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‘She isn’t there just to be a hot MILF’: Stranger Things Fans Unhappy With Duffer Brothers For Not Using Cara Buono, Say She Deserves Much More Respect

Stranger Things Fans Unhappy With Duffer Brothers For Not Using Cara Buono Say She Deserves Much More Respect

Cara Buono has had an impressive filmography with Mad Men and The Sopranos under her belt. Now, the actress known for Stranger Things has been there with us since the series’ first season — working behind the curtains, providing maternal advice, adding emotion to the plot, and always being there for her children, even when they supposedly push her away.

Cara Buono
Cara Buono

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The character of Mrs. Wheeler has attracted numerous emotional responses from the audience, ranging from a supportive mother to an unhappy wife to a woman in suburbia looking for a getaway from her humdrum existence. However, by the fourth season, she had accepted and molded herself in her assigned societal role but fans are not too happy about it.

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Cara Buono’s Transformation in Stranger Things Season 1-4

Most viewers fail to realize throughout this process of Stranger Things that one of the characters who also grew and endured along with the original quintet was the character of Cara Buono. The actor played the role of Nancy and Mike Wheeler’s mother and she began as a woman who was busy attending to her infant girl, shunned by her teenage daughter, and too caught up with the first two to see what was happening with her middle child.

Cara Buono as Mrs. Wheeler in Season 3
Cara Buono as Mrs. Wheeler in Season 3

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But with the seasons, she grew as a character — starting with standing up to the government to save her son and telling Nancy that it’s okay to pursue her dreams even when the world tries to put her down. She looked for inspiration and release from the monotony herself, which she finally found the courage to do for a handful of moments in Season 3, but that too was refuted when she chose family over anything else.

The Parents of the Stranger Things Family

The saga of Eleven and the boys also drew in Nancy, Jonathan, Steve, Robin, and Max. The story about the latter quintet was just as much inclusive to the development of the plot as it was to the resolution of it. But with the threat getting bigger and more dangerous and worse, more people involved or familiar with the monsters from Upside Down began getting pulled in as the others moved away to the side.

Cara Buono at Stranger Things 4 premiere
Cara Buono arrives at the Stranger Things 4 premiere

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Similarly, the group of the parents in Hawkins received much less attention throughout Season 4 (which was the biggest of them all) and the fans are disappointed at the lack of Cara Buono’s appearance as she was involved in the initial 3 seasons. The fandom has also jumped to her aid when some reduced her to a monochromatic role of a designated hot MILF rather than the important role that she brings to the series and the plot.

People have jumped to her defense by saying Cara Buono deserves more respect, while at the same time, it’s also essential to note that the character of Mrs. Wheeler was intricately involved throughout the story’s developmental phase. In Season 4, there remained hardly any role for Buono to play as the story developing halfway around the country took away the screentime that would otherwise have been allotted to the talented actress.

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Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.