In an interview with Rolling Stones, Maya Hawke admitted she would love for her Stranger Things character to die after making a big, heroic gesture. She said: “I’d love to die and have my hero’s moment. I would like to die with honor like any actor would. But I love the way the Duffer Brothers love their actors. The reason they write so beautifully for me and for everyone else is because they fall in love with their actors and their characters and don’t want to kill them. I think that’s a beautiful quality they have and I wouldn’t wish it away.
In response, the interviewer insisted that she had to survive as it could potentially lead to a spin-off about Robin Buckley. To which Hawke replied, “Normally I wouldn’t really be a proponent of a spin-off, but if I had to do it with Joe Keery, I would do anything. He’s so funny and wonderful and smart and he has big boundaries. He is an excellent colleague and I would do anything with him.”
This aligns pretty well with the public opinion (as noted in articles like this one by Nerdist) that Steve Harrington and Robin Buckley’s friendship is one of the best aspects of the Netflix series. It’s captivating and hilarious, and something about it just works perfectly. It’s refreshing to know that the performers can feel that chemistry, too, and enjoy the art it creates.