– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Relationships on television are like the specials at your local restaurant. Always changing, always updating, and often reverting back to fan favorites. How often viewers have spent following the drama of these relationships, only to see them go back and forth (I’m looking at you, Ross and Rachel).

So how does this hold for a series following a bunch of adolescent kids? Of course, I’m talking about Stranger Things. The first season of the show saw Mike and Eleven’s bond grow, and the second season saw it finally culminate into a cute little relationship. Season 2 also saw characters Max and Lucas grow closer, while Dustin was left with a pity dance with Nancy (next year, Dustin).

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But of course, these kids are kids, and these seasons pick up several months to a year after we left off. What will the relationships be for this show in the coming season? Are they still around, or are they left in shambles? Speaking at PaleyFest, executive producer Shawn Levy gave an update, saying:

“Mike and Eleven and are going strong, so that’s a relationship that continues, and same with Mad Max and Lucas. But again, they’re like 13- or 14-year-old kids, so what does romance mean at that stage of life? It can never be simple and stable relationships and there’s fun to that instability.”

Do I smell drama on the way? Given the age of the kids, it’s very possible. But hopefully, it doesn’t take away from the scares and thrills that the third season is sure to bring. The last thing we want is for the show to push all that front and center at the expense of the story at large.

Do you want to see them play down these relationships in Season 3? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.