As the Duffer Brothers approach the final season of Netflix’s most prized asset, Stranger Things, fans of the horror mystery are as wary of Season 5’s storyline as a few parents in Hawkins were when they found out their children are searching for mysterious answers after witnessing supernatural forces in the 1980s.
The showrunners have teased that Stranger Things Season 5 will be going back to its roots. If that happens, fans might have to reluctantly sit through another season of on-screen romance between Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard.
Why Fans Are Annoyed by Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard’s On-Screen Romance
Season 1 of Stranger Things starts with the disappearance of Will in Indiana in 1983. During his search, not only does a group of young friends explore supernatural forces and secret government exploits, but they also come across a strange little girl, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown).
This encounter kick-starts the chemistry between Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Eleven, as he is the one who hears Eleven rustling in the woods and despite opposition from Lucas, convinces the group to take her with them.
This caring relationship soon transforms into adoration and remains a key theme of many episodes in Season 1. The finale sees Mike kiss Eleven. Season 2 and Season 3 are no different, much to many fans’ frustration.
One Reddit thread even noted that their chemistry is getting less and less interesting with each season and many shared the opinion.
One user even replied, “Honestly I’ve never liked Mike. He complains and he’s too sensitive.”
Another noted: “Season 1 was okay. It was tolerable, but the since the dating and such it’s gotten a little on the nose. I think it’s portraying young relationships well (insecurities, drama, hyper-focused on the other person), but not great character writing. I don’t know. I’d rather see Mike grow into his own. I feel as though the character is being pigeon holed because of the big cast.”
Interestingly, Season 4 did unearth some issues between Mike and Eleven, suggesting the pair might separate moving forward.
Season 5 of Stranger Things Is Likely to Focus on Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard’s On-Screen Romance
Having said that, Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer’s plans concerning Season 5 suggest their relationship will once again be one of the pillars of the storyline. If anything, it might intensify compared to Season 1, which set the foundation of their chemistry.
Speaking to the Guardian, the Duffer brothers said Season 5 will be like Season 1 on steroids, teasing a lot of themes and narrative style might repeat on a larger scale.
“This season – it’s like season one on steroids,” Matt said. “It’s the biggest it’s ever been in terms of scale, but it has been really fun, because everyone’s back together in Hawkins: the boys and Eleven interacting more in line with how it was in season one. And, yes, there may be spin-offs, but the story of Eleven and Dustin and Lucas and Hopper, their stories are done here. That’s it…”
Despite complaints over a few sub-plots of Stranger Things, the show remains very popular and registered a whopping 7.2 billion minutes streamed between May 30th and June 5th for Season 4, as per Nielsen (via Variety).
As such, it’s best to trust Ross and Matt’s judgment. In the same interview, the latter went on to add that they aren’t consulting social media to scan different ideas because it’s very easy to fail if they attempt to appease everybody.