensible characters in their very own proper.

2 Max and Will

The Party in Stranger Things

After the occasions of seasons 2 and 4, Will and Max have each been modified by the Upside Down. There are lots of methods the 2 of them may come collectively as a duo via that shared expertise. Some followers have even theorized that Will may save Max in Stranger Issues season 5. Past that, it could be wholesome for Will to have somebody who can deeply relate to his experiences within the Upside Down, from being trapped there in season 1 to being possessed by the Thoughts Flayer in season 2. For Max, Will resides proof that there’s hope to maneuver on past the traumas of the Upside Down.

1 Nancy and Eleven

Nancy Wheeler smiling on Stranger Things

Nancy is one other member of the core solid of characters from season 1 that Eleven has by no means actually shaped a bond with. Nevertheless, their dynamic might be a improbable mirror to the Steve and Dustin dynamic, the place one of many older teenage characters takes one of many youthful characters underneath their wing. Nancy might be a level-headed older sister determine for Eleven, which is a job mannequin she hasn’t had. It could even be good to see Nancy work together extra with characters who aren’t her romantic curiosity, particularly since Nancy has proved herself to be extremely able to navigating the Upside Down’s risks since Stranger Issues season 1.

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