The third season of Stranger Things wouldn’t have been as strong without Steve and Robin’s friendship. The employees of Scoops Ahoy brought a warmth and charm to the sci-fi/thriller series.
The duo won left us teary eyed when they had their heart-to-heart on the floor of the Starcourt Mall bathrooms.
We all thought Robin was about to confess her feelings for Steve, but instead she told him she was a lesbian and the conversation was too pure for our hearts to handle. The scene was simple yet momentous as Robin became the first LGBTQ+ character on the popular Netflix show. The scene was striking and moving for many viewers, but it almost didn’t happen.
In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Maya Hawke, who plays Robin, said the story between her character and Steve was completely different at the start.
The Duffer Brothers wanted Robin to be Steve’s love interest at the beginning but as they started to film the third instalment, their friendship outshone the romantic storyline.
The actors realised that their bond as friends was always going to be far more impressive than a love story.
Maya explained that they approached the show runners about changing up the storyline, “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,” the actress shared.
She later told Variety, “Sometimes we can have empathy for people on screen that we wouldn’t normally have empathy for in real life. If I can hope for anything it’s that maybe some people fell in love with Robin and that helped them fall in love with girls who love girls and boys who love boys.”
You can re-watch the touching scene (and swoon over Steve and THAT hair) below:
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.
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."
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."
will’s reaction to mike saying it’s not his fault he doesn’t like girls….somebody talk to mike wheeler or i am going to have to hurt a 14 year olds feelings! pic.twitter.com/7FDyHJPWXa
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.
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.
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 Deliverooapp 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.
Stranger Things returns to Netflix on Thursday, July 4 and we are so ready to be reunited with the iconic Steve Harrington.
Steve swiftly became a fan favourite after the second season of the horror series. His adorable bond with Dustin and his new role as the gang’s babysitter won fans over, but will we be bidding farewell to Steve and his divine 80s hair this season?
In a new interview, Joe Keery, who plays Steve, may have revealed his character’s fate and we’re slightly worried.
Joe and his co-star Maya Hawke are discussing the upcoming season when he reveals the spoiler.
Dare we say the words; Next month's Netflix round-up is without a doubt the best we've ever seen. We have to preach the gospel of truth, and Lord knows July is KILLIN' IT.
From exciting additions like Stranger Things season three and iconic comedy Bridesmaids to the Fab Five working their magic in Queer Eye season four, we're gagging to steam it all.
Did we mention that Derry Girls is finally coming to the streaming platform, after months of begging? Not to mention the last ever season of Orange Is The New Black?
We can't cope, somebody take our pulse.
Netflix is hooking up great quality original series to our veins, not to mention great comedy specials and films.
We've made a comprehensive list of the best new features hitting our screens, so it doesn't overwhelm you like it did when we read the PR statement. We had to take a minute.
Other new additions include Cloverfield and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, as well as…Paul Blart: Mall Cop? Give the people what they want, we guess.
NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES
Out July 1
A complicated, one-sided secret attraction sends ripples through the lives of a mild-mannered student and her dashing classmate.
The Last Czars
Out July 3
Social upheaval is sweeping early 1900s Russia, but Czar Nicholas II resists all change. An unforgettable and life-altering revolution sparks and ending a dynasty.
Stranger Things 3
Out July 4
From rabid rats and Soviet espionage to New Coke and a brand-new mall, it's the summer of 1985 in Hawkins… and big changes are afoot. We're loving the vibes, and tween romance plot-lines.
You Me Her: Season 4
Out July 12
After tying the knot in a commitment ceremony, Emma, Jack and Izzy negotiate suburban life on the road towards parenthood.
Bonus Family: Season 3
Out July 12
As Martin adjusts to life with a new partner and a baby, Lisa and Patrik grapple with difficult news, and Katja reconnects with an old flame.
Out July 12
An engaged twosome take their love on the road and test their commitment as they explore eight cultures' marriage traditions in the span of one year.
Out July 19
Typewriter is about a haunted house and a haunted book that stir the imagination of a group of young, wannabe ghost hunters, and a dog, determined to capture the ghost that plagues the notorious home in their neighbourhood in Goa.
When a new family and their captivating daughter move into the haunted home, the crew finds it difficult to balance the demands of school and chores with the renewed urgency to capture the neighbourhood ghost before it is too late.
Queer Eye: Season 4
Out July 19
The Fab Five are back in Kansas City, Missouri. Join Antoni, Bobby, Jonathan, Karamo and Tan for a new group of inspirational heroes, jaw-dropping makeovers and tons of happy tears.
Honestly, what is our life without these fab five boys? Nothing, that's what.
Kate, Frankie, Anne and, now, Ian grow up alongside their kids as they juggle toddlers, ageing, work-life balance and tough relationship issues.
Out July 25
Another Life centres on astronaut Niko Breckinridge (Katee Sackhoff) who is focused on searching for alien intelligence.
She leads a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artefact. As Niko and her young crew investigate, they face unimaginable danger on what might very well be a one-way mission. (MC)
Orange Is the New Black: Season 7
Out July 26
A privileged New Yorker ends up in a women's prison when a past crime catches up with her in this Emmy-winning series from the creator of Weeds. It's the final ever season, so it's bound to be emotional.
Sugar Rush: Season 2
Out July 26
Time's the most important ingredient as teams race against the clock — and each other — to bake up the best-tasting sweets.
Everyone's favourite Northers are finally going to hit up Netflix in Ireland on July 9.
The critically acclaimed Channel 4 series set in 1990s Northern Ireland literally have zero excuse not to get all caught up on the hilarious hit show.
The Red Sea Diving Resort
Out July 31
Inspired by remarkable true life rescue missions, The Red Sea Diving Resort is the incredible story of a group of international agents and brave Ethiopians who in the early 80s used a deserted holiday retreat in Sudan as a front to smuggle thousands of refugees to Israel.
The undercover team carrying out this mission is led by the charismatic Ari Kidron (Chris Evans) and courageous local Kabede Bimro (Michael Kenneth Williams).
The prestigious cast also includes Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michiel Huisman, Chris Chalk, Greg Kinnear and Ben Kingsley.
Out July 12
Snatched off the street and held for ransom, a bound and gagged woman uses her limited powers to derail her two masked abductors' carefully laid plans.
Cities of Last Things
Out July 11
In a dystopian tale unfolding in reverse chronology, a man with a complicated past takes revenge on the individuals who wronged him decades ago.
Out July 12
To save his pregnant wife, an emergency room nurse teams up with an injured murder suspect in a race against time, rival criminals and renegade cops.
Out July 12
In this uplifting comedy, life in a retirement community is anything but retiring for a group of young-at-heart senior ladies who decide to pull out the pom-poms and form a cheerleading squad.
It's basically Diane Keaton being an absolute legend, as per usual.
Out July 12.
When Tessa Young heads for college, she largely has her life planned out. But a late-night encounter with a brooding, tattooed British student sparks a sexual awakening and a journey of self-discovery.
Out July 18.
Recuperating from trauma, Jennifer (Brenda Song) remains in danger as she returns to a life she doesn’t remember.
ORIGINAL COMEDY SPECIALS
Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room
Out July 1.
Everyone's favourite single mom is back with her second Netflix original stand-up special Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room, launching globally on July 1.
A follow-up to her 2017 special In Trouble, Katherine toured Glitter Room across the UK with an unprecedented four-week run at London’s Garrick Theatre in the West End.
After dividing The Belasco Theater audience on their love or dislike of the Kardashians,
Katherine showcases her skilful and hilarious storytelling style with tales about following a man to Japan and meeting her daughter's first celebrity crush, Anna Kendrick.
Pleased as punch to FINALLY be able to shout about this!
In this new mockumentary, join Stranger Things actor David Harbour as he uncovers lost footage from his father's televised stage play, Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein.
Expect the unexpected in this over-the-top and often dramatic(ish) reimagined tale of mystery and suspense .
With appearances by Alfred Molina, Kate Berlant, and more special guests, Harbour explores the depths of his family's acting lineage to gain insight into his father's legacy – all in 28-minutes.
Directed by Daniel Gray Longino (Kroll Show and PEN15) and written by John Levenstein (Arrested Development and Kroll Show), Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein launches globally on Netflix on July 16, 2019.
Multi-hyphenate comedian, Whitney Cummings, makes her Netflix debut with her 4th stand-up special, Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It? Filmed at the Sidney Harmon Hall in her hometown, Washington, DC. Cummings’ signature incisive commentary on gender dynamics is more relevant than ever.
Do women need to wear service vests instead of “Rosé All Day” t-shirts? Are their nicknames for each other hurting the cause?
Now that people are actually listening what should women change? How are men holding up with all the “new” rules they have to follow now? Tune in for Whitney’s take on everything including why we should give sex robots a chance.
The special will launch globally on Netflix on July 30, 2019.
Self-promotion has become so desperate and embarrassing that this is what it’s come to promote my new @NetflixIsAJoke special called CAN I TOUCH IT? which I can finally announce streams July 30. pic.twitter.com/wwXTmsIoDU
Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking in the 2014 biopic about the English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author's incredible life.
Out July 1
Kristen Wiig stars and co-writes the legendary comedy that boasts a star-studded female cast and…Chris O'Dowd? Amazing.
Out July 29
The Oscar-winning flick nominated for Best Picture in 2015 follows the Boston Globe's Spotlight team as it investigates the widespread and systemic child abuse in Boston by Catholic priests.
