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With 'Stranger Things' season 3 featuring a bigger monster, here are all the duos we are rooting for

Some of them did not start off on very friendly grounds but season 3 will certainly see them put aside their differences and work together

Netflix's 'Stranger Things' is returning with its season 3 this July, and things are about to get pretty intense as Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and her gang face their biggest threat. With the Demogorgon increasing in size and Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) once again falling into the traps of the Upside Down, this time the gang will reconcile old relations while they find new friends and develop new partnerships with them.

Season 2 saw some of the characters forge unlikely alliances, such as Jim Hopper (David Harbour) and Eleven who are practically now a family, but on the other hand, there was also a subtle jealousy which was pretty evident in the first meeting between Eleven and Max (Sadie Sink). 

However, as the trailer of season 3 suggests, all such jealousy will take the back seat, and here are the top five duos that we are totally rooting for in the upcoming season:

1. Eleven and Max

Eleven and Max are probably ready to keep their differences aside. (IMDb)

We love the two leading ladies of 'Stranger Things' for their unconventional approach towards life and their self-relying nature. Although the two did not start off on amicable grounds in season 2, as Eleven was pretty jealous to see Max around Mike (Finn Wolfhard), season 3 will see the two girls work on their friendship.

As they enter their teenhood, Eleven and Max will experience quite a lot of things together. They both had their first kisses towards the end of season 2, and with season 3 they will experience the first bouts of love with Mike and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin). On the other hand, the two girls might just team up to take down the monster who has been threatening Hawkins since season 1. 

2. Jonathan and Steve

It would be great to watch Jonathan and Steve beat the hell out of Billy. (IMDb)

Like Eleven and Max, these two senior school boys were arch-enemies. Their common interest in Nancy Wheeler (Natalie Dyer) formed the base of their tiffs, and for the longest time, Steve (Joe Keery) acted like the typical high-jock who was too insecure to set his girlfriend free.

By the end of season 2, Jonathan (Charlie Keaton) and Steve might not have come together as friends but they both agreed to respect Nancy's choice of choosing Jonathan above Steve. Yet the two characters met on the ground where they found a common enemy in Max's brother, Billy (Darce Montgomery), and chances are the two will team up together against the only human villain on 'Stranger Things'.

3. Joyce and Hopper

Joyce and Hopper have been together since their high-school years. (IMDb)

It's high time these two get together. Being friends from their teenhood, Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Hopper came together in season 1 when Will went missing after the monster kidnapped him.

While most of season 1 saw them play the roles of partners in crime, season 2 was spent with Hopper acting as the third wheel between Joyce and Bob Newby (Sean Astin), until of course, Bob had to meet his fatal end. At the end of season 2, we witnessed the two share a joint in the parking lot, and let's just take a moment to consider couples who smoke together, stay together. So, it wouldn't be a surprise if season 3 sees a spark between the two, as we totally want them to get together. 

4. Robin and Erica

Erica will be soon back with her own storyline. (IMDb)

Erica's snappy comments quickly made her a fan-favorite in season 2, and in season 3 she is about to get her own parallel storyline with her own gang of friends. On the other hand, we have a new girl joining the team which will be Maya Hawke's character, Robin.

In a few pictures released by Netflix, we see a snap where Robin and Erica are seen together which can be suggestive of their upcoming bond. Both girls are quick with their wits and have the least regard for the ongoing drama between the other characters. While Robin might just find a romantic angle with Steve, Erica could easily end up the show-stealer for season 3. 

'Stranger Things' season 3 returns to Netflix July 4.