We were pretty stunned by the jaw-dropping plot twist involving Steve Harrington that was written out of the original Stranger Things script. But now, the show’s creators have just revealed that they initially planned to kill off Eleven in the hit Netflix series’ first season.

According to Perez Hilton, during a recent Q&A at Chapman University, Ross Duffer, who wrote the story with his brother Matt Duffer, wasn’t necessarily sure he should even share this particular tidbit of info, saying, “Maybe I shouldn’t say this because I like to pretend that it was all planned out…” We’re sure people won’t think any less of his writing, especially when they find out that the show “was originally pitched as a limited series” because it came around at a time when “limited series were a big deal.”

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With no plans in the beginning to take the tale beyond the final confrontation with the first Demogorgon, Duffer confessed that the beloved Eleven character wasn’t meant to fare so well in the end. “So it was like, Eleven was gonna sacrifice herself and save the world and then that was gonna be it…”

However, when Netflix expressed interest in expanding Stranger Things into a full series, the siblings had to rethink their original plan. “I remember when we went into Netflix and we pitched this they were like ‘well, we like this but how could it keep going?’” said the television industry twin. “And you’re just sort of riffing in the moment and we were like ‘well Will’s back from this other dimension and he’s not doing very well.’ And they were like ‘great!’”

It certainly was great, as anyone who binge-watched their way through the second season can tell you. Now, we’ll just have to wait to see what’s in store for Eleven and her friends in season three of Stranger Things.

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