4 Stranger Things deaths that were absolutely inevitable

STRANGER THINGS. Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022
STRANGER THINGS. Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022 /
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STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson and Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022 /

Stranger Things developed reputation for killing off major characters every season. While most of the main characters have made it through all four seasons with a few scares, some of those character deaths were inevitable.

We picked four Stranger Things deaths that just had to happen. From the moment those characters appeared on screen, we knew they were doomed.

There are obviously spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t seen Stranger Things, you should go watch it on Netflix. Stranger Things season 5 is in pre-production, and it looks like that could change soon. While you wait for more updates on the new season, take a look a look at the list of the four character deaths we knew were coming in the series.

Let’s get the list started with the character that had to go the most, Billy Hargrove, played by the incredible Dacre Montgomery.

Billy Hargrove

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Billy Hargrove in Stranger Things season 2 on Netflix, played by actor Dacre Montgomery /

Billy, Billy, Billy. I don’t know if there’s a more polarizing character in the Netflix original series.

Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery) joined the Stranger Things cast in season 2. Immediately, he was awful to pretty much all of the other characters. At that point, we didn’t really know how Stranger Things treated its villains, but we had to assume things were not going to end well for Billy.

Dacre Montgomery, who plays Billy, is such a talented actor, and in season 3, he became the show’s lead villain and major thorn in the side of Eleven and the gang as they tried to figure out what the Mind Flayer was up to and why. Billy, while bad, wasn’t intentionally responsible for killing a bunch of Hawkins residents. He was under the influence and control of Mind Flayer.

As things got worse and worse for Billy in season 3, there’s no doubt his death became inevitable. It was really a matter of how the Duffer brothers and the writers were going to deal with his death.

After betraying Max, Eleven, and the rest of the Hawkins, Billy and Eleven connect during the battle at Starcourt. Eleven finds the part of Billy that is still human, which was his connection with his mother, and that gives him the strength to confront the Mind Flayer monster, which gives Hopper and Joyce enough time to turn off the machine keeping the gate open and save the day.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, Billy was killed by the Mind Flayer, but he did help in the end despite all the damage he caused. That was controversial for some fans because of how bad he was throughout his time on the show. It was pretty clear the whole time that his days were numbered.