Starring Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Stanley Tucci.
Out July 30.
Veteran Irish actors Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson star in Martin McDonagh's Golden Globe-winning film set in Belgium.
Parchís: El documental
Out July 10, 2019
Get an in-depth look at Parchís, the 1980s kids’ band from Spain, through interviews with ex-members and other insiders, concert footage and more.
Out July 12, 2019
A tribute to the mighty taco: its history, significance in Mexico, global appeal and varieties: pastor, carnitas, canasta, asada, barbacoa and guisados.
Last Chance U: INDY: Part 2
Out July 19, 2019
Netflix’s critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated series Last Chance U returns to give viewers an intense, unfiltered look at the junior college football program at Independence Community College (ICC).
Entering his third season with ICC and second season on Last Chance U, Coach Brown has assembled a team that looks sure to compete for a national championship, but a disastrous season on the field puts a spotlight on all of the ugliness of college football that winning tends to polish over.
With some new and returning faces, this season captures the Pirates fall from grace that leaves the coaches and the town looking for changes.
The Great Hack
Out July 24, 2019
Explore how a data company named Cambridge Analytica came to symbolise the dark side of social media in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.
Whoa, we need a breather after reading that phenomenal list.
Props to the steaming service for these golden nuggets of TV and film, even if they exaggerate their viewership ratings to a hilarious level.
This has been the LONGEST time coming but finally, we're heading back to Hawkins.
Stranger Things 3 have released their final trailer ahead of it's July 4 release and it looks even better than we imagined.
The clip shows the whole gang fighting an even greater evil than the Show Monster – and it looks like Billy might be an actual bad guy for real.
Eleven says, ''I closed the gate'…but she realises what if she locked them IN with the monster?
We just got chills.
It looks like Starcourt Mall is where the big battle will take place and if the massive roar and terrified faces of the characters are anything to go by, it's gonna be scary.
A few things from that I am delighted about are:
Murray Bauman is back and hanging out with Joyce and Hopper.
There's a new team of Steve, Dustin, Erica Sinclair and newcomer Robin (played by Maya Thurman-Hawke.)
Billy has a big storyline – think he goes through similar to what Will did in Season 2.
More Dad Steve and Dustin scenes.
If you want to look for clues in what this season has in store then the episode titles are – “Suzie, Do You Copy?,” “The Mall Rats,” “The Case of the Missing Lifeguard,” “The Sauna Test,” “The Source,” “The Birthday,” “The Bite,” and “The Battle of Starcourt.”
We better stock up on Eggos and get ready for what looks like the best season yet.
Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4, on Netflix.
With the third season of Stranger Things hitting Netflix on July 4, Nike wants to celebrate with a collection dedicated to the cult show.
Inspired by Hawkins High School. it is brimming over wih 80s nostalgia.
Launching on June 27, the collection boasts the Nike x Hawkins High Cortez, Nike x Hawkins High Blazer Mid, Nike x Hawkins High Air Tailwind 79 – and they are all in the Hawkins High's green and orange signature colours and feature the Tiger mascot.
As well as that, there is gym gear, a Hawkins High t-shirt, hoodie with "Phys. Ed" on the front, and a Hawkins High cap.
Just like all of our school clothes…we wish.
The second half of the collection, the "OG Pack," will arrive on July 1 and feature Air Tailwind covered in red, white, and blue to celebrate Independence Day, which is the day season three officially hits Netflix.
Describing the season in three words that are unique to the season, she said, ''Summer. It's a lot different from other seasons, it's a lot brighter, they're outside a lot more. But they also found a way to make summer eerie, which is great.''
The second word was ''Tension. There's a lot of really tense moments.''
The third was, ''Twisty and turny. I was very like *gasps* Calm-sad-angry. I just went through all these emotions reading.''
If this hasn't got us hungry for more titbits of information then nothing else will, right?
'One taught me love, one taught me patience, one taught me pain'
The now iconic lyrics of Ariana Grande's new HELLA SPICY self-love song that has shaken the globe.
The tune features lines about her last four serious ex-boyfriends: Ricky Alvarez, Mac Miller, Big Sean and of course, Pete Davidson.
TBH we all expected her to shrow some (lamp) shade all around, especially seeing as Pete Davidson recently made a far-too-soon joke about their engagement, but Ari took the highest road of all, and said 'Thank you, next' to immaturity.
She's a far bigger person than we are, morally, that's for sure.
We've taken the liberty to dig up the most hilarious 'Thank You, next' memes on the net, and boy have we hit the jackpot of comedy. Buckle up, lads.
1. Shrek is love, Shrek is life. Apparently Ariana Grande fans concur with this statement? Who knew.
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?
In a brand new behind-the-scenes companion bookStranger 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.
"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.
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.