According to Ross Duffer, the co-creator of Stranger Things, Eleven (played by Millie Bobby Brown) was nearly killed off before the hit Netflix series' second season.
Speaking at a panel at Chapman University in California, Duffer revealed that the show had originally been pitched as a limited series lasting but one season, so Eleven's character would have to die in a nice, tidy ending.
"Maybe I shouldn't say this because I like to pretend that it was all planned out," Duffer said, "but [Stranger Things] was originally pitched as a limited series. So it was like, Eleven was gonna sacrifice herself and save the world and then that was gonna be it."
Thanks to the show's overwhelming success, it's been all but guaranteed the series will last for at least four seasons, with a possible fifth if necessary. Director and Executive Producer Shawn Levy told Entertainment Weekly:"The truth is we're definitely going four seasons and there's very much the possibility of a fifth. Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely."
Thank god Eleven has survived, or we wouldn't have moment like this: