*SPOILERS AHEAD FOR STRANGER THINGS SEASON 3*
If there’s one thing Stranger Things knows how to do, it’s giving us stunning character moments from supremely-talented young actors. Case in point, Maya Hawke’s Robin.
One of the best additions to this season of Stranger Things was the character of Robin, Steve “best mom ever” Harrington’s co-worker at the Scoops Ahoy ice cream shop. Towards the end of the season, in a superb heart to heart moment, Robin reveals to Steve that she is gay, having had a crush on a girl Steve actually went out with. Now, thanks to an interview from the Wall Street Journal (via io9), we know that Hawke was in fact behind the decision to have Robin come out to Steve.
It turns out that creators the Duffer Brothers originally intended to have Robin get together with Steve. But, when the actors began to realize that their character interactions were more friendly than romantic, Hawke suggested that they have the character reveal that she is lesbian.
“Throughout filming, we started to feel like she and [Steve] shouldn’t get together, and that she’s gay. Even when I go back and watch earlier episodes, it just seems like the most obvious decision ever”.
All in all, the decision was clearly the right call, as audiences and critics everywhere have praised the decision to make Robin the first gay character in the series. Thanks to Hawke’s performance, the character remains the break-out of the season, and is expected to be back for the show’s fourth (and potentially last) season.
Editor’s note: I say last because the Duffer bros have said that the series could last 4-5 seasons. This is pure speculation, not confirmation.
Given that the series takes place in the 80s, it will be interesting to see how, or if, the series will tackle the hardships that plagued the LGBTQ community during this time.