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Well, it's confirmed: The Stranger Things kids are growing up. Whether we like it or not.

Relationships undoubtedly play a major role in season three of the iconic 80s Netflix show, revolving around fighting alien-type monsters from The Upside Down and suspicious Russian military scientists.

Millie Bobby Brown has since had to defend her character's romance with Mike Wheeler on-screen, played by Finn Wolfhard. Young teenager Eleven is experiencing her first love, and some ain't happy.

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Many fans have insisted that the pairing are better when they remain just friends, rather than boyfriend and girlfriend, but the 15-year-old actress strong disagrees.

Telling Digital Spy that she "always saw them in love", she expresses her view that the show is displaying the reality of teenage romance.

"It's so much fun, you know, it's really exciting. Eleven is full of love and she's so excited for her new relationship with Mike. I think it's just relatable and you can totally see it happening in real life."

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Mentioning her co-star Finn Wolfhard, she emphasised how "easy" it was to shoot emotionally intimate scenes with her fellow teenaged actor.

"We were in a safe environment where we felt comfortable with each other," she explained. "It was really fun."

Millie is a big fan of Eleven and Mike falling in love, but Noah Schnapp's character Will Byers doesn't feel the same way. The rest of his gang all have girlfriends too; Dustin and Lucas are dating Suzie and Max.

Our hearts simultaneously broke when Mike pretty much outs Will in an earlier episode of the third season, after the poor lad just wants to play Dungeons and Dragons but his friends keep abandoning him.

"We're not kids anymore," Mike yells at Will, after he storms out of his home. 

"I mean, what did you think, really? That we were never going to get girlfriends? That we’re just going to sit in my basement playing games for the rest of our lives? It's not our fault you don't like girls."

We DIED after that final blow was delivered. The youngster has been through the wars since season one, and desperately needs his friends around him.

Stranger Things 3 is now streaming on Netflix, so binge to your heart's content. 

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We're all eagerly anticipating the arrival of Stranger Things season three to Netflix this Thursday, and Deliveroo are helping us celebrate July 4 in a very special way.

The food delivery app and Brother Hubbard have collaborated to create Eggo Waffles in a tribute to everyone's favourite 80s sci-fi show.

The delicious treat will be available exclusively on the platform on July 4, in perfect timing to binge the show.

Stranger Things have inspired the Dublin favourite's new menu, with the gastro geniuses at Brother Hubbard creating both savoury and sweet variations of Eleven's iconic food staple.

Customers can decide between a peanut & jelly waffle sandwich, an shout out to all the times the characters are served up PB & Jelly sandwiches on the show, or get savoury with a dark waffle topped with buttermilk fried chicken, Thousand Island Sauce and Chipotle ‘Slaw.

The incredible creations are priced at €11 each (good one), they'll be around just in time for your Upside Down session in front of the TV screen.

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The adolescent-led series has started a waffle phenomenon outside of the show, with Eggos rising in popularity once again as a result of Eleven. Good thing Brother Hubbard caught on to the trend fast…

Garrett Fitzgerald, Owner of Brother Hubbard said:

"Some of our customers love the series and a couple of us in the restaurant do too. When Deliveroo got in touch and asked us to create exclusive treats for the series' return, we couldn't wait.

"They certainly are an homage to the series and the nostalgia of it, but the waffles are also made with Brother Hubbard’s quirky flair and flavour that our customers know and love", he added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Joe Groves of Deliveroo said, “We’ve been known to place some stranger things on the menu from time to time, hello Creme Egg Quesadilla! So there’s no better time to do so than with the return of this series. 

The Stranger Things-inspired waffles will be available on the Deliveroo app or website from the night of July 4 for one week only (excluding Sunday and Monday). 

What better way to celebrate the return of one of the world's most beloved shows? Get in the 80s mood, grab a Rubix cube and some binoculars and get ready for some strange treats.

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Otis Milburn has an announcement, and you DEFINITELY want to hear it.

The critically-acclaimed and fan favourite Netflix series Sex Education has won the heart of every single viewer, for it's hilarious script, lovable (complex) characters and important themes.

The iconic show touches on everything from sex, consent, homosexuality, prejudice, mental health, gender identity, abortion rights and racism. Somehow, they also made it funny, with beautiful acting. HOW?

That's right lads, Sex Education is coming BACK for a second season, after leaving us on a major cliffhanger at the end of season one.

The students at Moordale High School garnered a massive social media following (those quotable memes?), and it's estimated that over 40 million households watched the title within one month.

The fan demand for season two was predictably high, and Netflix has confirmed that the series has been renewed for another eight episodes of the heartfelt, funny and honest show. We STAN.

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Season two is slated to start production this spring in England, with Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, Aimee-Lou Wood, Connor Swindells, Kedar Williams-Stirling, Tanya Reynolds, Patricia Allison and Alistair Petrie all reprising their unreal roles.

Fans are pretty darn excited, as we guessed. Twitter has had a slight meltdown as the thought of more open conversations about sex, which is SO needed in today's society.

Creator of the show Laurie Nunn will return alongside executive producer Jamie Campbell. The first season achieved popular acclaim for it's poignant treatment of relationships and identity, we're OBSESSED with Otis' sex therapist mum.

Gillian Anderson is a certified boss.

We love the intersectional appeal of the show. I mean, a jock reading Virginia Woolf, and liking it? That's some revolutionary sh*t right there.

Multidimensional characters in a teen show can be hard to come by, but this cast has delivered it with heart.

Series creator Laurie Nunn said,

“The reception to series one has been so exciting. Seeing how people across the world have connected to characters that began as ideas in my head is incredible. I’m hugely grateful to every person that has taken the time to watch the series, and I can’t wait to continue this amazing journey.”

