Stranger Things season three introduced a number of new characters in its third season in the battle to defeat the Mind Flayer. One of the nicer surprises was the introduction of Robin Buckley (played by Maya Hawke), who played Steve Harrington’s (Joe Keery) Scoops Ahoy co-worker. Many viewers thought that a romance was blossoming between the characters in series three, but the actor has revealed in a new interview why she rallied against this.
Robin was one of the stand-out introductions in season three of Stranger Things.
Steve’s colleague at the Scoops Ahoy ice cream shop, she proved be be invaluable in helping to uncover the Russian operation going on underneath the Starcourt Mall.
The pair developed an unlikely friendship during the series, which some fans had initially thought was heading in a romantic direction.
However, when Steve declares his affection for her at the end of the season, Robin revealed that she is gay.
In a new interview with The Wall Street Journal, Robin actor Maya Hawke revealed that the creators had planned to end their story romantically.
According to Hawke, writers and creators the Duffer brothers had originally mapped out the scene were Steve reveals his feelings for Robin to end differently.
Fans of the series will remember that this was hinted at throughout, with Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) repeatedly telling Steve that Robin was the perfect girl for him.
Hawke explained in the interview that around halfway through production on the series, her and her co-star Keery pushed back on the romantic storyline.
She said: “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.”
She explained that the show runners Matt and Ross Duffer were really receptive to her ideas, and they worked together to work out a new ending.
Hawke added: “The Duffer brothers and I, and [producer] Shawn Levy, had a lot of conversations throughout shooting and it wasn’t really until we were shooting episode four and five, I think, that we made the final decision.
“It was a collaborative conversation, and I’m really, really happy with the way that it went.”
The actor also went on to talk about how happy she was with how people responded to Robin and her storyline in the series.
This was especially because she was the first openly LGBTQ+ character in the Stranger Things series.
She said that she hoped that her story can help people “fall in love with girls who love girls and boys who love boys”.
Many fans are hopeful that Robin will be back for a potential series four of the series.
This is something that Hawke herself is also anxious for, telling publication Consequence of Sound last month: “I wanna see her at the video store.
“So many of the great minds of the ‘80s and ‘80s filmmakers and creatives started out working in video stores, and as far as I know, that environment hasn’t really been explored on TV. I think that would be really fun.”
Stranger Things season 3 is currently available to stream on Netflix.
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