Maya Hawke Addresses Stranger Things Deaths: ‘The Show Has Too Many Characters’

Stranger Things season 4 featured the series’ highest kill count yet, and fans have still not recovered from some of the brutal deaths. One character’s demise, in particular, left a mark on everyone—the Hawkins outcast and metalhead, Eddie Munson, played by Joseph Quinn.

Maya Hawke, who plays Robin Buckley in Stranger Things, recently addressed the show’s growing number of deaths. Hawke is currently busy promoting her Netflix thriller Do Revenge and sat down with Vanity Fair for a lie detector Q & A session. When asked by her co-star Camila Mendes if Eddie deserved to die, Hawke responded, “I don’t think he should’ve died, but I do think the show has too many characters.”

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This is in line with Hawke’s earlier comments, in which she supported fellow Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown’s appeal to showrunners that they need to take inspiration from Game of Thrones and start killing off characters. Hawke is not even opposed to her own character dying in Stranger Things season 5 as long as it’s a “hero’s moment.” Here’s what she told Rolling Stone.

“It’s the last season, so people are probably going to die. I would love to die and get my hero’s moment. I’d love to die with honor, as any actor would. But I love the way that [showrunners] the Duffer Brothers love their actors. The reason that they write so beautifully for me and for everyone else is because they fall in love with their actors and their characters, and they don’t want to kill them. I think that’s a beautiful quality that they have, and I wouldn’t wish it away.”

Stranger Things Season 5 Will Be Shorter And Feature Less New Characters

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The Duffer brothers have confirmed that they won’t go the Game of Thrones route in Stranger Things season 5, as it would be far too depressing for a family show. “Believe us, we’ve explored all options in the writing room,” Matt Duffer said on the Happy, Sad, Confused podcast. “Just as a complete hypothetical, if you kill Mike, it’s like… That’s depressing… We aren’t Game of Thrones. This is Hawkins, it’s not Westeros. The show becomes not Stranger Things anymore because you do have to treat it realistically, right?”

Stranger Things is still rated TV-14, even though some fringe groups have been condemning Netflix for allowing excess profanity and violence in the series. But with season 5 being the final one, the Stranger Things showrunners, Matt and Ross Duffer, are not keen on taking unnecessary risks like killing off fan-favorite characters. Not all Game of Thrones deaths were welcomed by fans either, as many would recall, especially in the controversial season 8.

Also, Stranger Things season 5 won’t feature too many new characters as the focus needs to be on the original ones, who fans believe were sidelined in season 4. But fret not; Mike, Will, and Jonathan will have much more to do in season 5, the showrunners have promised.

Stranger Things season 5 is still being scripted and is unlikely to come out in 2023. As for Maya Hawke, she can be seen in the comedy thriller Do Revenge, currently streaming on Netflix.