Thank you, Laurie, for giving us Emma Mackey's character: the badass Maeve Wiley. We need her so badly in our lives.

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We can't wait to see what's in store for season two.

SPOILER ALERT:

At the end of season one, Otis was smooching his new gal Ola, much to Maeve's heartbreak. Will Maeve return to school? And what about Adam and Eric's burgeoning romance? We can't deal.

Bring on 2019, God exists and she has delivered us this gift.

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It's nearly impossible to imagine one of the best shows of the last few years killing off two of its beloved main characters, but the Duffer Brothers are no ordinary show-runners.

They have recently revealed that during their initial planning process, they decided that Steve and Eleven would be killed off during season one. 

NOT BABYSITTER STEVE. Please, we beg. Or Eleven, she's our new badass feminist hero, if only we were that cool at 14.

The hit Netflix series just wouldn't be the same without it's leading protagonist Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and the lovable babysitter Steve Harrington (Joe Keery).

Over the course of two (soon to be three!) seasons, these characters have become both deeply integral to the show while also becoming massive fan favourites – which begs the question, why would they have ever been killed off in the first place?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In a brand new behind-the-scenes companion book Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down, Matt and Ross Duffer have let slip that both Eleven and Steve weren't originally meant to survive, because Eleven was allegedly going to sacrifice herself to save the others.

"Eleven was going to sacrifice herself to save the day. That was always the end game." The proposed deaths would have been a huge transformation to the storylines of the show's future.

It soon became crystal clear to the Duffers that Stranger Things would return for season two, which changed everything.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"We needed to leave it more up in the air, because deep down we knew the show just wouldn’t really work without Eleven. And at that point, we knew how special Millie Bobby Brown was. If there was going to be more Stranger Things, Eleven had to come back."

Millie Bobby Brown has emerged from the show as one of the most prominent talents of generation, and has showed maturity far beyond her age. She even shaved her head for her audition for the role of Eleven to show her commitment to the role. A true Kween.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Steve Harrington was kept alive by the Duffer brothers mostly because the fans absolutely adored him; his character arc from Nancy's obnoxious boyfriend to lovable and selfless babysitter to the pack of alien-fighting kids gripped the audience. 

It was thanks to actor Joe Keery's portrayal of local Hawkins heartthrob that also contributed to the script change: "This Steve character, he was just supposed to be this giant douchebag," Ross revealed.

The Duffers also revealed that Bob Newby (Sean Astin) was always intended to die, but he originally was planned be killed off a lot earlier in the series. “Sean Astin proved so likeable that Bob’s death got pushed from episode four to episode eight because we kept wanting to keep him alive,” he explained.

“It was important to us and also to Sean to give him a bit of a hero’s death. We wanted him to accomplish something meaningful."

Judging by the trailer for season three, Eleven and Steve will be more essential to the show than ever before. 

The creators have claimed that the newest season is based centrally in Hawkins mall, and takes it's primary inspiration from The Thing: 

"While it's our most fun season, it also turns out to be our grossest season," Ross Duffer teases. "We're inspired by John Carpenter's The Thing. We're inspired by Cronenberg.

"We have a little bit of a George Romero vibe in there as well. There are horror movies and horror masters that we haven't really paid tribute to as much in previous seasons that we are definitely going to get into this season."

Season three of the fan favourite show is premiering in summer 2019 on Netflix. We're counting down the days, people.

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There's been quite a few TV shows over the past few months that have totally blown us away.

One of those TV shows was Stranger Things.

And one of the main reasons the series was so successful was because of this superstar; Millie Bobby Brown.

The 13-year-old played the role of Eleven in the sci-fi drama, and richly deserved the award she took home from the MTV Movie and TV Awards last night.

While accepting her Best Actor in a Show gong, Millie made quite an emotional speech.

"First of all I want to thank everyone that voted and especially MTV…I want to think the cast and crew for being my second family. I love you."

Millie then began to get teary-eyed as she thanked the special people in her life.

"I want to thank my family…you give me light every day. My mom and dad for being so supportive."

She also went onto support the creators of the show, Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer, saying: "They've created a bad-ass, female character that I've got the honour to play. Thank you guys so much. I love you"

Stranger Things season two debuts on October 31 on Netflix, and we can't wait to find out the fate of Eleven.

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She jumped to fame as part of Netflix’s quirky sci-fi drama Stranger Things, but it seems Millie Bobby Brown will not be defined by her character, Eleven.

Having previously rapped Nicki Minaj lyrics and effectively covered Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, the 12-year-old actress has appeared in her first music video.

Teaming up with Birdy and Sigma for their new track Find Me, the young Brit gives an emotive lip-syncing performance while starring as the video’s only featured character.

Millie told Rolling Stone that she was “excited” to be included in the project because she is a long time Birdy fan.

Check it out below: 

 

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She may be an incredible actress who can actually make Eggos look appealing, but it turns out Millie Bobby Brown of Stranger Things fame can also really sing.

In footage which has been uploaded to YouTube, the hero of the latest Netflix smash hit show channels her inner Ed and Amy, and the public are seriously impressed.

Before performing Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran – who is currently being sued on the grounds that the song bears a striking similarity to a Marvin Gaye track – the young actress appears a tiny bit nervous, but then comes into her own in footage which has been viewed almost 100,000 times.
 

More recently, the 12-year-old actress gave it her all to Amy Winehouse's You Know I'm No Good, and while YouTubers cannot get enough, many couldn't help but turn attention towards Millie's role as Eleven in the sci-fi show.

Praising Millie's performance on Stranger Things, fans of the actress insist her star is only set to rise, with one writing: "They are going to put you on the big screen. just wait and see."

We're with them on that one.

 

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