Nothing bonds folks fairly like sharing hair-care secrets and techniques and looking demodogs, as Stranger Things Season 2’s greatest bromance illustrates so fantastically. But in accordance with collection creators Matt and Ross Duffers’ recap of “The Spy” for Vulture, Steve and Dustin’s friendship was a cheerful accident. That’s proper, Steve and Dustin’s bonding over Farrah Fawcett Hairspray wasn’t a part of the unique pitch for the present’s second season arc, it was born out of necessity through the writing course of.
It wasn’t till the Duffers realized that Steve was being sidelined as Nancy and Jonathan’s relationship developed that the fellows got here up with an thought to maintain him within the motion. Since Dustin was coping with a damaged coronary heart too, he turned the plain alternative to tug Steve into the youngsters’ storyline. Matt defined to Vulture,
“Obviously, Steve had just lost Nancy, and Dustin’s first crush was not going very well with Max. They’re an odd couple, but they’re bonded in that way. We thought they could each help each other get over their heartbreak.”
From that nugget of inspiration, one of many present’s greatest friendships was born. The coolest man in highschool and one of many nerdiest youngsters in center faculty could not look like they’ve a lot in widespread on the surface, however Steve and Dustin proved to be way more alike than both of them ever anticipated. Their friendship is so sturdy that Steve finally ends up driving Dustin to the Snow Ball dance within the finale, identical to a proud (and nervous) mbadive brother.
Not solely did Steve and Dustin need to take care of heartbreak this season, additionally they each skilled the sensation of being on the surface of their buddy teams. It’s implied that Steve has drifted away from his mates after the occasions of Season 1, and he would not have a post-high faculty plan lined up. In some ways, it looks as if he is put all of his power into his relationship with Nancy to keep away from enthusiastic about the long run. When the breakup happens, the fact that he is unsure what comes subsequent for him seems to hit dwelling.
Meanwhile, Dustin is coping with his mates rising up at a sooner charge than he’s. Sure, he has a crush on Max, however he is nonetheless extra keen on catching slimy pets and planning the proper Halloween costume. While Lucas is rising nearer to Max, Mike and Will are bonding over their shared Upside Down-related traumas, and Dustin is left very a lot on his personal to take care of the Dart drawback. It’s no surprise the Duffers determined to convey Steve and Dustin into one another’s orbit — from a personality standpoint, their conditions had been surprisingly comparable.
As quickly because the Duffers began writing for Steve and Dustin, they knew they’d one thing particular. In the Vulture interview, Matt mentioned,
“The minute we started writing them together — at this point, we knew the voices of the actors so well, and they just seemed to work really well together. It was like two very different notes that played really nicely together.”
Steve and Dustin wanted one another, and the fan response to the sudden friends means that the Stranger Things neighborhood wanted them too. They even gained over the hearts of the Duffers. Matt advised Vulture of the friendship, “That’s my favorite thing this year. Or my favorite surprise, because it was never planned.”
If you do not ship Nancy and Jonathan for every other motive, then you need to at the least be thankful for the their romance pushing the writers to seek out one thing to do with Steve. Because with out them, Season 2 could have been lacking the fantastic second when Steve Harrington divulged the key to his majestic hair simply to cheer up Dustin. And what sort of world would that be?
Stranger Things Season 2 nonetheless would have been good, however Steve and Dustin’s sudden bromance helped make it actually nice.