Between Dustin and Steve's bromance, the addition of Mad Max, and Mike and Eleven's reunion, Stranger Things season two was filled to the brim with emotional goodness.
But – if you can believe it – this second chapter almost didn't happen at all. As the Duffer brothers have revealed, they had originally planned pretty tragic conclusion for last year's season finale with a particularly sinister end in mind for one of the show's main characters.
Speaking to CinemaBlend, Ross Duffer said:
"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."
But faced with the potential of the show, Netflix pointblank refused to let the show end at one season – and we're seriously glad it did.
Explaining that it was difficult to make money off limited series, the platform asked how the screenwriting duo could prolong the series. As Ross continues:
"We pitched this they were like 'well, we like this but how could it keep going?' And you're just sort of riffing in the moment and we were like 'well Will's back from this other dimension and he's not doing very well.' And they were like 'great!"
In hindsight, it's hard to imagine Stranger Things without its second chapter with so many questions left unanswered at the end of the first round of episodes.
Luckily for us, Netflix decided to push the universe to its full potential, delving further into Eleven's background and introducing us to more terrifying creatures of the Upside Down.
We have to say, though, that this latest revelation has made us a little concerned that the brothers haven't quite ruled out the idea of sacrificing Eleven in the future...
Stranger Things seasons one and two are available right now on Netflix.