27. Steve was definitely going to be a jerk originally
Perhaps one of the more interesting twists of Stranger Things came out the very end when we discovered that Nancy Wheeler chose Steve instead of Jonathan. While Jonathon definitely had a few flaws of his own, he and Nancy spent a lot of time together and seemed to understand each other better than Steve did. But unlike many jock tropes we’ve seen, Steve also seemed like he wanted to grow and be better. So by the end of the season, I was actually rooting for him. He didn’t just walk away from Nancy. Even when there was a giant monster in the living room and he had no idea what was happening. Good on him.
But the Duffer Brothers didn’t always write it that way:
"He was a trope. And then a couple things happened and we found Joe Keery, this actor who didn’t really fit our vision for Steve. But we just fell in love with this guy and wanted him in the show and kind of tailored the show for him. He was so charming and likable even when he was being a douchebag, we decided we would give him an arc. And it’s also very boring if you have a character who is a douchebag for seven hours. As you’re writing it, you want things to evolve. You want characters like that to grow. — Matt Duffer"
One of the things I like most about Stranger Things is, of course, the character development. There aren’t any true antagonists on the show. Even Dr. Brenner’s motivations are unclear. And while it would’ve been easy to make Steve a jerk, it was more satisfying to watch him replace Jonathan’s camera and wear that dope Christmas sweater.