Stranger Things 3 needs more Dad Steve

Stranger Things 3 - Credit: Netflix
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We need more Dad Steve in Stranger Things 3! Steve Harrington is a swiss army knife for the Netflix series, and he found his purpose at the end of Stranger Things 2.

Stranger Things 3 is going to have a lot of new things: more 80s colors, a mall, bigger mysteries, assassins, monsters and so much more. While those are necessary for the story to move forward, we’re hoping the Netflix original series doesn’t move too far away from one of the best parts of the second season, “Dad Steve.”

There are a lot of fan favorites in Stranger Things, but no character, or version of a character, may be more beloved by the fans than “Dad Steve,” Steve Harrington’s role that he’s forced into in Stranger Things 2. 

Some know the character as “Babysitter Steve” or even “Mom Steve.” Dad Steve is my favorite, so that’s what I’ll go with for the time being.

Luckily, it sounds like more Dad Steve is on the way. Producer Shawn Levy confirmed at much to The Hollywood Reporter.

When we first met Steve, he was basically the worst. He was the controlling boyfriend and bully, but in a medium that sometimes resists it, Steve changed over the course of the first season, primarily toward the end.

After an alley fight with Jonathan, Steve did a 180 and became part of the solution. He stood by Nancy and Jonathan’s side as they tried to trap and kill the demogorgon. It was great to see this character have a chance to grow up throughout the season. Then, the season ended, and we thought Steve’s old ways were behind him.

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Steve didn’t grow up all that fast, though. By the beginning of Stranger Things 2, Steve had no problem moving on with real life after he and Nancy got back together. He showed little empathy for Nancy’s feelings, and he didn’t understand this internal struggle and pressure she was feeling after Barb’s death.

Of course, Nancy felt somewhat responsible for Barb’s death, and she felt even more guilty that Barb’s parents still thought there was a chance she was still alive. That hope was killing Nancy, and Steve couldn’t relate.

Eventually, this grew to a breaking point, and Steve was officially left on his own, as Nancy re-partnered with Jonathan on a new mission. And, that’s when Steve really started to shine.

Dustin, who had been relegated to the sidelines with Lucas and Max growing closer and Mike dealing with the Shadow Monster inside Will, reaches out to the only person in the know about the demogorgon and Upside Down: Steve.

Steve, then, becomes a big brother of sorts to Dustin for the rest of the season, as they partner with Lucas and Max to try to catch Dart. He also is left to play father figure to all the kids when Eleven and Hopper close the gate and Nancy, Jonathan and Joyce burn the Mind Flayer out of Will.

Steve interacting with the kids and being the babysitter/dad of group was gold. Planned or not, these scenes produced some of the most memorable moments from Stranger Things 2. It’d be foolish for the Duffer Brothers to move Steve back to his outcast role in the new season. He needs to be with the kids, in the thick of all the action and mystery, trying to give them direction but really just being there step in with the nail bat if these go sideways. And, it’s Stranger Things; the plans always go sideways.

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Through two seasons, Steve has been somewhat of a swiss army knife for Stranger Things. He could easily be used to fill a gap or show up to add a little bit of drama.

In Stranger Things 3, Steve is working at Scoops Ahoy, an ice cream shop in the Starcourt Mall, along with the new character, Robin, played by Maya Hawke. It looks like they might have some romantic chemistry, and if they do, she could steal Steve away from the other characters in the new season.

Once it all hits the fan, though, and we know it will, Steve should be pulled back into the group, and he’ll be thrust back into his role as “Dad Steve,” the voice of reason and supervisor to their ambitious plans.

That’s the best we can hope for Steve in the new season. We don’t know much about his role yet, and we likely won’t find out too much before the season premieres. Whether by design or not, the Duffer Brothers have discovered an incredible role for Steve in the scope of the show, and they should continue to use the character in that Dad Steve role in the third season.

Some might complain that it’s just fan service to keep Steve in similar role in Stranger Things 3, but I don’t think so. It’s not like Steve is just used for comic relief. He’s going to be an influential figure in Dustin’s life and the lives of the other main characters. What they’ve gone through can’t be discussed in public, and they’ll have to rely on each other moving forward. And, that’s where Dad Steve is needed most.

Stranger Things 3 premieres on Netflix on July 4, 2019. Stay tuned for more news about the new season!

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